I was inspired by the New Testament blogs Daniel Peterson published on his blog on a rather consistent basis. The blog consisted of various New Testament versus or readings in which Dr. Peterson provided his notes and insights regarding the verse.
He recently started to do something similar with the Book of Mormon, starting with the introduction. Since I am a bit of an admirer of Peterson’s work and follow his blog on a pretty consistent basis, I thought I would participate in this activity as well.
So, starting with the tittle page of the Book of Mormon, I hope to teach readers about the message of the Book of Mormon, and maybe add something else depending on revelation granted to me.
Also, if any readers feel like commenting, please feel free to do so and teach me! I am always willing to learn more. Anything, ranging from neat cross references or personal insights, will be greatly appreciated. I reserve the rights to delete any comments I so choose.
So, without further adieu, The Book of Mormon introduction:
There were a few reasons Mormon explains why the Book of Mormon was given to us:
“1]to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; 2] and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever- 3]And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations.”
Reason one is true, and carries eternal significance as we will read.
The third reason, I think, is of most importance. To “the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS if the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD.” Any criticisms from our Protestant brothers and sisters who claim Mormons are not Christian, is misleading.
The reality of the “Golden Plates” were inevitable. The testimony of the 11 witnesses cannot be denied that they “beheld and saw the plates; and the engravings thereon.”
My last and final note derives from the testimony of the three witnesses. “we know that it is by the grace of God the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ, that we beheld and bear record of it [the Plates of Brass].”
Christians who candidly remark that Mormons don’t believe in the Grace of God is misleading, at best, and at times outright dishonest.