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

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President's Message


Stephen Ricks


President Benson, Book of Mormon study, instrument, elect, gathering of Israel


Perhaps no president of the Church in recent memory has stressed the importance of reading and studying the Book of Mormon more often than President Benson. In the October 1988 General Conference of the Church, President Benson commended the many people who have promoted Book of Mormon study, and he stated: "The Book of Mormon is the instrument that God designed to 'sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out [His] elect' (Moses 7:62). This sacred volume of scripture needs to become more central in our preaching, our teaching, and our missionary work .... We need to read daily from the pages of the book that will get a man 'nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book' (History of the Church 4:461 )."