Gordon B. Hinckley Chapter 16: The Power of the Book of Mormon is a great lesson to strengthen and share testimonies. I remember when I first gained a simple testimony of the Book of Mormon. My family wasn't really active in the church at the time but my Grandma had asked me if I had read the Book of Mormon. Back then I don't even think I understood the difference between the Bible and Book of Mormon and I certainly hadn't read it all. I didn't love to read either so I wasn't thrilled about the challenge. My Grandma said not to worry, the illustrated version would count so away I went at it. It was more enjoyable than I had anticipated- I actually liked it. When I finished, I prayed about it and simply knew.
It's been a long time since then and I still love reading the Book of Mormon. I'm only in my 30's and I'm amazed at how much I still gain from it each time I read it. I can't even imagine what another 50 years of reading will do for me. That's one of the reasons I love hearing the prophets testify of the book. They are still learning from it too. We get what we put into it. I hope we never tire of reading it.
Questions to Ponder
Some of these questions are from the manual, others are ones that I thought of- use them in your preparation, lesson, or to help you think of your own.
- Why do you personally need the Book of Mormon?
- What are some passages of the Book of Mormon that have strengthened your testimony of Jesus Christ?
- What examples have you seen of the Book of Mormon and the Bible going "hand in hand" in testifying of the Savior?
- Why do you think the promise found in Moroni 10:3-5 is more important than the physical evidences of the Book of Mormon?
- What experiences have you had with the Moroni's promise?
- How does the Book of Mormon testify of the truths mentioned in section 3?
- How does the Book of Mormon help you find solutions to the problems mentioned in section 4?
- What are some passages in the Book of Mormon that have helped you in times of personal challenge?
- If someone were to ask you about the Book of Mormon, what could you say about how it has influenced your life?
- Did you participate in the 2005 challenge to read the Book of Mormon? What were your experiences with it?
- How can you share the Book of Mormon with someone this week?
- How has the Book of Mormon been a comfort for you? A guide?
- In what ways has the Book of Mormon changed your life and your perspective?
Here are some articles to study as you continue to prepare for your lesson. They should NOT replace the manual but rather help answer questions and strengthen your own testimony so that it is easy to teach with confidence and answer questions that arise during your lesson.
"The Power of the Book of Mormon" by President Thomas S. Monson
"Look to the Book, Look to the Lord" by Elder Gary E. Stevenson
"Safety for Soul" by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland
"A Book with a Promise" by Elder Craig C. Christensen
"Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon" by President Ezra Taft Benson
"A Testimony of the Book of Mormon" by Elder Russell M. Nelson
"The Book of Mormon Will Change Your Life" by President Henry B. Eyring
"There Is Power in the Book of Mormon" by Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr.
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"A Witness and a Warning" by President Ezra Taft Benson- Short and powerful book
"101 Powerful Promises from the Book of Mormon" by Wayne E. Brickey
There are A LOT more especially for reading with your family. I like the "The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families."
Book of Mormon Testimonies (about 4 minutes)- Prophets and Apostles share the importance of gaining a testimony of the Book of Mormon. Please note this is not available for download so if you want to use it- email the link or share it on social media before or after your lesson for continued discussion.
A Book of Mormon Story (about 5 minutes)- A story about how the Book of Mormon changed a bishop's perspective forever.
What Is the Book of Mormon? (about 1 minute)- A short overview of The Book of Mormon
Testimony of the Book of Mormon (about 4 1/2 minutes)- Testimony from Elder Jeffrey R. Holland.
See this page for even more great videos about the Book of Mormon.
These are my ideas. My hope is that reading my thoughts will be a springboard to finding the right plans for your class.
- Challenge your class to make a goal for reading the Book of Mormon. There are several different reading schedules here including one that you can customized to whatever you need. Or print my free bookmark out. It has 90 circles- color one in for every day you read 6 pages and you'll be done in 3 months. Be sure to follow up and encourage others. There are even Instagram accounts to help people stay on track.
- In the introduction it talks about President Hinckley's role in bringing about a radio series about the Book of Mormon. Start your lesson with a little radio show of your own- you can even call some people beforehand to help read your script. Then talk about ways the Book of Mormon is real or comes to life for you.
- Write on the board, "Goals for Reading the Book of Mormon" on the board and have people fill it in with some of theirs- either before class or during. We all have different ways of approaching the Book of Mormon, the important part is to get into it. Have people share their experiences with their current goal or past ones and what helped them to stick to it.
- Use these free templates to give time to write down testimonies or to include in a copy of the Book of Mormon to share with someone.
- In my video above, I mentioned at YouTube channel (I Love the Book of Mormon) that has testimonies about the Book of Mormon. You can watch some in class, make your own, or share it with your ward at a different time. Find more information about the Book of Mormon church campaign I referred to here. You can even use the different hashtags to divide your lesson or divide into groups and give each one a different tag to discuss and present.
- Create a timeline on the board- Use the top half to describe main events in the Bible and the bottom half to describe events in the Book of Mormon showing how they support each other. Here's a timeline for the Old Testament, one for the New Testament, and one for the Book of Mormon.
- Break up into groups and discuss the different ways people use to mark the scriptures. It's always interesting to hear what people focus on and get more ideas for your own study.
- Have the missionaries come in and share a story of when they testified of the Book of Mormon or when they witnessed someone develop a testimony of it. Ask them to bring pass along cards or extra copies of the Book of Mormon for people to take as well. Follow it up with this quote from the manual, "Each time we encourage others to read the Book of Mormon, we do them a favor."
- Pick one passage from the Book of Mormon and discuss how it applies to everyone single person in your classroom as well as everyone in the world. Be sure to ask everyone’s thoughts. What Bible verses can you tie in as well?
- Do a Before and After sketch on the board for someone that reads the Book of Mormon. You can do the Before yourself then have your class do the After explaining their reasoning for saying such or siting a real example.
- Take challenge of section 4. State problem, look up the verses in the index to find the answer and discuss it as a class. You may want to pick a problem beforehand by polling your class online or if you are comfortable with it, have someone bring up a problem in class. The key is find the answer together.
- Make a bunch of If...Then statements on the board. All the first part with be "IF the Book of Mormon is true THEN...." Have different people come up and finish the sentences or do it as class and discuss. It's kind of like the site IFTTT when there are these automatic sequences as a result.
- And of course, you can always tie this great church sign into your lesson. It's the one that says, "Don't pray about the Book of Mormon...that's how they get you."
- My Computer Is My Canvas has another great handout packet for this lesson- I love the Book of Mormon chocolates.