Posted by: isaiahsfan | February 17, 2007

The Sealed Book

John W. WelchOn 10 May 1988 John W. Welch, president of FARMS, gave a talk on the Book of Mormon at BYU. In this talk, he called the Book of Mormon “a book sealed by many seals.” He explained this statement by saying,

It is sealed to us by our unfaithfulness and lack of prayer. It is sealed to us by our inattention to detail and background information. It is sealed to us in part by its nature because it is an abridgment. It is sealed further by our failure to listen to the Brethren and to apply the teachings of the Book of Mormon to ourselves daily. It is sealed when we take its divine origins and simple elegance lightly. It is sealed when we fail to see the people of the book as they saw themselves. It is sealed when we don’t blank out our eyes and when we don’t stop hearing what we want to hear. We must sit back and let the Book of Mormon speak to us, instead of us to it. Now the book is supposed to speak from the dust; that doesn’t mean the dust of our bookshelves. All this will take tremendous effort. But the promised rewards are more than worth it.

Brother Welch concluded his talk by speaking of the promises of Isaiah. In the last days, said Isaiah, the Book of Mormon would not be a sealed book. “In that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness” (Isaiah 29:18). Then shall the meek increase their joy and the scorners shall be consumed (Isaiah 29:19-20). This will happen, Isaiah says, when they that have erred shall come to understanding, and they that have murmured shall learn doctrine (Isaiah 29:24). Both will be required: correct understanding and devotion to doctrine.

Let’s go forward with our study of the Book of Mormon, attempting to unseal this book by our faith, prayer, and study. Read Chapter 1 of First Nephi, and we’ll start to discuss it on Monday!

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