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Published: Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:10 p.m. MDT

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gmlewis
Houston, TX

During my young teen years, I formulated some essential questions that no religious leader I met could answer. I visited many faith groups, and each time I was told that "nobody knows these things." Finally, I was invited to read The Book of Mormon. Within the first few pages, I recognized the answer to one of those questions. By the time I was half-way through the book, I had had all my questions answered to my complete satisfaction. It undoubtedly changed my life.

OHBU
Columbus, OH

"This is an example of what Latter-day Saints can do when we stand for what we believe and we share it with others,"

What, exactly, did you do? Win a social media vote? Last week Penn State fans won the vote to declare Joe Paterno the best football coach in the history of the Big Ten Conference. I guess that goes to show what Penn State fans can do when they stand up for their belief that they are better than other programs.

clutterfly
salt lake city, UT

I went to the link to see what other books are listed, and I think the list really isn't a good representation of influential books available. When #2 is "The Secret" and #4 is the fictional "Celestine Prophecy" I doubt the credibility of the data gathered.

Itsme2
SLC, UT

I don't need a list to tell me that the Book of Mormon is a life-changing book. It is the single greatest book, along with the Bible. They have both changed my life for the better.

Sasha Pachev
Provo, UT

While the excitement about making the top of this list might be a bit premature, the Book of Mormon, nevertheless, is a life-changing book. It was for me 21 years ago, and continues to be today. Cursory reading of the Book of Mormon, however, will not reveal its true depth. When the mind and the spirit are not tuned in, it will look like a tedious sequence of words that do not make much sense. Which unfortunately is what happened to a lot of readers, including even the great Mark Twain. But the book nevertheless has the depth, and many people of all walks of life and levels of education have seen it.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

I heartily agree with the #1 selection. Bravo. And #17 ... it was the inspiration of Yes' 1974 album (vinyl, thank you) "Tales From Topographic Oceans" ... magnificent music. But look what clocked in at #25. ?? Yet additional proof that one needs to grasp the Book of Mormon firmly, and know it and live it.

Moontan
Roanoke, VA

Correction: In the time it took me to type my first post, Hitler's 'Mein Kampf' rose from 25 to 22. Thank for Lord for the BoM.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

any person who has an 'honest heart' and is 'truly' searching for spiritual truth and reads this book with an 'open mind' will find that their life changes for the better ...in amazing ways....during and after they read The Book Of Mormon. The key words here are 'truly' and 'open mind' and 'honest heart'.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@Moontan
And now it's 10th, guess the "internet" finally got aware of this list. Kinda like how that "name our baby" poll had Chthulu (probably misspelled that) as the number 1 choice.

crimendelsiglo
Spanish Fork, UT

it is still changing my life, since boyhood to 73yo. i love to read it; it makes me believe again each time

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

@Sasha Pachev

"Cursory reading of the Book of Mormon, however, will not reveal its true depth. When the mind and the spirit are not tuned in, it will look like a tedious sequence of words that do not make much sense. Which unfortunately is what happened to a lot of readers, including even the great Mark Twain. But the book nevertheless has the depth, and many people of all walks of life and levels of education have seen it."

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I agree completely. I have always felt that the Book of Mormon and its "depth" is like a fractal - the more you examine it, the more you discover. And it delivers on this over and over, again and again. But a trivial inspection is not enough. Even a good inspection is not enough, i.e. "clinging" to the Iron Rod is not enough. A full, life-long dedication and study is required, i.e. "Hold fast to the Iron Rod" as the book itself teaches. That is what it takes to realizes its depth and eternal value.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
"The key words here are 'truly' and 'open mind' and 'honest heart'."

Those are also the words that are insulting to someone like myself who read it and didn't get an affirmative answer regarding "Moroni's promise".

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

The Secret had a powerful impact on my life.

The Book of Mormon? Not so much.

John Locke
Ivins, , UT

It will change your life if you read it and pray to receive a confirmation of its truths. It doesn't need awards...it is an reward in itself.

sharrona
layton, UT

RE: Gmlewis, “What things"?

The BoM often agrees with the Bible: Mosiah 27 … God should come down among the children of men, and take upon him flesh and blood, and go forth upon the face of the earth.

(1 Tim 3:16)… God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory”. God becomes man not man becomes God.

Vs (Mormon Doctrine Bruce McConkie p. 192)”Christ the Firstborn, was the mightiest of all the spirit children of the Father”

(Mosiah 25) if they be evil they are consigned to an awful aview of their own guilt and abominations, which doth cause them to shrink from the presence of the Lord into a state of misery andcendless torment, from whence they can no more return; therefore they have drunk damnation to their own souls.

(Mt 10:28)...fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell(gehenna)
& Heb 9:27) Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.

Vs Baptism for the dead necessary for salvation (D&C 1:25)

bj-hp
Maryville, MO

Schnee: Whether it is insulting to you or not is really not the question. That is what is required to get an affirmative answer. It takes an open mind, a contrite spirit and a definite willingness to change. Failure to be any of those and the answer will almost always be negative. The Moroni promise is real. It has been for me and for millions others. It remains the conversion of millions every year because of the truths it has within its cover. Not even the Bible can compare with it. The Book of Mormon is for our day more than any other book on earth. Failure to receive an affirmative answer lies entirely with the person and not with the Lord or the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

Avenue
Vernal, UT

@Stormwalker
Have you even read it? Even reading the first few chapters and reading the Book of Mormon when I was a teenager changed my life in a way that nothing else could have.

Schnee
Salt Lake City, UT

@bj-hp
" It remains the conversion of millions every year"

If I recall correctly from conference numbers there were just under 300k converts and under 200k new births (I forget the term) last year.

"Failure to receive an affirmative answer lies entirely with the person and not with the Lord or the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon."

I'm sure you understand that I cannot possibly agree with that statement since that statement requires belief that the Book of Mormon is true which of course is an assumption I don't accept. I understood where it comes from when Patriot typed it. I'm just saying it's insulting.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@Avenue

At least a dozen times. Along with extensive study using a lot of books on varied topics. I was convinced if I looked long enough and hard enough I'd finally "get" it. I finally realized there was nothing to get.

I still have one original edition Nibley on my shelf - somebody I care about gave it I me so I keep it.

I find far more wisdom in the Tao Te Ching. Ironically, a line from Nibley about the eastern roots of many ancient middle eastern practices led me to look at Taoism in the first place.

ThinksIThink
SEATTLE, WA

Now Mein Kampf and Book of Mormon are ranked #1 and #2 respectively.

I don't see any of my favorite books on the list.

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