The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Moroni 10:4-5

The Holy Ghost is the Testifier of Truth, who can teach men things they cannot teach one another. In those great and challenging words of Moroni, a knowledge of the truth of the Book of Mormon is promised 'by the power of the Holy Ghost.' Moroni then declares, 'And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things' (Moro. 10:4-5)." - Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Father, Son, and Holy Ghost," Ensign, Mar. 1998, p. 7

It is interesting that within verse 3 [Moro. 10:3], the verb for what we are to do with the teachings of the Book of Mormon changes from 'read these things' to 'receive these things.' Then verse 4 [Moro. 10:4] begins with the words, 'And when ye shall receive these things,' and goes on to tell us what we are to do after receiving something. Why the word change from read to receive? Because Moroni is talking about two different states of mind. It is one thing simply to have something to read; it is quite another thing to be willing to let that which we read enter our minds and hearts in order to give it full consideration. Thus, in his usage of receive in verse 3, Moroni asks us to receive into our minds and hearts the realization of God's mercy from the Creation until now, a realization that comes after remembering God's goodnesses to the children of men. Now, in verse 4 he again uses the word receive in exactly the same way-but this time he is talking about the thing we have in our hands to read-the Book of Mormon. He is talking about the step of receiving the teachings contained in that which we have read-considering them or receiving them into our minds and hearts so that we can ponder them in order to be prepared for the next step, which is to accept an answer from our Heavenly Father." - Gene R. Cook, "Moroni's Promise," Ensign, Apr. 1994, p. 12-14

"To me, the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon is most evident in the mighty change that comes into the lives of those who read it 'with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ.' (Moro. 10:4.) Many of them forsake much that they held dear to be true to their new commitment to abide by the precepts of that book. The Book of Mormon truly is a treasured testament. There is no other book quite like it. Can you find any other book delivered by an angel? Can you think of any other book prepared for people to read centuries later? Its writers did not write it for readers of their day. No royalties accrued to its authors from sales to contemporary consumers. In fact, its authors paid dearly for their privilege of authorship, as did its translator." - Russell M. Nelson, "A Treasured Testament," Ensign, July 1993, p. 65

"Now God expects us to use the Book of Mormon in several ways. We are to read it ourselves-carefully, prayerfully, and ponder as we read, as to whether this book is the work of God or of an unlearned youth. And then when we are finished reading the things in the book, Moroni exhorts us to put them to the test, in these words: 'And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, He will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.' (Moro. 10:4.) I have done as Moroni exhorts, and I can testify to you that this book is from God and so is verily true." - Ezra Taft Benson, "The Book of Mormon Is the Word of God," Ensign, Jan. 1988, 3

"The Bible's teachings about the Holy Ghost are reaffirmed and elaborated in the Book of Mormon and in modern revelations. The Holy Ghost is the means by which God inspires and reveals his will to his children (e.g., D&C 8:2-3). The Holy Ghost bears record of the Father and of the Son (see 3 Ne. 28:11; D&C 20:27; D&C 42:17). He enlightens our minds and fills us with joy (see D&C 11:13). By the power of the Holy Ghost we may know the truth of all things (see Moro. 10:5). By his power we may have the mysteries of God unfolded to us (see 1 Ne. 10:19), all things which are expedient (see D&C 18:18; D&C 39:6). The Holy Ghost shows us what we should do (see 2 Ne. 32:5). We teach the gospel as we are directed by the Holy Ghost, which carries our words into the hearts of those we teach (see 2 Ne. 33:1)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Always Have His Spirit," Ensign, Nov. 1996, p. 59

President Gordon B. Hinckley has said, “I cannot understand why the Christian world does not accept this book.” I first read the Book of Mormon at the age of 21. I then asked God if it was true. The truth of it was manifested unto me by the comforting power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Book of Mormon is a second testament of Jesus Christ. I join my testimony with the prophets of this sacred book to declare that “we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ.” I am deeply grateful for every word that He has spoken and for every word He continues to speak as He quenches our thirst with living water. – Gary J. Coleman, “Mom, Are We Christians?” Ensign (CR) May 2007

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