Abiding Precepts – Title Page

It is often pointed out in Sunday School lesson after seminary lesson after institute lesson that the title page of the Book of Mormon was actually included in the plates from which the book of scripture was translated as the final plate in the collection. As such I consider it to be part of the scriptures which can contain the precepts we are searching for in this stream of thought. We will skip the “Introduction” and the “Brief Explanation About the Book of Mormon” as they were added much later and thus were not part of the book as it existed when Joseph Smith made his prophetic statement and after this head into the witnesses and Joseph’s personal experience.

Read the full text here: Title Page of the Book of Mormon

Passage #1

An account written by the hand of Mormon

Title Page of the Book of Mormon

Precept #1

Keep a journal of your own life. Write it with your own hands and don’t forget to include sacred things.

When was the last time you wrote in your journal? Today? This week? This year?

Passage #2

Written to the Lamanites . . . and also to Jew and Gentile . . .

Title Page of the Book of Mormon – Paragraph 1

Precept #2

The Book of Mormon was written for you to read. Read it! Make sure to read the other scriptures too!

How often do you read the books God made for you to read? How has that changed your life and impacted your relationships?

Passage #3

. . . to the convincing of Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations . . .

Title Page of the Book of Mormon – Paragraph 2

Precept #3

Believe that Jesus is the Savior, the eternal God, and that if you ask for it He will “manifest” himself to you.

What was the last manifestation you received from the Lord? Did you write about it or share it with others (if appropriate)?

Passage #4

. . . condemn not the things of God . . .

Title Page of the Book of Mormon – Paragraph 2

Precept #4

Find out what things come from God and treasure them. Do not condemn or reject them. Make sure you haven’t already condemned something that really is from God.

How do you know something comes from God? How do you feel when you treasure the things He has given you?

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