You have likely found your way to this blog post for one, of two, reasons. Either, you are interested in some of the best Book of Mormon quotes from the musical, OR some awesome quotes from the actual Book of Mormon scriptures. Hmmm… how did Google interpret your search?? Search Engine Optimization = one of my most FAVORITE things to study.
Well, let’s cut to the chase. As a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (and HUGE FAN of it, by the way), I seek to promote things that are wholesome, uplifting, and kind… sooooo, The Book of Mormon scriptures. That’s where I’m at.
In this post, you will find 7 of my personal best Book of Mormon quotes. Although, let’s be real… I’m basically obsessed with the entire Book of Mormon and this post could have been a million more than seven. But, for the sake of time, for you and me, I narrowed it down.
And, if Google failed you, I would love if you gave the actual B.O.M. a chance, and stick around…
7 of the Best Book of Mormon Quotes
‘Quotes’ might not even be the best word for this. I mean, really they’re just scripture verses, inside of quotations. But, we can call them quotes, scriptures, or tidbits of awesomeness. Any of those will work just fine.
For each scripture that I picked, I wanted to associate a question that it answers, and explain the context. When you’re done reading them, if you want to learn more, I won’t leave you hanging. I’ll give you some great resources at the end of the post, or I can even mail you a Book of Mormon (for free, no missionaries… I mean, unless you want them.)
How can we know the truth?
Having left all of his earthly possessions behind and learned of the destruction of his people, Nephi was in no mood to walk in on his brothers complaining. They were frustrated at their lack of understanding, in regards to their father’s vision. After mentally gathering his strength, Nephi questioned his brothers. What were they so upset about? Upon hearing their reasoning, he wisely asked, “Have ye inquired of the Lord?” Fist bump, Nephi. That’s EXACTLY who you should go to when you need guidance and understanding. God is so much wiser than your brother (or other family members), friends, teachers, and Google.
Then, Nephi took it a step further. He reminded them of what needs to be done to know the truth (something MUCH needed in the world today.)
Book of Mormon Quote #1
“Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said? – If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you.” – 1st Nephi 15: 11
Take it in.
Have a soft heart, ask God in faith, and keep His commandments. —> TRUTH
Is cultural relativism true and good?
Nephi’s father, Lehi, was a prophet of God. He had been warned in a dream that he needed to take his family and flee Jerusalem, as it would soon be destroyed. This was about 600 BC. After arriving in the Americas, by boat, his family set out to flourish in the land, and stay close to God. Unfortunately, that didn’t always go as planned. But, we won’t get into that right now.
Before his death, Lehi spent ample time, teaching his children about correct principles, in hopes that they would choose God’s path. One of the subjects focused on 6 philosophies of the world: existentialism, atheism, hedonism, pessimism, relativism, and determinism. Cultural relativism is rampant in today’s world. Is it true? Good? Lehi, as well as myself… and God, for that matter… would say ‘no.’
Book of Mormon Quote #2
“Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seekers that all meant might be miserable like unto himself.” 2 Nephi 2:27
God has given us the gift of agency and the light of Christ, which helps us know right, from wrong. Because of those gifts, we can choose to live how we want, but cannot avoid the consequences. Mercy cannot rob justice. God is merciful, but justice has to be served for our sins, either by us (it sounds pretty miserable), or by taking advantage of the Atonement of Christ through repentance. Right and wrong has been established. We have the information we need to know right and wrong, so hopefully we will choose the path towards ultimate peace and happiness, and take advantage of the Atonement, when we lose our way. “Therefore, cheer up your hearts and remember that ye are free to act for yourselves… “ (2 Nephi 10:23) “…consider the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God…” (Mosiah 2:41)
What does God want me to do?
Alma was the Chief Judge in the land of Zarahemla, as well as the High Priest of the church. He was a remarkable leader, one who led the people by example and by the precepts of God. Despite times of prosperity and righteousness, he noticed the people of the church began to lift themselves up in pride and turn their backs on the needy. It broke his heart to see those who knew the teachings of God, and whom he had counseled, behaving so badly. So, Alma decided to give up his position of power, as the Chief Judge, and dedicate his life to preaching the word of God, as the High Priest. He travels from land to land, and in one of my favorite sermons, answers the question, “What does God want me to do?”
