Many of us refer to the Bible and the Book of Mormon when we want to know more about our Savior and Heavenly Father. While the Doctrine and Covenants is referenced when people want to know about the LDS Church history and its governance. However, this book also contains profound truths about Jesus and Heavenly Father.

One of its teachings is that Christ is our advocate with the Father. He pleads our cause to Heavenly Father and asks that all of us who come unto Him be spared and receive everlasting life. What glorious knowledge that He, who lived a perfect life and committed no sin, pleads to our God for our salvation, that we may be cleansed from all unrighteousness and have a place in the Father’s kingdom. Because He died, all those who come and partake of the blessings of His Atonement will be saved.

The book also teaches that “the worth of souls is great in the sight” of both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  They love every soul that has ever lived, and  they sacrifice so much for all of us to be saved. We are worth so much that Jesus Christ suffered the most excruciating pain and death to ransom all men from their sins. And men’s souls are so great that the Lord, in His wisdom, has sent thousands of missionaries throughout the world to declare the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of His atoning sacrifice.

Another teaching is that the Father and the Son have, “a body of flesh and bones as tangible as man’s”. This revelation verifies the truthfulness of one doctrine in the Book of Moses: that we were created in the image of God. If we were created in His image and His likeness, it must be that He has a body like the body that we have, except that He is immortal. It also proves that the reunion of spirit and body during resurrection is real, since Jesus is a living God whose body is the same body that was laid in a tomb thousands of years ago. The Savior, going through everything to set the example for us—including baptism, death and resurrection—is a perfect example of a shepherd.

There is also an account of the 116-page manuscript of the Book of Mormon that was lost by Martin Harris. Through this situation, the Lord has shown that He is always prepared against the cunning plans of the adversary. He prepared another account to compensate for the lost manuscript, thousands of years before it was lost. This shows that He is indeed an all-knowing God and His wisdom in all things must be trusted. He has prepared a way for us to accomplish all the things that He commands us to do. This account also emphasizes that the work of salvation cannot be frustrated.

Lastly, the book teaches that the Lord is “bound when [we] do what [He] say[s].” This is a very generous promise that as long as we obey His commandments, God will fulfill His promises. Of course there will be times when the promise seems afar off, but the Lord remembers and through Him, waiting need not be in vain.

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