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The Keystone of Our Religion, The Keystone of Our Faith

The Book of Mormon is a compelling witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

The Book of Mormon is often referred to as the keystone of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Why? In his talk “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon,” Elder Tad R. Callister answers: “Because if it is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet and this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ, regardless of any historical or any other arguments to the contrary.” 

The Book of Mormon] is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet and this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ, regardless of any historical or any other arguments to the contrary. -Tad R. Callister

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Critics are quick to look for flaws that disprove the Book of Mormon. Elder Callister explains that in order to disprove the Book of Mormon, critics must explain how a farm boy could produce such a book and also provide explanations as to how the book “radiates with the Spirit” and contains so much profound doctrine on topics such as the Fall of Adam and the Atonement of Jesus Christ. 

Pondering these explanations for the legitimacy of the Book of Mormon can strengthen our faith, but we need not rely on them alone to know its truthfulness. We can come to know that it is true if we pray and ask our Heavenly Father. By doing so, no critic can shake our testimony, and we can come to know that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s church on the earth today.

Read more about the logical truths that support the veracity of the Book of Mormon in Elder Callister’s talk “God’s Compelling Witness: The Book of Mormon.”

—Emma Valentine, Latter-day Saint Insights

Source: General Conference

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