“Has the fact that we have had the Book of Mormon with us for over a century and a half made it seem less significant to us today? Do we remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon? In the Bible we have the Old Testament and the New Testament. The word testament is the English rendering of a Greek word that can also be translated as covenant. Is this what the Lord meant when He called the Book of Mormon the “new covenant”[in D&C 84]? It is indeed another testament or witness of Jesus. This is one of the reasons why we have recently added the words “Another Testament of Jesus Christ” to the title of the Book of Mormon.” –President Ezra Taft Benson
I’ve never thought of reading the Book of Mormon as a covenant before, but when I read this talk by President Benson this morning, it was like a lightbulb went off for me! What is a covenant? A two way promise between me and my Heavenly Father.
If we promise to “read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in [our] hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true.”, then His promise to us is that, “those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10:3–5.)
But wait! There’s more! As usual, His promise gets better if you keep reading to find out that, “Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah.”-Introduction to the Book of Mormon
Making and keeping covenants is one of the most important things we can do in this life. I’d never thought of studying the scriptures as such, but now I’m THAT much more motivated to do it diligently and enthusiastically!