Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible.
Scriptural witnesses authenticate each other. This concept was explained long ago when a prophet wrote that the Book of Mormon was “written for the intent that ye may believe [the Bible]; and if ye believe [the Bible] ye will believe [the Book of Mormon] also” (Mormon 7:9). Each book refers to the other. Each book stands as evidence that God lives and speaks to His children by revelation to His prophets (D&C 5:10).
Love for the Book of Mormon expands one’s love for the Bible and vice versa. Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible. We are indebted to martyrs who gave their lives so that we could have the Bible. It establishes the everlasting nature of the gospel and of the plan of happiness. The Book of Mormon restores and underscores biblical doctrines such as tithing (Alma 13:15; 3 Nephi 24:8–10), the temple (2 Nephi 5:16; Jacob 1:17; Jacob 2:2, 11; Mosiah 2:5–7), the Sabbath day (Mosiah 13:16–19; 18:23), and the priesthood (2 Nephi 6:2; Mosiah 18:18; Alma 6:1; Alma 13:1–3, 6–11; 3 Nephi 18:5; Moroni 3:1–4).
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Modern Day Scripture's Relation to the Bible
From a talk given by Apostle Russell M. Nelson: