A Preface To The Book of Mormon

January 27, 2020

A Witness of Jesus Christ our Eternal Father and God:

“Wherefore it is an abridgement of the Record of the People of Nephi; and also of the Lamanites; written to the Lamanites, which are a remnant of the House of Israel; and also to the Jew and Gentile; written by way of commandment, and also by the spirit of Prophesy and of Revelation. Written, and sealed up, and hid up unto the Lord, that they might not be destroyed; to come forth by the gift and power of God, unto the interpretation thereof; sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of the Gentile; the interpretation thereof; sealed by the hand of Moroni, and hid up unto the Lord, to come forth in due time by the way of the Gentile; the interpretation thereof by the gift of God; an abridgement taken from the Book of Ether.

Also which is a record of the People of Jared, which were scattered at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people when they were building a tower to get to Heaven; which is to shew unto the remnant of the House of Israel how great the things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever; and also to the convincing of the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the Eternal God, Manifesting Himself unto all nations. And now if there be fault, it be the mistake of men; wherefore condemn not the things of God, that ye may be found spotless at the judgment seat of Christ.

Foreword of the 1830 ed. Book of Mormon

Scriptures that testify that Jesus is the Eternal Father and God from the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon:

20 “And I looked and beheld the virgin again, bearing a child in her arms.
21 And the angel said unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father! Knowest thou the meaning of the tree which thy father saw?
22 And I answered him saying: Yea, it is the love of God, which sheddeth itself abroad in the hearts of the children of men; wherefore it is the most desirable above all things.
23 And he spake unto me saying, yea, and the most joyous to the soul.
24 And after that he had said these words, he said unto me, look! And I looked, and I beheld the Son of God going forth among the children of men; and I saw many fall down at his feet and worship him.” (1 Nephi 11:20-24)

40 “And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which is of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father and the Saviour of the world; and that all men must come unto Him, or they cannot be saved;

41 and they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore, they shall be established in one, for there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth;
42 and the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews, and also unto the Gentiles; and after that he hath manifested himself unto the Jews, and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles, and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” (1 Ne. 13:40-42)

Consider why it says “he shall manifest himself” when speaking of the one God and one Shepherd over all the earth rather than saying “They shall manifest themselves”. It is because it is speaking of one God who is Shepherd over all this earth. He is the Good Shepherd. I say this because Jesus asked the question of a certain ruler,

“Why do you call me good? Jesus replied: There is only one good and He is God” (Luke 18:19)

35 “behold, the Lord esteemeth all flesh in one: He that is righteous, is favored of God. But behold, this people had rejected every word of God, and they were ripe in iniquity; and the fulness of the wrath of God was upon them; and the Lord did curse the land against them, and bless it unto our fathers, unto their obtaining power over it” (1 Nephi 17:35)

6 “And also, my soul delighteth in proving unto my people, that save Christ should come, all men must perish.
7 For if there be no Christ, there be no God; and if there be no God, we are not, for there could have been no creation. But there is a God, and he is Christ; and he cometh in the fullness of his own time.” (2 Nephi 11:6-7)

Scriptures that testify that Jesus is the Eternal Father and God from the Bible:

Though the purpose of the entire bible as well as the Book of Mormon is to testify that Jesus is our Eternal Father and God following the example of His Father and God, I will only give a few references and let the reader satisfy themselves on a more personal examination of the scriptures.

“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:11)

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.” (Luke 7:37-38)

“And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is: Hearken and hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord;
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength.” (JST Mark 12:34-35)

“Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.” (John 20:27-28)

A Third Witness of Jesus Christ from the Doctrine and Covenants

Joseph Smith the Prophet revealed the following to David Whitmer in June 1829:

1 “A great and marvelous work is about to come forth unto the children of men.
2 Behold, I am God; give heed to my word, which is quick and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the dividing asunder of both joints and marrow; therefore give heed unto my word.
7 And if you keep my commandments and endure to the end you shall have eternal life, which gift is the greatest of all the gifts of God.
8 And it shall come to pass that if you shall ask the Father in my name, in faith believing, you shall receive the Holy Ghost, which giveth utterance, that you may stand as a witness of the things of which you shall both hear and see, and also that you may declare repentance unto this generation.
9 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, who created the heavens and the earth, a light which cannot be hid in darkness.
-D&C 14:1-9

Introduction To The Book of Mormon

“By the revelation of Jesus Christ, and with the realization that the greatest souls the Restoration can name were converted upon the merits of the 1830 edition, it was decided that the True and Living Church of Jesus Christ of Saints of the Last Days would reprint this edition and claim it as its standard.

The Prophet said, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (Joseph Smith Jun., November 28, 1841)

For those of us who have approached God, or who have been approached God, we have found the above statement to be true. Indeed, any who will live the teachings of this book, and also all the teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Jun., will find themselves in the presence of God and His angels…”

Signed James D. Harmston and First Presidency