Witnesses of the Book of Mormon

Chapter 9, Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Fielding Smith

As you consistently focus your life on the most basic principles, you will gain an understanding of what you are to do, and you will produce more fruit for the Lord and more happiness for yourself.

From "I Have Given You an Example" by Elder Richard G. Scott, April 2014 General Conference

What is your favorite part of the Book of Mormon?


What are some specific ways we can grow our love for the Book of Mormon?


Unto all nations, kindreds, tongues and people unto whom these presence shall come—

It having been represented by one John Murphy of Polo [Caldwell County], Missouri, that I had in a conversation with him last summer, denied my testimony as one of the three witnesses to the Book of Mormon—

To the end thereof, that he may understand me now if he did not then, and that the world may know the truth, I wish now, standing as it were, in the very sunset of life, and in the fear of God, once for all to make this public statement:

That I have never at any time, denied that testimony or any part thereof, which has so long since been published with that book, as one of the three witnesses.

Those who know me best, will know that I have always adhered to that testimony—And that no man may be misled or doubt my present views in regard to the same, I do now again affirm the truth of all my statements as then made and published.

—David Whitmer

Though the special witnesses never denied their testimonies of the Book of Mormon, how could they fall away from the Church?

(And how can we avoid doing so?)


I am just as firmly convinced that this Book of Mormon from which I have read is the word of God and was revealed, as Joseph Smith declared it was revealed, as I am that I stand here looking into your faces. Every soul on the face of the earth who has intelligence enough to understand may know that truth.

How can he know it? All he has to do is to follow the formula that was given by the Lord himself when he declared to the Jews that they who would do the will of his Father should know of the doctrine, whether it was of God or whether he spoke of himself (see John 7:17).

My witness to all the world is that this book is true.

—Joseph Fielding Smith

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: Safety for the Soul

We can all be witnesses to the Book of Mormon.

(See Moroni 10:3-5.)