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Published: Monday, April 7 2014 12:50 p.m. MDT

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Reno, NV

i read the Book of Mormon daily and rely on the strength I receive from its messages. I do not like the "speed read" programs used. I know the idea is to get people to read the Book of Mormon and experience its power for themselves, but I think the method is incorrect. Burning through the scriptures do not accomplish anything other than to just "get through them". Which is not the point. I think, a few thoughtful minutes a day accomplishes much more.

Riverton, UT

If you haven't read the Book of Mormon, you really should. But take your time.

I recently completed a challenge to read the Book of Mormon in six months (a lot longer than 85 days) and even that was too fast for me. I feel that my study time is better spent if I take my time.


As one who has finished a "speed read" program of the Book of Mormon I highly recommend it. I found that the "speed read" was one of many effective ways to learn of the Savior's teachings. Good luck to all who take this challenge.

Corvallis, OR

As a seminary teacher I have done this before. It's like reading a "regular" story. Loved the experience and I am so excited to do this again.:)

Salt Lake City, UT

I love that for the meme, they used Game of Thrones -- a movie/book full of violence, nudity, and sex (straight, gay, lesbian, and incest sex.. *gasp*). I think I might join the challenge just for that reason :)

City, Ut

As pointed out in a meme at the site, though the challenge to read it that quickly may seem somewhat daunting, imagine translating it in that amount of time. Wow.

Salt Lake City, UT

One time I read the Book of Mormon in 18 days. Other times I have spent over a year reading through it. Reading at different paces brings out different aspects of the book. A slow read lets you ponder all of the doctrines in depth. A fast read lets you see the big overall picture and a gives you a much better grasp for the completeness of the testament. Either way build testimony and increases your spiritual knowledge. I recommend reading it both ways so you get the full experience.

Farmington, UT

I'm 6+ decades old, been a church member all my life. Served a mission, graduated BYU, married in the temple, raised 6 kids, served in about every calling a man could be asked to serve in on a Branch and Ward level and had many Stake callings as well. Everyone who knows me thinks of me as the quintessential church member.

I have read the Book of Mormon more times than most of you. And I have never once - not ever - felt any sort of spiritual prompting regarding the book or my study of it. Weird, right? Like what's up with that???

The seminary teacher states of those who accept his challenge; "They will have an increased measure of the Spirit of the Lord, they will have greater power to resist temptation, and they will know for themselves that it is true scripture from our loving Heavenly Father."

Oh yeah? Well I have done just that dozens of times and have yet to "know for (myself) that it is true scripture from our loving Heavenly Father." It's frustrating, that's what it is.

Twin Lights
Louisville, KY


My experience was not like yours but my witness of the Book of Mormon did not come immediately. That came for me from reading the Doctrine and Covenants. But I did eventually find that witness and that spirit in the Book of Mormon.


In the 1980's I read the Book of Mormon over a three months. My roommate was a returned missionary and suggested I read the book and pray about it. At his request, I did set out to read it cover to cover. I've read dozens of books that length in a few weeks, but I really had a tough time getting through it because it's was just very dry. I really had a hard time staying awake. I prayed to know whether the book was true, but much to my roommates disappointment, I received no confirmation that the book was true.

I've spoken with some mormons who have never actually read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. I think LDS members should all read the Book of Mormon cover to cover before committing themselves to the doctrine.

Bro Simon Says

@amirite, quick correction on your comment. The picture for this meme is not from Game of Thrones. It is from The Lord of the Rings, and is a pretty popular picture for memes. You gotta know your memes! Know what I meme? Hopefully you will still take the challenge even though it won't be full of the stuff you had assumed :o)

Fred T

There are 521 pages in the BofM.
To read it in one year requires reading 1.5 pages per day. double that and 3 pages a day has you reading it in 6 months. You'll have to read 12.5 pages per day to make it in 85 days.
The best challenge was issued by the Weber State Institute in the 90's. Read it in 2 days.
This takes about 9 hours a day to do.
This assumes a normal reading speed of a little over 2 minutes a page.
The per day time requirements to meat thse goals are respectivley,
3 mins (365 days), 6 mins (182 days), 12.5 mins (85 days) and 9-hours (2 days).

Once heard Jack Christianson say that if we'd only read 10 pages a day from the scriptures, we could read the BofM twice in a year and the Old/New Testamant, the Pearl of Great Price and D&C once. 3 for the BofM and 7 for the others.

Just ten pages a day...... That's less than 1/2 hour a day.

t-ville, UT

I read the Book of Mormon thorougly on my mission and became an atheist. Guess you can't win them all.

sandy, UT

Amirite that meme is from Lord of the Rings a movie about light prevailing over darkness haha not Game of Thrones even though that actor is in both series. Why did they add the word "just" to the meme? It should be "one does not simply" common!!!

AL The Younger
Gilbert, AZ

any challenge to read the BOM or motivate you to continue reading is a good one.

Battle Ground, WA

I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time during the first 3 months of my mission back in the 80's. I received a strong confirmation, often, while I was reading it, that it was true, but was surprised that I didn't receive confirmation when I was through reading the book. Until later, when the Spirit testified and reminded me that my confirmation came during my daily reading. Personally, I can't deny how strong that confirmation was to me.

Weiser, ID

I know that the prophetic promises regarding Book of Mormon study are true! The speed read has its benefits. It can be compared to water skiing verses scuba diving. When you scuba dive the Book of Mormon you explore and feel and study. But to water ski it can give you the lay of the land, it helps you see the storyline and it gives you precious insights to patterns themes and principles that are connected.

I know that the promises and truth come to me when my heart is soft enough and I allow the book and Holy Ghost to teach me. I also have found that I learn and feel more when I actually apply the principles I learn to my life sincerely. I know that the Book of Mormon will become like an iron rod piercing darkness and lead a person to Christ if they actually move (apply the word) along the path of discipleship.

Midwest City, USA, OK

If you seek a confirmation of the truth of the Book of Mormon, it must be done, as the book says, with humility; a broken heart and a contrite spirit. It doesn't say you'll know immediately. If you go through motions because your're expected to, there is no gain. Though I don't necessarily accuse any commentator here of this, if you by some degree don't -want- the Book of Mormon to be an inspired work, you will have no witness any more than the Lord advocated casting pearls to swine.

If you consider exercising even a tiny portion of faith; if you so much as consider incorporating principles of the Book of Mormon in your life as you read it; if you read it purely objectively, you will be able to know, immediately or later, at once or gradually, through some means you may or may not expect, that it is true. I guarantee specifically that if you "turn atheist" after reading it, you've positioned yourself against it on your own.

sandy, ut

I could read any book in 65 days and if I read it enough times I could convince myself that it is true... even if it isn't.

Farmington, UT

I wonder if someone who just picked up the Book of Mormon on a whim, found it on a library shelf maybe and had never heard of it before, and then read it through - I wonder if such a person could receive a "witness of it's truthfulness" if they didn't know they could maybe expect such a thing?

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