“Behold These Things Which Ye Call Prophecies”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

The Book of Mormon is everlastingly relevant. It is at once timeless and timely. President Ezra Taft Benson has taught us repeatedly that the Book of Mormon was written for our day. He writes:

“The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times. It was meant for us. Mormon wrote near the end of the Nephite civilization. Under the inspiration of God, who sees all things from the beginning, he abridged centuries of records, choosing the stories, speeches, and events that would be most helpful to us. Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations [see 2 Nephi 25:21; Jacob 1:3; Enos 1:15-16; Jarom 1:2; Mormon 7:1; Mormon 8:34-35; Enos 9:30].... If they saw our day, and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon? We should constantly ask ourselves, ’Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record? What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?’” (A Witness and a Warning, pp. 19-20.)

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3