By Torrance Grey on March 07, 2018
"You've seen the musical, now read the book!" That was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' witty response to being parodied in a hit musical play -- written by the creators of "South Park," of all people! But they had a good point. Many people don't know very much about the text that Mormons see as sacred, a book that is at the center of their faith.
The Book of Mormon is about the history of God's people in a part of the world that was far away from Israel and the events of the Jewish and Christian scriptures, and about how Christ visited them as well, spreading the message of salvation. But do you know what part of the world, exactly, that was? Or how many peoples the Book of Mormon writes about? What about the backstory about how the Church's first leader came to write the Book of Mormon and the history of its publication and sales around the world?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is one of the fastest-growing faiths in the world. Whatever your beliefs, it might be good for you to understand the story told by The Book of Mormon, and how it influences the beliefs and lives of those who follow it to this day.