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TitlePolicies and Announcements
Publication TypeMagazine Article
Year of Publication1986
Corporate AuthorsEnsign Staff
Issue Number7
Date PublishedJuly 1986
KeywordsMissionary Work; Scripture Study

A letter from the First Presidency of the Church encouraging prospective missionaries to read the entire Book of Mormon.


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The following letter from the First Presidency was sent to priesthood leaders throughout the Church.

The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and [one] would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” (History of the Church, 4:461.)

As part of the final preparation for their missions, would you please encourage prospective missionaries to read or reread the entire Book of Mormon between the time they are interviewed and the time they are set apart as missionaries? Parents and bishops or branch presidents should follow through to encourage them to read and ponder its message and put it to the test found in Moroni 10:3–5. [Moro. 10:3–5]