Six Month Deadline
At our last Missionary Zone Conference, our Idaho Nampa Mission President, President Cannon, asked that all missionaries read the Book of Mormon marking all references to the Godhead, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, with the goal of finishing the task in six weeks! President Cannon said that if Joseph Smith could translate the Book of Mormon in six weeks, we could read it in six weeks! Okay, that's a unique perspective on the assignment! Out came the highlighter and colored pens and off to work we went.
As Mormons, we believe in the Holy Bible. We love the Bible, its teachings, its lessons, and its spirit. When we join the church, we do not give up our faith in the Bible, but we strengthen it. The Book of Mormon does not de-emphasize the Bible, but it expands it and exalts it.
Both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon testify of Chirst. The first testament of Christ is the Bible's Old Testament. The second Bible testament of Christ is the New Testament. The third testament of Christ is the Book of Mormon. If you believe that one of these three testaments is more important or more true than the other, you are missing some of the beauty and completeness of the canon of ancient scripture.
The Miracle of the Holy Bible M. Russell Ballard Quorum of the Twelve Apostles