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The Keystone of our Religion

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Book of Mormon Lesson 4: Title Page, Introduction, and Testimony of Witnesses

To Prepare: Read through the linked lesson above and print a copy of the activity below for each child participating. You will also need scissors, glue, and another piece of paper or a scripture journal for gluing the pieces to.

To Teach: Begin with a prayer. Then we read the title page of the Book of Mormon. We talked about what it is and where it came from. Then, we read this quote from Ezra Taft Benson.

“The major mission of the Book of Mormon, as recorded on its title page, is ‘to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ, the eternal God, manifesting himself unto all nations.’

“The honest seeker after truth can gain the testimony that Jesus is the Christ as he prayerfully ponders the inspired words of the Book of Mormon.

“Over one-half of all the verses in the Book of Mormon refer to our Lord. Some form of Christ’s name is mentioned more frequently per verse in the Book of Mormon than even in the New Testament.

“He is given over one hundred different names in the Book of Mormon. Those names have a particular significance in describing His divine nature.”

The kids thought it was cool that half of the verses in the Book of Mormon mentioned or referred to Christ, and also that a hundred names were used to do it. I asked them to each try to come up with a name for Jesus Christ. Then I had them flip to a random page in the Book of Mormon and see if they could find a reference to Jesus. Only one child couldn’t find a reference on their page (it was one of the battle chapters in Alma!) and they found at least one name they hadn’t thought of.

Then we talked about how the Book of Mormon is the keystone of our religion. Use the worksheet to talk about how our church is built on the twin principles of Jesus Christ and his atonement, and Latter-day prophets/revelation. The Book of Mormon testifies of Christ, and is evidence that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

We also read Moroni’s promise and talked about how to get a testimony of the Book of Mormon.

Finish by cutting and building your arch. You did it!

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