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In 1986, then-Elder Russell M. Nelson met with an African tribal king at a lecture at a university in Accra, Ghana. The king was a serious student of the Bible and loved the Lord. But when Elder Nelson introduced him to the Book of Mormon, he became very interested.
“You could have given me diamonds or rubies,” the king said, “but nothing is more precious to me than this additional knowledge about the Lord Jesus Christ.”
“My brothers and sisters, how precious is the Book of Mormon to you? If you were offered diamonds or rubies or the Book of Mormon, which would you choose? Honestly, which is of greater worth to you?”
Doctrine and Covenants 42:12–13
12 And again, the elders, priests and teachers of this church shall teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon, in the which is the fulness of the gospel.
13 And they shall observe the covenants and church articles to do them, and these shall be their teachings, as they shall be directed by the Spirit.
President Nelson then asked members to consider three questions:
“First, what would your life be like without the Book of Mormon? Second, what would you not know? And third, what would you not have?”
What are your answers to these questions? Let us know in the comments!