Excerpt from "The Miracle of the Holy Bible," Elder M. Russell Ballard, April 2007 General Conference:
My brothers and sisters, the Holy Bible is a miracle! It is a miracle that the Bible’s 4,000 years of sacred and secular history were recorded and preserved by the prophets, apostles, and inspired churchmen.
It is a miracle that we have the Bible’s powerful doctrine, principles, poetry, and stories. But most of all, it is a wonderful miracle that we have the account of the life, ministry, and words of Jesus, which was protected through the Dark Ages and through the conflicts of countless generations so that we may have it today.
It is a miracle that the Bible literally contains within its pages the converting, healing Spirit of Christ, which has turned men’s hearts for centuries, leading them to pray, to choose right paths, and to search to find their Savior.
The Holy Bible is well named. It is holy because it teaches truth, holy because it warms us with its spirit, holy because it teaches us to know God and understand His dealings with men, and holy because it testifies throughout its pages of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Abraham Lincoln said of the Bible: “This Great Book … is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Saviour gave to the world was communicated through this book. But for it we could not know right from wrong” (Speeches and Writings, 1859–1865 [ 1989 ], 628).
For the full talk, click here.
For teachers: If your meetinghouse has Intenet, consider showing this video at the end of the last New Testament lesson as a testimony of the blessing of scripture.
"The Blessings of Scripture," Mormon Messages
The Church has also posted the new Bible videos having to do with the beginning of Jesus Christ's life. With Christmas coming, it is a great reminder of the beginning of Christ's mortal ministry, as recorded in the New Testament. Click here to see all available videos.