Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Feasting on the Word: The Literary Testimony of the Book of Mormon, Richard D. Rust, Book of Mormon studies, beauty, truth


"My love of great literature and my testimony of the saving principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ converge in seeing the Book of Mormon as sacred literature. To take a literary approach enhanced by spiritual sensitivity is to engage our full capacities in understanding and feeling. It is to delight in how something is said in a way that reveals its essence. This approach is appropriate and helpful in respect to the Book of Mormon. In this work of literature, God-directed prophets speak to us in the most powerful and effective ways possible by interconnecting truth, goodness, and beauty."