The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. As the Bible is a record of God's dealings with the inhabitants of the Eastern Hemisphere, the Book of Mormon tells of a people who were led by God from Jerusalem to the Western Hemisphere 600 years prior to the birth of the Savior. The Lord blessed them with prophets as He had His children in the Old World. Following His Crucifixion and Resurrection, Jesus Christ appeared to these people in the Western Hemisphere and taught them His gospel, which is contained in the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon was written anciently for our day. It was prepared by the hand of the Lord over a period of more than a thousand years, by seers who were writing and speaking to future readers. They saw, understood, and spoke to us in the last days. "Behold I speak unto you as if you were present," Mormon wrote. The records were preserved for another fifteen hundred years to come forth in their purity for our generation. Joseph Smith taught, "Take away the Book of Mormon and the revelations, and where is our religion? We have none" (History of the Church, 2:52).