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Why We Need The Book of Mormon if We Already Have the Bible – Explained in 200 Seconds

Why We Need The Book of Mormon if We Already Have the Bible – Explained in 200 Seconds

One of the first questions people have when they are introduced to the Book of Mormon for the first time is this, ‘Why do we need the Book of Mormon if we already have the Holy Bible?”

It’s a great question, and it’s one that flows from a false belief that because we have the words of the Bible that nothing more is needed.

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The prophet Nephi foresaw people’s reactions to the coming forth of the Book of Mormon over 2,300 years ago when he wrote:

“And because my words shall hiss forth—many of the Gentiles shall say: A Bible! A Bible! We have got a Bible, and there cannot be any more Bible.” – 2 Nephi 29:3

This perspective is understandable. For many, it comes from a need to defend the importance of the Bible, and there is a feeling that because members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have additional scripture, they perhaps don’t value the Bible.

The next time you encounter someone who sincerely wonders why the Book of Mormon is necessary, refer them to this brief video that includes a portion of Russell M. Nelson’s talk on the importance of the Book of Mormon and it’s role in teaching us about the true gospel of Jesus Christ.

President Nelson does a wonderful job of showing examples of what Nephi meant when he said the following about how the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible work together:

“…[they] shall grow together, unto the confounding of false doctrines and laying down of contentions, and establishing peace among the fruit of thy loins, and bringing them to the knowledge of their fathers in the latter days, and also to the knowledge of my covenants, saith the Lord.” – 2 Nephi 3:12

You can watch President Nelson’s talk below.


AJ. Mclean

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

These Mormon people talk out of both sides of their mouth. They say that the Bible has had many "plain and precious truths" removed from it, and you need the BOM to recover these truths. Then they go on to say how everything in the Book of Mormon is corroborated by the Bible and vice-versa. Its all fallacious. There are no "plain and precious truths," removed from the Bible that appear in the BOM. If not so -- where are they? No, morons, your circular reasoning balderdash does not work on Born again, Holy Ghost filled Christians!

Ben Arkell

Tuesday 28th of December 2021

A.J., there are many points of doctrine that are more clearly explained in the Book of Mormon.

Here's one: baptism.

Can you tell me, from the Bible, if baptism is necessary? Who should be baptized? At what age? How should they be baptized?

Many religions disagree on this one ordinance and have many interpretations yet the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants make it very clear how this ordinance is to be performed.

Evy Chansing

Friday 24th of April 2020

I'm inspired of the word in the BOM its Touches my heart always ❤️❤️

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

The second day l was visited by the missionarys,they read a verse that I can not remember but it really touched my spirit s deep I asked them where is that verse found in the Bible they. Answered it is found only in the BOM.There and then I made up my mind to accepted the restored Gospel

Kimberly A Stewart

Wednesday 22nd of April 2020

The Book of MORMON is TRUE. I feel the Holy Ghost in abundance when I read it. I have a witness every time I read it. I love the book of MORMON. I am sooo happy to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I love it.

Linda R Dennis

Thursday 14th of March 2019

What an incredible message from President Nelson regarding the Truthfulness of The Book of Mormon. How fortunate I was introduced to this Holy Writ of Scripture as a child. I remember vividly the experience I had when I received testimony of it's truthfulness from the Holy Ghost after praying for a witness as instructed by the Prophet Moroni in Moroni 10:4. When a member of the Godhead touches your heart and reveals the truthfulness of anything, you can never deny it. And indeed, this is what happened to me. And it can happen to you. If you do not have a copy of this latter-day book of scripture, please secure one quickly and start feasting on the words contained therein. Put Moroni's challenge to the test to see for yourself. I promise you will not be disappointed if you ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, the truth will be manifest to you by the Holy Ghost. Try it, come see.