For we labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ, and to be reconciled to God. - 2 Ne. 25:23

"The test of [the truth of the Book of Mormon] lies in reading it," said President Gordon B. Hinckley of the first Presidency in his October 1984 general conference address.

"Reasonable men may sincerely question its origin; but those who have read it prayerfully have come to know by a power beyond their natural senses that it is true, that it contains the word of God, that it outlines saving truths of the everlasting gospel, that it came forth by the gift and power of God `to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that Jesus is the Christ.'

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"It is here. It must be explained. It can be explained only as the translator himself explained its origin. Hand in hand with the Bible, whose companion volume it is, it stands as another witness to a doubting generation that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God."

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