To me the Book of Mormon is about revelation, powerful miracles, and miraculous power. The central figure of the Book of Mormon is Jesus Christ. The story is developed around a people, the Nephites, who believed in Jesus Christ as the son of God.
The actors (that is those who took action) in the Book of Mormon, did so by revelation, by the command of God, from Lehi leaving Jerusalem, to Nephi building a ship, to Mormon making an abridgement, to Moroni burying the plates. They provided the hands and feet, but it was the power of God that effected so much.
The authors and compilers wrote by revelation. They wrote as they were inspired, by revelation. And they wrote the doctrines that were given to them via revelation.
It was brought forth to light by revelation, and the power of God, revealed by an angel, under the direction of God.
It was translated by revelation, and the power of God.
It was, and continues to be, promulgated by revelation; preached and distributed under direction by God, via revelation, and by his power.
The truth of it is given by revelation to the sincere investigator.
The meanings of the doctrines therein are communicated via revelation to the sincere student of it.
There is information hidden in it, “written between the lines,” which is revealed to the sincere seeker.
The book is a lightening rod for revelation, bringing further light and knowledge concerning all areas to those who strive to live its teachings.
God’s hand and miraculous power are evident throughout the book, its contents, the events it describes, and the mere continuation and preservation of the book and its source documents, throughout the 1000 year Nephite dynasty. Very few other dynasties in the history of the Earth have maintained a 1000 year compilation of records in an unbroken chain. What other object of such detail and such divine information then lay hidden for another 1400 years, untouched by human hands?
Please excuse the use of a profane word, but the word “magic” is the closest word I can muster to describe the powerful awe and amazement that the Book of Mormon both merits and generates. “Divine” and “miraculous” are more appropriate, but those words are not unique or powerful enough due to being overused and diluted in a religious context.
Of course it's not magic, but somehow it attracts, focuses and outputs revelation for those who read it, study it, and try to live accoridng to its teachings. It's both an instruction book, and a doorway. It's an access point to the divine.
As others have pointed out, the fact that the Book of Mormon exists can at times be more powerful and influential than the teachings it contains. Its existance means the heavens are opened, that God communicates with man, that prophets walk the earth, that the canon is not complete, that miracles have not ceased, that God is not silent, and he has not changed.
My life has been changed, redirected, uplifted through my discovery of the Book of Mormon 25 years ago. I already had the Bible, and believed in it. But the Book of Mormon is along the likes of what the Bible was originally meant to be.
The Book of Mormon seems to have its own Law of Attraction. People are attracted to it, and come unto it, in miraculous ways. The book also seeks out people. Put a few extra copies in your car, office, home, school locker, and see what happens. Seek out a few opportunities to place copies of the Book of Mormon, and see if the windows of heaven don’t open and the Lord blesses you with more opportunities. Do a little, and the Lord will teach and empower you to do more. Exercise faith with the Book of Mormon, and the Lord will confirm it with testimony, and point you to a higher level of faith.
If you do so, I believe the deceased ancestors of the people within your sphere of influence will petition the Lord to inspire you to use the Book of Mormon to initiate contact with their descendants. Such is the excitement and efforts that the Book of Mormon creates on both sides of the veil.
The Lord has sent missionaries all over the world with the Book of Mormon. And because there aren’t enough missionaries, and because some countries won’t accept missionaries, he is bringing his sheep from all over the world to the United States to get the Book of Mormon. I recently witnessed a professor from mainland China get baptized before going back to China.
Possession of copies of the Book of Mormon, and a willingness to distribute it, and testify of it, will bring further revelation to you on how to carry that out, and empower you to do so.
It’s a book about ancient revelation from the Lord, his miracles and his power. The book itself is revelation, miraculous, and powerful. The study of and the effort to live the book brings you the Lord's revelation, miracles and power. One’s willingness and efforts to promulgate and distribute the book also brings about the Lord's revelation, miracles, and power.
Knowing that a book, just printed words on paper, can bring revelation, miracles and power, it should be no surprise that the Savior, Jesus Christ, the source of all light and energy in our universe, has as one of his titles “the Word”.
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