"President Hinckley has encouraged us to read the Book of Mormon to lift us above the things of the world, to enjoy the things of the Lord. He said, 'Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God' (Liahona and Ensign, Aug. 2005, 6). These blessings are far more valuable than material possessions." (Elder L. Tom Perry, "Blessings Resulting from Reading the Book of Mormon," Ensign, Nov. 2005, 8-9)
"A . . . marvel of the Book of Mormon translation process is that from
what we know, rarely would Joseph go back, review, or revise what had
already been done. There was a steady flow in the translation. . .
."Emma Smith said of the inspired process: 'After meals, or after
interruptions, [Joseph] would at once begin where he had left off,
without either seeing the manuscript or having any portion of it read to
him' ("Last Testimony of Sister Emma," Saints' Herald, 1 Oct. 1879,
290). One who has dictated and been interrupted must usually resume by
inquiring, 'Now, where were we?' Not so with the Prophet!"If one were
manufacturing a text, he would constantly need to cross-check himself,
to edit, and to revise for consistency. Had the Prophet dictated and
revised extensively, there would be more evidence of it. But there was
no need to revise divinely supplied text. Whatever the details of the
translation process, we are discussing a process that was truly
"In Lehi’s dream an already difficult journey gets more difficult when a mist of darkness arises, obscuring any view of the safe but narrow path his family and others are to follow. It is imperative to note that this mist of darkness descends on all the travelers—the faithful and the determined ones (the elect, we might even say) as well as the weaker and ungrounded ones. The principal point of the story is that the successful travelers resist all distractions, including the lure of forbidden paths and jeering taunts from the vain and proud who have taken those paths. The record says that the protected “did press their way forward, continually [and, I might add, tenaciously] holding fast” to a rod of iron that runs unfailingly along the course of the true path.4 However dark the night or the day, the rod marks the way of that solitary, redeeming trail."