Scriptures

Scriptures

“We believe the Word of God recorded in the Holy Bible; we also believe the Word of God recorded in the Book of Mormon, and in other good books.” – Ninth Article of Faith.

bible-open-to-psalmScriptures universally accepted by all Latter Day Saint/Mormon denominations include the Holy Bible (Old Testament & New Testament), and the Book of Mormon. Some denominations have their own versions of the Doctrine and Covenants, and some have additional wittiness, such as the Latter-day Saint (LDS) “Pearl of Great Price.” Other works, such as the revelations through other prophets, the Holy Scriptures (Joseph Smith Jr.’s unfinished translation of the Bible), and works left out of the Bible; the Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha and other Sacred Writings, may be used depending on the denomination. These should not be considered doctrinal or binding on the Fellowship or the Latter Day Saint movement/Mormonism as a whole. New scriptures must be sustained as such first by the body of each Church within each branch of the Church of Jesus Christ here on the earth.

The Fellowship has been instructed by the Lord to put together a collection of all the scriptures of the Latter Day Saint movement in a way not binding to the Fellowship, but as a library of books for all to study. We are going back to the original and restoring as much as possible by revelation and inspiration from the Lord Jesus Christ. Once completed, the scriptures in this library will look as follows:

The Holy Bible

“And what thank they the Jews for the Bible which they receive from them? . . . Do [the Gentiles] remember the travails, and the labors, and the pains of the Jews, and their diligence unto me, in bringing forth salvation unto the Gentiles?” – 2 Nephi 29: 4 OPV

The Holy Bible consists of the writings of the ancient Jews, including the Christian Jews that followed Christ and their message to the gentiles . “Bible” is a plural Greek word meaning “Books.” Theses books are divided up into the Tanakh (pre-Christ), the Apocrypha (pre-Christ) and the Testament (the life of Christ and beyond).

The Tanakh consists of the Teachings (Torah), the Prophets – major and minor (Nevi’im), and the Writings (Ketuvim). The Torah is a collections of the books of Moses. The Prophets is a collection of the the writings of other Old Testament Prophets. The Writings contain stories of God’s people before Christ’s birth.

The Apocrypha are writings that are left out of some versions of the Bible, but the Lord told Joseph Smith they were worth, that “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom” (LDS D&C 91: 5,). Also included will be the Book of Abraham and the portions of the Book of Enoch given us by Joseph Smith Jr.

The Testament consists of the Gospels & Acts, the Epistles, and the Revelations. While there is no way of proving any of these books as “authentic,” the Spirit testifies of Christ to us through them, and thus they are Scripture.

The Bible is a collection of the oldest of God’s word and the most acceptable books by Christians throughout the world. It has been compiled over time by a variety of groups and thus while there are a number of books commonly accepted, there are also writings that are only accepted by some Christians, but not all. We are attempting to be as complete as possible in our collection so that readers may determine for themselves what the Lord has to say to them.

  • Read the Bible here.

The Holy Scriptures

The “Holy Scriptures,” also known as the Inspired Version of the Bible, is Joseph Smith Jr.’s unfinished translation of the Bible. Due to the unfinished nature, much of it is used as foot notes in the LDS edition of the Bible, though larger parts can be found in the Pearl of Great Price, a canonized book in the Latter-day Saint version of Mormonism. This book is used as scripture within the Restoration Branches.

  • Read the Holy Scriptures here.

The Everlasting Gospel

And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” – Revelation 14: 6-7 KJV

The The Everlasting Gospel is the second witness of Christ from the Americas. It consist of two parts; the Brass Plates of Laban, and the Gold Plates of the Nephites, the Book of Mormon.

The Brass Plates includes a version of the Tanakh. It contains books not found in the known record of the Jews (the Christian Old Testament). It is also missing some of the writings found in the modern Old testament. This is because it was taken out of Israel around 600 BC, before the books in the current Bible were compiled.

Transcript of “Reformed Egyptian” characters, said to have been copied from the Gold Plates in 1828.

The Book of Mormon is a collection of writings that were abbreviated or abridged by Mormon (the person the book is named after) and then by his son, Moroni. These records tell us of a people that left the Old World around the time of the Tower of Babel, and their destruction. And, of Israelites that left Jerusalem around 600 years before Jesus Christ was born.

