BY ITS PRECEPTS
When I first read the statement by Joseph Smith suggesting that a person could get nearer to God by abiding by the precepts found in the Book of Mormon than by any other source, it came across, well, a bit audacious. I started to wonder though, just what were those specific precepts, or principles? If I was going to test them out and try to live by them, then I would need to identify what they were. And so began my own quest to find those precepts and test them out.
Now, after decades of discovery and application, I can say with confidence, that Joseph Smith's bold statement is both truthful and real. The precepts found in the Book of Mormon help me better understand God and draw closer to Him. Period. The teachings are powerful, practical, and they shed light on many aspects of daily living.
The following precepts are those which I have uncovered and which have helped me. Whether or not you believe the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon, it is worth your time to at least consider the practical precepts that it teaches and how it might bring more enlightenment in your life, and bring you closer to God.
- D.L. Walker
pre·cept | noun - commandment or direction meant as a rule of action or conduct
Word of God
Mercy and Forgiveness
Love and Charity
Change and Improvement
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a firm believer in the power and authenticity of the Book of Mormon. It came into my life as a teenager and has made all the difference. The story of its coming forth is unusual, for sure, at least to the world. But the fact is that the Book of Mormon just works...it is a workbook, a guidebook that points a person to Jesus Christ. It works beautifully in conjunction with the Holy Bible.
One prophet-writer in the Book of Mormon, Nephi, states its purpose in this way: 1) it persuades people to do good, 2) it teaches of the Lord's dealings in the past so we can know of His ways, which are well-proven, 3) it speaks (continually) of Jesus and persuades people to believe in him, 4) it teaches us to endure with faith and hope to the end of our lives.
You owe it to yourself to try it out.
- D.L. Walker
(These are my own thoughts...this is not an official website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)