174: The Keystone of Our Religion (BoM Gospel Doctrine Lesson 1)

“The Keystone of Our Religion”


What is your relationship with the Book of Mormon? Be honest. Start where you are. How can you improve it?

This episode encourages class members to honestly discuss the Book of Mormon, explains the importance of this Book of Scripture, and covers additional topics such as truth, inspiration, and the nature of the witnesses to the Book of Mormon.


Class Member Reading: 1 Nephi 13:38–41; 19:23; 2 Nephi 25:21–22; 27:22; 29:6–9; Mormon 8:26–41; Ether 5:2–4; Moroni 1:4; 10:3–5; Doctrine and Covenants 10:45–46; 20:8–12; 84:54–58; title page, the introduction, the Testimony of Three Witnesses, the Testimony of Eight Witnesses, and the Testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Additional Reading: The Book of Mormon—Keystone of Our Religion” (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, Nov. 1986, 4–7; see also Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 3–7).


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You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF).

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“Benjamin the Scribe’s” Overview of Lesson 1 including helpful links

Book of Mormon Lesson 1, Mormon Women Project: Our Cooperative Ministry

Evaluating the Book of Mormon Witnesses, Steven Harper


Thanks to Devin Roth for the bumper music.