Like the Holy Bible, the Everlasting Gospel is not perfect and should not always be taken literally. Though Joseph Smith Jr. on at least one occasion declared the Book of Mormon to be the “most correct book,” no one ever declared it perfect. The book itself admits that is has flaws as it was compiled by men. We are encouraged to read these books prayerfully that the Spirit may speak to us through them, just as we would the Holy Bible. The most widely read by both Latter Day Saint as a whole and accepted by the majority of denominations is the Orsen Pratt Versing or OPV. There are denominations that use the original which isn’t broken up into verses, and the RLDS, now Community of Christ versing. This causes confusion as there is no standardized Book of Mormon for all Latter Day Saints.

  • Read the Original Text here.
  • Read the OPV (Orson Pratt Version) here.
  • Read the RCE here.
  • Purchase the RAV (Kindle edition, $10 on Amazon) here.

Other Inspired Works

And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people… and he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. – Isaiah 11: 11-12 KJV

The Book of Commandments, Lectures on Faith, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and other books consist of modern revelation and history of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days. They consist of a number of books, some if not recognized as scripture, seen as valuable resources, and some that are openly rejected by most denominations.

The most well known of these would be the Doctrine and Covenants. The largest parts of these are collections is that of history, revelations, and writings from Joseph Smith Jr. through his scribes. The original began with the “doctrine,” the Lectures on Faith, then continues with the “covenants,” the revelations received by various Mormon prophets, beginning with Joseph Smith Jr.

The Pearl of Great Price contains writings and revelations collected by the LDS branch of our movement. These are the modern Apocrypha to be read prayerfully and used as the Spirit directs.

These are not closed books of Scripture, thus new revelations from the Lord for the branches of the Church of Jesus Christ will be added to it. We are encouraged to read these book prayerfully that the Spirit may speak to us through it, as it comes to us in the near future.

  • Read the Book of Commandments here.
  • Read the first Doctrine and Covenants for the Latter Day Saint church here.
  • Read the final Doctrine and Covenants of the Latter Day Saint church here.
  • Read the current Doctrine and Covenants of the LDS branch here.
  • Read the Doctrine and Covenants of the RLDS branches here.
  • Purchase  the Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants (Kindle edition, $10 on Amazon) here.
  • Purchase the Second Doctrine and Covenants, originally the Book of Onias, here.
  • Read the Pearl of Great Price here.

Other, nonbinding works

The Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha, other Sacred Writings, and various texts

Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, concerning the Apocrypha, there are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correct: there are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men. Verily I say unto you that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated. Therefore, whoso readeth it let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited: therefore, it is not needful that it should be translated: Amen. -1844 Doctrine and Covenants XCIII

Kabbalah Tree of Life

The Pseudepigrapha, Apocrypha and other Sacred Writings are any collections of books left out of of the normal canonized scripture. Some Christian demonstrations, including the Catholic church (the largest Christian denomination), include the Apocrypha in their Bibles. According for Doctrine and Covenants 91 (LDS edition), “whoso is enlightened by the Spirit can obtain benefit” from reading them. Thus, they may be used for teaching, but are not binding as doctrine. These also include the Journals of Discourses, various prophecies purported to have been made by former Church leaders of most Mormon denominations,  scriptures from other Mormon movements, mystical writings that influenced the original Church (1830-1844), and personal revelations. As the Scriptures are compiled, some of these works may become canon, as the Lord sees fit. Otherwise, they are to be used at the discretion of the reader.

  • Find a collection of Pseudepigraphal, Apocryphal and other Sacred Writings here.
  • Read the Talmud, Murash, and other Jewish writings here.
  • Read the Journals of Discourses (the “Mormon Midrash,” a collection of writings by the founders of the Latter-day Saint church, no longer printed or supported by the church, but still seen as scripture or influential by a few of the smaller Mormon denominations) here.
  • Read potions of the Kabbalah (a Hermetic mystical system some claim the Latter Day Saint movent is based on) here.
  • Read the Magus (a book that heavily influenced Joseph Smith and other early Church leaders) here.
  • Find a collections of writings on Freemasonry (a tradition that influenced the movement towards the end of Joseph Smith’s life, and heavily influenced Brigham Young’s branch of the movement) here.
  • Read “An Address to All Believers in Christ” by David Whitmer here.

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