The Book of Mormon was the only religious book selected for the exhibit which was on display June 16-Dec. 31, 2016
The exhibit celebrated 65 books selected by the public; 40 of open choice and 25 from a curated list from the 2012 “Books That Shaped America” collection.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) believes the book to be a second testament of Jesus Christ after the Bible.
Words from an Apostle
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church gave a speech at the exhibit on the effects the Book of Mormon has had on members of the LDS Church and non-members alike.
“(The Book of Mormon) has spawned pageants and plays, appeared in films, inspired musical lyrics and received 4 out of 5 stars on the Apple Store,” Christofferson said in his speech. “Church members believe the firsthand accounts given by Joseph Smith and other eyewitnesses: that the Book of Mormon was literally translated by Joseph Smith from ancient gold plates through the gift and power of God.”
The acceptance of the book in the world’s largest library and its “profound effect on American life” pays tribute to the significant impact the book has had on a church under 200 years old, according to lds.org.