According the the Church News, on September 17th, 2017, President Russell M. Nelson spoke to a crowd of young adults during an institute devotional at Utah State University. “Sharing an experience he had with a Protestant minister, President Nelson spoke of his answer to the minister’s question if he – ‘believed in the Bible, every word of it?’
We are told over and over again to read the Book of Mormon, yet our current prophet gave an invitation to reread the Bible. “This time, he said, he is seeking to learn how the inspired and holy ancient record predicted the coming of the Book of Mormon.
I want to know its prophecies about the gathering of Israel,” he said. ‘I want to find its prophecies about the Restoration of the gospel in its fulness in these latter days.’”
Isaiah 29:12 testifies of Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel in the latter days: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. Consequently, the prophet Isaiah foretold of Joseph Smith 2500 years before he was born!
Ezekiel 37: 19-20 reads: Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.
“President Nelson invited listeners to begin with him in those particular chapters, because ‘they each foretell the coming forth of the Book of Mormon.’
President Nelson said, ‘When the Bible and the triple combination were first bound in one book, we felt that this amazing prophecy had been fulfilled. Now, most of you have all of those scriptures ‘bound as one’ in your telephone.’
How many of us are prepared for a conversation about the Bible and the Book of Mormon? Will we know what to say when someone of another faith questions of whether the Bible testifies of our church? Do we know what evidence confirm the Restoration of the Gospel? How does the Bible prophesy of the latter days?
The prophet finished his address by saying “my beloved brothers and sisters, we love the Holy Bible,” he said. “It’s the word of God. And we love the Book of Mormon. It is the great clarifying scripture provided to us by the gift and power of God. Indeed it is ‘another testament of Jesus Christ.’ These two books are companions. We hold them together—bound as one—as foretold long ago by prophets of God.”
If you would like to read the entire news story, and also hear of why President Nelson’s wife says he “did not want to live his life after the manner of man,” go HERE
Read more things President Nelson has said about Isaiah HERE