General Conference (Sunday morning): Elder Tad R. Callister


The Book of Mormon is the word of God, Elder Tad R. Callister testified. There are no two ways about it.

“This book does not merely claim to be a moral treatise, or a theological commentary, or collection of insightful writings,” Elder Callister said. “It claims to be the word of God – every sentence, every verse, every page.”

Elder Callister said that although we have the Bible, the Book of Mormon is essential to our testimony of Jesus Christ. Using the Book of Mormon in companionship with the Bible, we can conclude which church is the correct one.

“Only one interpretation of Christ’s doctrines survives the testimony of these two witnesses,” Elder Callister said. “Again and again the Book of Mormon acts as a confirming, clarifying, unifying witness of the doctrines taught in the Bible so there is only ‘one Lord, one faith, one baptism.’ ”

Elder Callister responds to the thought that revelation ended with the Bible. The Bible is a testament of God’s “revelatory pattern over 4,000 years of man’s existence.” He said that an individual false doctrine sets off a domino effect. This process is what causes the confusion and division of so many churches today.

Elder Callister closed by teaching that the Book of Mormon will testify unto you of the infinite nature of the Atonement.

“The list of doctrinal confirmations and clarifications goes on and on, but none is more powerful, nor poignant, than the Book of Mormon’s discourses on the Atonement of Jesus Christ,” he said.


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