Must The Book Of Mormon Be A Historical Text? in General Discussions Posted August 26, 2013 Have you read the Book of Mormon, I mean all of it and prayed and asked God if it contains the complete gospel of Jesus Christ? Please understand that baptism is for those who need to repent: Yes, I have read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. But where I received my biggest witness was in the temple. And for that reason, I know I have to trust in the Spirit more than any piece of literature, regardless of how inspired it is. The Spirit is my key form of knowledge, and though books can be useful, they do not dominate the Spirit's call. When a person needs to repent and when the age of accountability begins are two entirely separate things. Why do Eight Year Olds not need to repent? Do you not realize how conscious they are of their decisions? Note, the curse was the result of not "doing" what the Book of Mormon said, not in sending more copies forth. I like the work of Royal Skousen and other professors. I don't think there is a curse on the church.