God’s Words Never Cease: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and Continuing Revelation

God’s Words Never Cease: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and Continuing Revelation

(Elder Jeffrey R. Holland)
Today I would like to address
the other major doctrine which characterizes our faith but which causes
concern to some, namely the bold assertion
that God continues to speak His word and
to reveal His truth, revelations which mandate
an open canon of scripture. Some Christians,
in large measure because of their genuine
love for the Bible, have declared that there can be
no more authorized scripture beyond the Bible. The Old Testament does not
lose its value in our eyes when we are introduced
to the New Testament, and the New Testament is
only enhanced when we read the Book of Mormon: Another
Testament of Jesus Christ. Continuing revelation does not
demean nor discredit existing revelation. The Bible is the word of God. It is always identified first in
our canon, our “standard works.” Indeed, it was a divinely
ordained encounter with the fifth verse of the first
chapter of the book of James that led Joseph Smith
to his vision of the Father
and the Son, which in turn gave birth to
the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ
in our time. I testify that the heavens
are open. I testify that the presence
of such authorized, prophetic voices and ongoing
canonized revelations have been at the heart
of the Christian message whenever the authorized ministry
of Christ has been on the earth. In our heartfelt devotion
to Jesus of Nazareth as the very Son of God,
the Savior of the world, we invite all to examine
what we have received of Him, to join with us, drinking
deeply at the well of water springing up
into everlasting life, these constantly flowing
reminders that God lives, that He loves us,
and that He speaks. I express the deepest personal
thanks that His works never end and His “words …
never cease.” I bear witness of such
divine loving attention and of the recording of it, in the sacred name
of Jesus Christ, amen.

68 thoughts on “God’s Words Never Cease: The Bible, the Book of Mormon, and Continuing Revelation”

  1. Thank you so much for another inspiring video. I know that God continues to speak to us and he loves us.

  2. When I watch, CC is automatically on. If yours is not, go to the lower right corner of the video screen. Look for the gray square with the small triangle pointed upward. Hover over that and you should see a "CC" symbol. Click that and you should begin seeing the video with closed captioning activated. Unfortunately, YouTube doesn't offer a larger type size.

  3. The feelings coming out from his words are so powerful… You are so great Lord, and we are so little.. I remember a prayer that say " Oh my Lord, your sea is so big and my boat so little… " yeah so is it.
    Despite all this message reminds me, in a way so powerful, in Whom I place my faith

  4. heavenly Father confirms that he does indeed continue to speak to us everyday. These vids help me to grow in the faith. Thanks

  5. These videos are amazing & so uplifting! Thank you for them! They really make my day – especially when I am feeling down or my day just isn't going right – these are like a light that shines & lights the way for me to go. It is spiritual food that energizes my soul & lifts it up! Keep them coming!

  6. This Church is the best thing to ever happen to me. I've been in it almost 14 years now. I love these messages.

  7. Sometimes all we need as a testimony booster is to be able to watch one of these messages from the Church. I am so thankful for this channel, and for the messages from these wonderful, choice leaders of the Church.

  8. Guess I don't understand what The Book of Mormon is. How did there just all of a sudden appear this "another Testament of Jesus Christ"? Where did it come from? How do we know it's real? How do we know this Mormon Bible isn't something someone just decided to make up because he didn't like the way the original bible was written? Not being difficult… just saying. Seriously, how do we truly know that even the bible is what Jesus said? Nobody knows if it changed over the thousands of years.

  9. thepara…those are good questions and have answers. The best way to know if the Book of Mormon is true is to read the book itself with a sincere desire to know if it is true and ask God with real intent in prayer if it is true.
    For answers to all of your questions I would talk to the missionaries or an LDS friend and they can take the time to answer them. Also try the church's official website at lds'dot'org. (put a period in place of "dot")

  10. That's a good question. I read it and then prayed about it to get my answer. I figured that God would answer me and let me know if the book was legitimate or whether or not it was made up. I received my answer and it was a great experience.

  11. It testifies or the reality of the Holy Bible. It supports Bible's testimony. Like Jesus being resurrected from the dead. The Book of Mormon records showed that he visited this people and testified to the people that he is the son of God.

  12. I have searched for truth, I prayed to god and found the bible. Knowing the bible, I have searched for the right church, prayed to god in the name of Jesus Christ, and found the book of mormon.
    Knowing the book of Mormon, I asked god in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and he showed me his church.
    This man is a real apostle from our lord and saviour Jesus Christ. You can also find out, if you read, think over it and pray.
    The missionaries can help you.
    I wish you gods blessings.

  13. The Book of Mormon help you to know and to understand that God continues to give relation so that we can know of his love and how we can return to live with him. There are many promises, counselings, blessings in the Book Of Mormon, that ca help us to deal with everyday struggles in life. That's the beauty of prayer in our lives. We can know ourselves is something is true or not. It's like a Companion to the Bible, hand in hand. The Book of Mormon is simply another testament of Jesus Christ.

