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Book proves truth of scriptures

In the Book of Helaman the Lord revealed that one of the major purposes of the Book of Mormon was to prove to the world that the holy scriptures are true, stated Monte S. Nyman, BYU professor of ancient scripture, in his presentation "The Restoration of the Plain and Precious Parts: The Book of Helaman."

"There are four separate areas of Bible study where the book of Helaman restores or verifies the biblical text," he continued. "These areas are: 1. Biblical personages and incidents. 2. Bible prophets. 3. Bible prophecies. 4. New Testament principles that were originally taught in the Old Testament."In a world of sophisticated pseudointellectualism, oftentimes there is doubt cast upon the existence of certain biblical characters, particularly characters who lived during the first few thousand years of the Old Testament. The incidents recorded about these characters are questioned and often considered as only myths and legends of an ancient people.

"The names of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are mentioned extensively throughout the Book of Mormon. In the book of Helaman these three pillars of the Old Testament are historically affirmed. In the third chapter [of HelamanT, Mormon testified that those who would lay hold of the word of God would land `their immortal souls, at the right hand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go no more out.' " (Hel. 3:29-30.)

Many principles taught in the New Testament were originally taught in the Old Testament, Brother Nyman related. Some of these principles are also taught throughout the Book of Mormon and are one more evidence of the plain and precious parts being lost from the Bible as shown to Nephi. (1 Ne. 13:23-29.)

"The Sermon on the Mount . . . concludes with a comparison of the wise man building upon the rock and the foolish building upon a sandy foundation. (Matt. 7:23-29). The nearly identical sermon given by Jesus to the Nephites in A.D. 34 is prefaced with an admonition; build upon the rock of Christ and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. (3 Ne. 11:39-40.) Possibly the Matthew account had a similar preface before plain and precious things were lost."

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