B.H. Roberts describes the Book of Mormon as historic text in April 1930 General Conference.

Apr 9, 1930
Speech / Court Transcript
B. H. Roberts

B. H. Roberts, Conference Report (April 1930): 116

Conference Report
B. H. Roberts
Latter-day Saints

I remember to have read in the Book of Mormon certain passages that upon this thought [re: "pride of place"]. We are told in that precious volume of scripture that when the floods receded from this land it became a very choice land unto the Lord, a land that, through this word of the Lord from the Nephite race, receives its most precious descriptive name. At any rate, this was the decree: "After the waters had receded from off the face of the land, it became a choice land above all other lands, a chosen land of the Lord; wherefore the Lord would have that all men should serve him who dwell upon the face thereof. . . I see a beautiful unity in these things found in the Book of Mormon and the testimonies to which we have listened during this conference. I think we have the right to lift up the drooping hand, and to speak the word of encouragement to the people of the United States, and chiefly for this reason, that neither the government of the United States, in its achievements and in its character of great leadership, nor the Church, has yet reached the climax of those things for which they were established. So my faith is that we have a right to expect recovery and renewal of faith with God, and fellowship with him ; for we still bow the knee and still proclaim that Jesus is the Christ, the God of this land and of all the earth. And as long as that is our national attitude, I believe that the light of hope is not obliterated.

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