  14. wWhen you pray, ask him these questions, and after you've listen quietly for the answers for a few minutes. Sometimes it may take a few times of praying about something to get an answer, but he does answer prayers. The Book Of Mormon is a companion to the bible. It doesn't add anything to the bile or take away anything from it. The Book of Mormon contains the writings of ancient prophets, who lived in on the American continent for over 1,000 years ago. This is one of the best books out there.

  15. In Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it. In Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool

  16. The Book of Mormon and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Is True. I have recieved a tesimony of them through The Holy Ghost.

  17. Elder Holland is totally inspired. Priesthood holders like him stengthen me beyond words. I am so very grateful for my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the regular opportunites I have to hear these most spiritual messengers that make my heart sing.

  18. Elder Holland is truly inspired. I am so very grateful for my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My heart sings as I listen to the words of this great messenger of Christ … Christ is my Brother, Savior, and Exemplar.

  19. Elder Holland I love the testimony you give. It touches my heart and makes me so ever grateful for the restoration and the love Jesus Christ has for us. I love this church and the restored priesthood on the earth. I am so blessed to have this knowledge made know to me and my family. Thank you for the inspired words you speak.

  20. @DWOODPHD Elder Holland is my most beloved Apostle. I should like to be friends with him. In many ways, my own testimony echoes his and I am forever grateful for his bold testimony he gave last conference! (Oct 2009)

  21. @TheCrwilliams Some folks have in the past, now do and still will prefer to remain in ignorance. They read of these things but never actually read them. It is a kin to my kids not wanting to try their vegetables… Veggies are Good 4 u, my friend! You ought not to be so fickle!

  22. @nugulars
    This response was short but vague…
    OBEY ACTS 2:38 … Your preaching to the first chair choir.

  23. He spoke in our Stake Conference last year in Australia and the fire alarm went off, it was so funny and he made jokes about it. He is the most down-to-earth man with such a great sense of humour and he gave a wonderful and inspiring talk. I wish we had more of the General Authorities visit because they have such a presence and spirit that guarantess you will always be uplifted and enlightened.

  24. @kashful00 Pray and pray some more…read James 1:5-6 and ask for wisdom just ask for the truth and you will find it. Read the Book Of Mormon. Our Heavenly Father has not forsaken you and He wants you to know who HE is and who YOU are to Him. Just a little bit of faith from you and you will know the truth of all things.

  25. @kashful00 hey its alright! if you need any help i would love to help. it can be tough going through the process. but you can start the church website at lds.org

  26. Ezekiel 37:15-17 is one reference. The stick of Judah represents the Bible or the record of the children of Israel. The Book of Mormon is the stick of Ephraim because Nephi was a descendant of Joseph. These records, or sticks, come together as one.

  27. This is so beautifully said. I believe in prophecy and can attest that the scriptures he is referring to are true. I have been a member of the LDS church since March of 2003 and before following through with the baptismal I read the Book of Morman. I prayed diligently over what I was reading and I felt within my heart that it is another testament of Jesus Christ. I love my fellow brothers and sisters in the church. This is my testimony in the name of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Amen

  28. I so welcome the words of this and all other servants of Christ, called to serve, by HIM.
    He speaks truth with authority. So confirming of all revealed and given in former times, and in our times.  What a remarkable thing to contemplate. It is part of the continuing work of the Savior himself who is risen, and who presides over the restoration prophesied in the Bible itself.. Especially in these challenging times, I ask you to determine, Is HE seeking to give you all you are needing to know and do, I say to you do not diminish this or ignore it, He is doing it for You and yours.

  29. The word "testament" means "covenant", hence the bible is in two parts, the old and new covenants, or the old and New testament.

  30. I know this Book to be true because at certain, specific, special times in my life, it has changed my life for the better, and also has guided me toward Christ and made my life an amazing thing. It has worked in me much good, even for me to gain and receive knowledge of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

  31. It's a miracle! The Book of Mormon is a true account of Jesus Christ and His dealings with His followers in the Americas. The Church is true and is the greatest guide anyone can have for the abundant life that Jesus Christ promised.

  32. Even though im not Mormon, i believe you guys have a great religion, unfortunatly most people cant look further than their sarcastic views on joseph smith, and tend to forget beautiful lds doctorines. The concept of constant revelation and the dead recieving the gosphel gives me hope that god never gave up on humanity. God bless you !

  33. Truth starts with knowing who God is.

    LDS God is different God than the Bible God:

    -God is the creator! Not a co-creator with Micheal the archangel (LDS Endowment)

    -The True God created everything. While LDS teach that intelligence just existed and no one made them. Their God is limited. (Abraham 3:22)

    -The True God is not a created being but the creator, again, of all things.While the LDS God is a created being. The Son, the firstborn of the Father and a Mother. The Father once lived on a planet as a man, and his Father and his father and so forth-all Gods that were created. (Look it up at LDS dot org)

    Bible references: Isaiah‬ ‭40:12-31,Acts 4:24-28, Genesis chapters 1 and 2, Colossains 1:16, John 1:3, Hebrews 11:3, Psalms 33:6

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