Book of Mormon Quote #3
“And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive, and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.” Alma 7: 23-24
Alma was no stranger to living life “incorrectly.” His youth was filled with sin and causing the church, as well as his family, a major headache. His conversion story, alone, inspires me to want to improve continuously and learn what God wants me to do. The entire Book of Alma, in The Book of Mormon is truly a GREAT read.
Is The Book of Mormon good?
Alma’s mission continues. He is found teaching the Zoramites, a people who had previously followed the teachings of God, but had lost their way. “For it was the cause of great sorrow to Alma to know of iniquity among his people, therefore his heart was exceedingly sorrowful because of the separation of the Zoramites from the Nephites.” (Alma 31: 2)
He took some fellow missionaries to the Zoramites land, Antionum, and found the people to be involved in greater sin than he had imagined. He cried to God, “Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren again unto thee.” (Alma 31:35)
God did bless him, and success was found teaching the Zoramites who had been cast out by the people, being lower in class. They were taught (again) about God, what He asked of them, and how they could know truth. He shared God’s love with them, and helped them know that they were worthy.
As mentioned, he taught them how to know truth, by inviting them to put any statement of belief to the test, such as… “Is the Book of Mormon good?”
Book of Mormon Quote #4
“Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true see, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves – It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginners to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginners to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.” (Alma 32:28)
The Holy Ghost is charged with helping us discern truth. When we take a statement of belief, approach it with an open mind, study it, and take our questions to God, He will let us know, through the Holy Ghost, if what we are asking is true and good. We can know it is good from the swelling motions in our heart, the warm enveloping feelings, and/or the increase of knowledge and understanding. God WANTS us, as individuals, to know the truth. He NEEDS us to know, so that we can have the conviction we need to stand for truth and righteousness, in this increasingly dark world. He longs for us to return back home to Him.
If you put The Book of Mormon to the test, following the proper procedures, you will find, as I have, that The Book of Mormon is good. It’s a good seed… it’s true! Also, I highly encourage you to read the rest of the chapter to hear about what you need to do, after discovering truth.
How do I survive life?
In the book of Helaman, closer towards the end of The Book of Mormon, the Nephites are increasingly losing their way. No longer are they known for righteousness. They are riddled with dissension and wickedness, and because of that, God leaves them to their own devices. If they think they’re so smart and know the acceptable way to live, then try it! Yep, no. Doesn’t go so well. They’re plagued by war and bloodshed, and the sons of the prophet, Helaman (a different Nephi and Lehi) have heavy hearts. How could the Nephites turn their back on the very God and commandments that brought them peace, prosperity, and happiness?! How can anyone do that??
Nephi and Lehi, like Alma, decide to devote all of their energies to preaching the word of God, in hopes of bringing their people back to a remembrance. They reflect on the words of the father, Helaman, who encouraged them in righteousness.
The following Book of Mormon scripture, Helaman’s counsel, is sound advice for all of us.
Book of Mormon Quote #5
“And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.” (Helaman 5:12)
What does it mean to build your foundation upon Christ? Well, in a nutshell, it means to put Him first in your thoughts and actions.
When you make decisions, consider what He would have you do. Even, ask Him. When you associate with others, treat them as He would treat them. Help them to feel their value and God’s love. When you wake up in the morning, start your day with a prayer and let His Spirit guide you throughout the day. Learn of Him, and try to live as He lived and taught… every day. And, when (not “if”) you fail, repent of your sins, and start again. Keep him the FOCUS of your life. With Christ as your foundation, you “cannot fall.” That is the key to surviving life. Not just surviving… THRIVING. Feeling peace, guidance, and love.
How do I feel better?
As mentioned earlier, The Book of Mormon starts with Nephi telling the story of his father, Lehi, being warned by God that Jerusalem would be destroyed and that his family needed to flee the area. Lehi, a prophet, tried to warn the people of Jerusalem, but he was mocked and persecuted. The people would soon see that Lehi was correct in his prophesy. Needless to say, Lehi took his family and left by boat to the Americas. Roughly 30 years after they left, Nephi started his record… the Book of Nephi, which is compiled with books by other great men and prophets, in The Book of Mormon.
The following scripture is found in the last verse of the very first chapter of his record. In it, Nephi clearly explains his purpose in keeping his record… and, it’s a good one.
