Book of Mormon
Lesson 1
The Keystone of Our Religion

Lesson Highlights

A study of this lesson will help us understand how the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and how abiding by its precepts helps us draw nearer to God.

Scripture references for study:  1 Nephi 13:38–41; 19:23; 2 Nephi 25:21–22; 27:22; 29:6–9; Mormon 8:26–41; Ether 5:2–4; Moroni 1:4; 10:3–5; Doctrine and Covenants 10:45–46; 20:8–12; 84:54–58. Also study the introductory material to the Book of Mormon, including the Title Page, and the Introduction (including the Testimony of Three Witnesses, the Testimony of Eight Witnesses, and the Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith).
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The Keystone Of Our Religion

On Sunday, November 28, 1841, the Prophet Joseph Smith spent the day in council with the Twelve at the home of Brigham Young. The Prophet indicated that Joseph Fielding was also present, having recently returned from his mission to England. Joseph Smith said of his teaching that day, "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." (HC, 4:461)

Resource Note 1The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion by President Ezra Taft Benson.

Witnesses Of The Book Of Mormon

As Joseph Smith was translating the plates, he learned that he would not have to be the lone witness of the plates.



Why Study The Book of Mormon?

26 Reasons for Studying the Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon Was Written for Our Day.

A Person Can Get Nearer to God.

Gospel Doctrine Notebook

Journals have a wonderful way of helping us to focus our thoughts on that which is most important. What if we spent a few minutes each week recording our thoughts about the Sunday School lesson and assigned scriptures? At the end of the year we would have a wonderful treasure of knowledge and inspiration. President Spencer W. Kimball stated that our journals can be "a source of great inspiration to you, each other, your children, your grandchildren, and others."

THE CHALLENGE:  Obtain a notebook and title it The Gospel Doctrine Class - Book of Mormon. Each Sunday spend 10-20 minutes recording your thoughts about the teachings and scriptures for the current lesson. I believe that you will find at the end of the year you will have a greater appreciation for the Book of Mormon and its teachings. I believe that you will be inspired to live better and more fully implement the teachings of the scriptures into your daily life.

If you have thoughtfully and prayerfully studied this lesson, you must stand convinced that an ongoing study of the Book of Mormon is absolutely necessary. It has the power to change and strengthen lives. All of us need that. It is the "keystone" of our religion and we need to make it the keystone of our testimonies. Along with keeping a journal or notebook, consider the making the following two commitments for the year 2016:

Resources Used In This Lesson

Conference Reports (CR).


History of the Church by Joseph Smith (HC).

The Book of Mormon Is The Word of God, a talk by Ezra Taft Benson (Covenant Recordings, Inc., © 1986)

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