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The Book of Mormon as the Keystone of Church Administration

TitleThe Book of Mormon as the Keystone of Church Administration
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsWelch, John W.
EditorWhittaker, David J., and Arnold K. Garr
Book TitleA Firm Foundation: Church Organization and Administration
PublisherReligious Studies Center/Deseret Book
CityProvo, UT/Salt Lake City
KeywordsChurch Administration; Early Church History; Keystone; Organization; Pattern

Abstract for the full volume:

How did a church that started with just six official members blossom into a global organization of over fourteen million members? Authors such as Richard L. Bushman, John W. Welch, and Susan Easton Black show how Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and other leaders established the foundation upon which the Church was built. According to Welch, the Book of Mormon provides the foundational administrative principles of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, “not only its doctrines and instructions for personal living but also its many administrative guidelines.” He went on to say, “The administrative character and personality of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has indeed grown directly from the genetic material found in the Book of Mormon.” This book teaches how the individuals throughout Church history were inspired to restore and establish Christ’s Church in the latter days.