Book of Mormon Quote #6
“And when the Jew heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.” (1 Nephi 1:20)
I love that. The “tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen…” How do you become chosen?? By simply deciding to learn about Jesus Christ and strive to live like Him. Become one of His disciples. Try it, and watch your life change. You will see how even when life is incredibly difficult, you feel peace, assurance, guidance, love, all of the good feelings you long for. You will even see small (or big) miracles that help you know that He is present and He is proud of you. If you don’t know where to start, in your quest to draw closer to Christ and to feel better, send me an email (link in this post.) I’ll give you a little more direction.
Will I ever see God?
Part of being a prophet is teaching the word of God to others. Nephi spent a lot of his time teaching his family and posterity about God. He loved the writings of Isaiah, and much of the second “book” in The Book of Mormon is his sermons based on Isaiah. After his huge sermon and prophesying, he wanted to spend more time focusing on the doctrine of Christ. Those topics include things like repentance and baptism. He teaches what is needed to gain eternal life, which means to live where God lives, in His presence.
Book of Mormon Quote #7
“Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” (2 Nephi 31:20)
Eternal Life is reserved for those who love God and follow His teachings. The best news ever is that basically all of us are eligible to attain eternal life, no matter what our lives have looked like in the past. And, when I say “basically,” I’m excluding… um, serial killers and that level of evil. I can’t imagine that’s you, right?! So, the ability to obtain eternal life includes YOU. We can start right now to repent, improve, and focus our lives on God. As a huge side benefit, our current lives will be MUCH happier and fulfilling, as well.
How about a bonus question?!
How do I know if The Book of Mormon is true?
Well, along with the method found above in the scripture of Quote #4, you can also accept Moroni’s promise. Moroni is the final prophet in The Book of Mormon. He is wandering the land to preserve his life and finish his record, as he is being hunted by the Lamanites. He eventually buries the plates in the ground and that is the last we hear from him. The record is complete, about 421 A.D. It is never to be seen again until Moroni appears, as an angel, to Joseph Smith and directs him to the buried plates. By the power of God, Joseph is able to translate the plates from reformed Egyptian in the early 1800’s. For that reason, we consider it the MOST TRUE book in the world, as God does not make mistakes.
The Book of Mormon was written and PRESERVED for our day. These ancient prophets put all of their effort into keeping the record for us. Why? Because the behavior patterns of the people in The Book of Mormon, the doctrines taught, the wars, etc. are relevant to what’s happening to us today. This book of scripture is our warning of what will happen if we don’t repent and live as God wants us to. It also teaches us about the methods of our enemy (Satan) and how to prepare ourselves for his attacks. If we want to understand the doctrines of Christ better, how to find joy, peace, and guidance in this life… all of that, and more, is found in The Book of Mormon. That is why we are so passionate about it.
THIS is the promise that the ancient prophet Moroni makes at the end of his writings, in regards to how we know if the book his father (Mormon) has compiled and his own words are true and good…
“Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how merciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and ponder it in your hearts.
And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.” (Moroni 10:3-5)
Where can I buy a Book of Mormon?
Don’t buy one. I can get you one for free! There’s a couple options that you have…
- If you would like to speak with missionaries and receive a Book of Mormon from them, you can do that here: Missionary Delivered Book of Mormon. Of course, I highly recommend that because the missionaries will be available to you to answer the questions you have. If you would like to try attending a sacrament meeting of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, they can accompany you and help you to feel more comfortable. My sweet son is currently serving a mission in Mexico, so I have an extra sweet spot in my heart for all missionaries. They are far from home, away from their families, and relying on the Lord to guide them in their work. Please be kind to them! I love hearing all of the awesome stories my son writes home about, regarding the kind and loving people he gets to teach.
- If you’re not ready for missionaries, I understand that too. We are all on our own journey and in different places in life. I will totally send you a Book of Mormon, pay for the shipping, and there are absolutely no strings attached. I love the book that much. And, I know the power it holds in helping others draw closer to God. I want you to have it in your hands, to learn from it and find the peace and guidance it offers. Please let me send you one! It’s as simple as sending me an email with your name and address. I’ve sent thousands over the years and I promise that I will never, ever, ever give your address away. After you email me, I will send you a list of my favorite resources for you to go through, while you’re waiting for your book to arrive. I mail it and that’s it! And of course, if you have any questions about The Book of Mormon or The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I will be here for you. My email is ladies @ oneshetwoshe . com ~ And, you can read more about my Book of Mormon shipping efforts here: Exactly How to Receive a Book of Mormon Without Missionaries.
Have a happy day! God loves you sooooo much.
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