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The Holy Bible The official LDS translation (KING JAMES) of the HOLY BIBLE
Book of Mormon One of the official scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints
Doctrine and Covenants Official scripture of the LDS church containing revelations given to the prophet Joseph Smith, the first Prophet, seer, revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With some current additions from his successors.
The Book of Mormon is a volume of scripture
relating God's dealings with ancient people in the Americas, in
much the same way that the Bible is a record of God's dealing with
people in one region of the Old World. With the Bible, the Book of
Mormon is a second witness, confirming the validity of Biblical
doctrine and verifying the divinity of Jesus Christ through the
inspired words of other sheep in Christ's fold (see John 10:16).
The Book of Mormon is a complex book covering a
variety of historical, religious, political, and military events
in a variety of ancient communities. Much of the Book of Mormon
deals with descendants of a man named Lehi, a 6th century B.C.
prophet who lived in the Jerusalem area but was warned by the Lord
to flee the area with his family and several other people. They
would eventually be guided on a dangerous journey to the New World
where a small civilization would be founded. The sacred history
kept by his descendants covers a span of 600 B.C. to 400 A.D.
Pearl of Great Price
Official scripture of the LDS church containing a translation of ancient papyrus given to Joseph Smith.
The Doctrine and Covenants was first published in
as a later version of the
Book of Commandments, which had been partially printed in
This earlier book contained 65 early
revelations by church leaders including
Joseph Smith, Jr. and
Oliver Cowdery. Before many copies of the book could be
printed, however, the printing press and most of the printed
copies were destroyed by a mob in
a committee was appointed by the general assembly of the church to
organize a new volume containing the most significant
Latter Day Saint
revelations. This committee of Presiding
Elders, consisting of
Joseph Smith, Jr.,
Sidney Rigdon, and
Frederick G. Williams, began to review and revise numerous
revelations for inclusion in the new work. The committee
eventually organized the book into two parts: a "Doctrine" part
followed by a "Covenants" part.
The "Doctrine" part of the book consisted of a theological
course now called the
Lectures on Faith. The Lectures were a series of doctrinal
courses used in the
School of the Prophets which had recently been completed in
Kirtland, Ohio. According to the committee, these Lectures
were included in the compilation "in consequence of their
embracing the important doctrine of salvation." (See 1835
D&C, Preface.) more...
- The Pearl of Great Price is a selection of choice materials
touching many significant aspects of the faith and doctrine of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These items were
produced by the Prophet Joseph Smith and were published in the
Church periodicals of his day.
The Pearl of Great Price contains five sections:
Selections from the
Book of Moses, The
Book of Abraham,
Joseph Smith-History and
The Articles of Faith. The Book of Moses and
Joseph Smith Matthew are portions of the
Book of Genesis and the
Book of Matthew (respectively) from the
Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. Joseph
Smith-History is a first-person narrative of
Joseph Smith, Jr.'s life before the founding of the church.
The Articles of Faith are a concise listing of thirteen
fundamental doctrines of Mormonism composed by Joseph Smith, Jr.
as part of a
letter sent to
"Long" John Wentworth, editor of the
The Book of Abraham results from
papyri which were bought by Smith, which he claims to have
translated. This translation became a book dealing with
Abraham's journeys in Egypt, containing many distinctive
Mormon doctrines such as
exaltation. Considerable controversy surrounds the surviving
claimed as the source for the translation of the Book of
The Book of Moses and Book of Abraham accounts have been
Life of Adam and Eve and other Jewish
Pseudepigrapha due to some similarities, including accounts of
Adam and Eve's temptation and life after leaving the Garden of
The original contents of the book were slightly different,
reproducing material found in the
Doctrine and Covenants and a poem entitled "Oh Say What is
Truth?" (which is now found in the LDS hymnal). In 1878 some
material from the
Book of Moses was added. The Pearl of Great Price was
canonized in 1888. In 1902 the material reproduced in the
Doctrine and Covenants was removed. Two other documents, now
found as Doctrine and Covenants 137 and 138, were added to the
Pearl of Great Price in 1976 and moved to their current
location in 1979.
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