Dear Seeker of Truth,
Yes, you read that right. The Book of Mormon is truly the best friend that the Bible has. Why? Where else will you go to find a scriptural record outside of the Bible that testifies of the divine origins of the Bible?
8 Therefore repent, and be baptized in the name of Jesus, and lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you, not only in this record but also in the record which shall come unto the Gentiles from the Jews [The Holy Bible]… Moroni 7:8
Did you know that The Book of Mormon teaches that the Bible is the word of God? This book, written by people in the Americas previous to the year 500 AD, indeed testifies that the Bible is the word of God. Not only does The Book of Mormon directly testify of the divinity of the Bible, but it also teaches and testifies of specific truths found in the Bible.
The Book of Mormon even declares that it was written with the intent that we would believe the Bible. Think about that for a minute. The Book of Mormon itself says that one of its purposes is to help convince people to believe in and be thankful for the Bible.
9 For behold, this [The Book of Mormon] is written for the intent that ye may believe that [The Holy Bible]… Moroni 7:9
It really isn’t hard to understand. God calls multiple witnesses. The Bible is full of individual books from various time periods. While they each have a unique context, they unite in their testimony of God and His Christ. These individual books were collected and combined into one volume that we now know as The Holy Bible. The Book of Mormon came about in much the same way, only it was done on the American continent. It is a collection of various individual books that were combined into one volume.
The Book of Mormon shares a core purpose of the Bible, especially the New Testament: its purpose is unto the “convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations…” – Title Page
Some like to say that The Book of Mormon is dangerous and false because it takes away from or adds to the Bible. It really doesn’t–watch this to understand. It shares the same testimony as does the Bible. It testifies that the Bible is God’s word. It teaches people to follow Jesus Christ. It invites the Holy Ghost into the lives of those who feast therein. It truly is the best friend that the Bible has in this world of ours.
If the Bible were in a court room being charged with fraud, there would be another book of scripture eager to defend it. That book is The Book of Mormon, and it would be faithful to the very end. And the Bible would be proud of its little buddy from across the pond. Then they’d go off testifying together of the divinity of Jesus Christ and of His approaching second coming, which is precisely what they do today.
When I hold both of these books in my hand, I feel like the most fortunate man in the world. Whether it be Joshua (who I was named after) showing me his powerful example when he says, “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” Joshua 24:15, or whether it be Jesus Christ raising Lazarus from the dead. Whether it be Nephi building a ship and sailing with his family from Asia to the Americas, or Jesus Christ blessing the children during his visit to the descendants of Lehi and Mulek. Regardless of the book I read, I feel of God’s love for me.
I love and testify of the divine origin of both the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon. I know within my heart that God gave us these books for our benefit. They, together, stand as a powerful witness that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, and that Jesus Christ will return to the Earth in great glory.
The Bible and The Book of Mormon are now and will ever be Best Friends Forever!