Bible References About
The Book of Mormon
Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe The Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ are two volumes of scripture that testify of the Divinity and Earthly ministry of The Savior, Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon doesn't supersede or replace the bible, it compliments it by providing a second independent witness to its authenticity and prophetic nature.
These two books enable people who read them to have a better understanding of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon makes several references and prophecies concerning the Bible, but does the Bible do this likewise?
Yes, it does. Here are some biblical verses that prophesy about and have connections to the Book of Mormon, and Joseph Smith.
"Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
Okay, so this doesn't explicitly mention anything about the Book of Mormon-but there is a connection. The Book of Ether, one of the records in the Book of Mormon is the record of a group of people that migrated to the Americas when they were scattered abroad upon the face of all the earth by The Lord after the Tower of Babel incident.
"Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven."
This verse is the psalmist's reference to the gold plates being buried in a hillside by the prophet, Moroni, in approximately 400 AD. In 1823, Moroni led Joseph Smith to where the plates were hidden. In 1827, Joseph was finally allowed to remove the plates. He translated them by the power of God into what is now known as the Book of Mormon - named after the prophet, Mormon. Truth literally and poetically sprung up from the earth.
Isaiah 29: 4, 11-14
"And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech shall whisper out of the dust." "And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid."
Verse 4 speaks of the destruction of Christ's believer's in the Americas, and their records on the gold plates being buried. Their words came up with a whisper out of the dust.
Verses 11-14 are very prophetic and directly linked with LDS history. Joseph Smith copied some characters engraved on the plates on to a piece of paper. He gave them to Martin Harris to bring to a language expert in New York for verification. The expert identified the writing as Reform Egyptian, but quickly recanted after Martin explained where the writings came from. The expert's exact response was "I cannot read a sealed book". This is almost word for word with verse 11. There is an obvious connection in verse 12. Joseph Smith only had a 6th grade education. He was not a "learned man". Through the power of the Holy Ghost, Joseph was able to translate the writings into English. Since then God has produced a "marvelous work and a wonder" among this people — restoring and spreading the priesthood and true gospel of Jesus Christ across the Earth.
Ezekiel 37: 15-20
"The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying, Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes."
The "sticks" being referred to are the records of God's covenant people. The two sticks are companions to each other making one. The stick of Judah is obviously the Bible, since the Jews are through the tribe of Judah. The stick of Joseph referred to is the Book of Mormon. Lehi, the first prophet of Book of Mormon, was a descendant of the tribe of Joseph. Today the Bible and Book of Mormon are companion books in the hands and before the eyes of people today.
John 10: 15-16
"As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd."
Unless you're one of those Da Vinci Code types, you know that Jesus didn't teach anyone outside the Middle East during His Mortal Ministry. So who the heck are these "other sheep" that are part of His fold, that He will teach in person?
After His Resurrection, Christ visited his followers in the Americas and taught them His Gospel as He had in the Middle East. (So much for the Book of Mormon being a different gospel than the Bible) The record of this visit is found in the book of 3rd Nephi, in the Book of Mormon. There is some anecdotal corroboration for belief in Christ visiting the Americas. For example, there are Peruvian traditions of Great White God that came to Earth to teach the people. There are also traditions of a White God that came down from heaven and promised to return that were chronicled in the book, "He Walked The Americas".
2 Corinthians 13:1
"This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established."
Paul is teaching that God doesn't proclaim truth through one witness, He uses 2 or 3. The Book of Mormon is Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Purpose of the Book is to "convince the Jew and the Gentile that Jesus is The Christ." The Bible is the first witness and the Book of Mormon bears a second witness that all the promises, prophecies, and miracles in the Bible are true. It even supports the things that archaeology could never prove.
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."
This passage prophesied of Moroni, the angel carrying the Book of Mormon which contained the everlasting gospel. It was brought forth in this day to prepare the world for the Second Coming of The Lord, and God's judgment.
Here's a bit of trivia for you. Cyrus Dallin was not a member of the LDS Church, but he was commissioned to design the Angel Moroni statue for the top of the Salt Lake Temple. He got his inspiration for his now famous design from this scripture because it reminded him of Moroni's story.