We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God.
I’ve seen this done many times where a church leader will ask everyone in the congregation to raise their hand if they have read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. Unsurprisingly, almost every hand will go up. But then they ask the congregation to raise their hand if they have read the Bible cover to cover. I have never been in a congregation where more than a few hands went up.
The Church believes both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and we accept them as scripture. For the most part, I think most members are fairly familiar with most of the stories from the Bible, but I’m learning as I study the scriptures that stories and lessons are not the same thing. The Bible contains a host of lessons that are often missed because we don’t always study the Bible.
Courtney and I made a goal more than two years ago that we would read the Bible cover to cover. We are currently pushing our way through the final chapters of Isaiah, and the experience has been worthwhile. I read the Bible on my mission, but then it was more of a task to be completed. This time, it is a book to be enjoyed, and we are enjoying it.
By my guess, we’ll be working our way through it for at least another year since we tend to do 1 to 2 pages a night. Katherine’s attention span doesn’t allow for much more family scripture study than that.