This is a personal project to help me mature my faith and increase my understanding of God's word.
I do not believe in the existence of purely blind faith (meaning faith that is based on no evidence whatsoever). I believe that every kind of faith is developed by experiment - by testing the validity of promises. I hope to find promises that I can test in order to build faith.
What is a promise?
Straight from Google: "a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen."
I'm including everything from my source text that can be construed as a promise. If a piece of text includes any assurance of a future or previously unknown concurrent event, it goes in the database. My discretion is independent of whether the promise is unfulfilled or even disproven. I'm even including advice that isn't a formal promise yet makes claims about the consequence to an action. I'm also including covenant relationships even when the "terms" of the relationship are not spelled out since all covenants seem to imply commitments. I will leave it to the reader to determine if they would like to ignore the less formal promises in their study of the database.
What is your source text?
So far, I've begun to include:
- All scriptural canon of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints:
- The Holy Bible (King James Translation - I don't have anything against any other translation. I'm just used to this one. Also, I don't think I'll find any promises that are translation-exclusive, but we'll see) (view online)
- The Book of Mormon (2013 edition) (view online)*
- Doctrine and Covenants (2013 edition) (view online)
- Pearl of Great Price (2013 edition) (view online)
- All General Conference talks of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints**
- Preach My Gospel (2018 edition) (view online)
- Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith (1977) (view online)
- All Teachings of Presidents of the Church manuals (view online)
While the texts listed here are mostly associated exclusively with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I'm not opposed to including texts from other religions. I have such an overwhelming task before me at this point however, that I'm going to focus on completing the Bible and Book of Mormon before considering other texts.
Being said, this website has no affiliation with any church and does not claim to represent any church.
What is 'PPT'?
"Prophetic perfect tense." Refers to when someone speaks about future events as if they have already happened.
What do you have left to do?
My wild guess for the number of promises contained in the source text listed above is 30,000. On the main page, before entering any filter values, you can see how many I have entered so far right after "1 - 15 /". So that's how far I am!
Importance of promises and covenants
"...the Lord God will fulfil his covenants which he has made unto his children; and for this cause the prophet [Isaiah] has written these things." - 2 Nephi 6:12
"...seeing that our merciful God has given us so great knowledge concerning these things, let us remember him, and lay aside our sins, and not hang down our heads, for we are not cast off..." - 2 Nephi 10:20
"my soul delighteth in the covenants of the Lord which he hath made to our fathers; yea, my soul delighteth in his grace, and in his justice, and power, and mercy in the great and eternal plan of deliverance from death." - 2 Nephi 11:5
"The knowledge of God is established through careful experimentation with God's promises, which results in tangible consequences, culminating in the possibility of seeing God face to face." - Chauncey C. Riddle
Additional scripture study resources:
https://ldsview.wordcruncher.com/ - Extremely powerful scripture search engine.
https://biblehub.com/ - Massive Bible study tool. I highly enjoy reading Biblical commentaries here.
https://scriptures.byu.edu/ - The one and only Scripture Citation Index. Find every Temple Square general conference talk that references any scripture, and vice versa.
http://scripturetools.net/ - Side-by-side language comparison. Hyperlink generation. Archive of periodicals. Other cool things too.
http://www.ldsscripturetools.com/ - Generate reading plans with custom date and starting point parameters. Scripture memorization aids.
http://www.bookofmormoncalculator.com/ - Quickly calculate time/pages required to complete a book of scripture.
https://stepbystep.alancminer.com/ - Extensive Book of Mormon commentary and exegesis. Included in this site is A Covenant Record of Christ’s People, a poetic reconstruction of the Book.
Grant Hardy, Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader's Guide - Thoughtful literary breakdown of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon, Maxwell Study Edition - Paragraphical construction of the Book of Mormon with footnotes comparing editions and citing The Book of Mormon Critical Text Project.
*Chapters left out from Book of Mormon
Sometimes the Book of Mormon shares passages with the Bible. In these cases, I will not include the promise as quoted in the BoM. This is to avoid doubling up on the entries. Here is what I've run into so far:
- 1 Nephi 20-21 = Isaiah 48-49
- 2 Nephi 6:6-7,16-18 = Isaiah 49:22-26
- 2 Nephi 7-8 = Isaiah 50-51
- 2 Nephi 8:24-25 = Isaiah 52:1-2
- 2 Nephi 12-24 = Isaiah 2-14
- Mosiah 12:21-24 and 15:29-31 = Isaiah 52:7-10
- Mosiah 14 = Isaiah 53
- 3 Nephi 22 = Isaiah 54
- 3 Nephi 24-25 = Malachi 3-4
- Mormon 9:22-24 = Mark 16:15-18
Also I am skipping Jacob 5 for now because I haven't the time yet to tackle that beast.
**Finding General Conference talks
For some reason, finding text for General Conference talks is a bit of a challenge. It seems that from April 1830 (the first conference) to April 1897 - except for in April 1880, the 50th annual conference - talks given in conference were either not transcribed or not organized into "conference reports" containing the text from all talks from any given session; we can access many talks given in that time period through other collections like Collected Discourses 1886-1898 and Journal of Discourses. Here are a few ways you can access these talks: