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.” -Eighth 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ (LdS) “Pearl of Great Price, ” and the Church of Jesus Chrsit of Latter Day Saint’s Book of the Law of the Lord. 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 Latter Day Saint movement or Mormonism as a whole. New scriptures must be sustained as such first by the body of each denomination within each branch of the Church of Jesus Christ here on the earth.

After a meeting of the Council of Elders on January 5, 2019, the current books officially canon for the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship are:

  • The Holy Bible, including the Old and New Testaments, the Apocrypha, and the Book of Enoch
  • The Book of Mormon
  • All sections of the 1844 Doctrine and Covenants, as presented by the Fellowship
  • The Book of the Law of the Lord, without added commentary, as presented by the Fellowship
  • All revelations given by God to the First Elder of the Fellowship available on this website

These books will be sustained by the Body of the Church on April 6, 2019 when we officially organize, with any additional scriptures.

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.

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

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. At this time no translation of the Brass Plates is considered canon for all Latter Day Saint denominations.

The Gold Plates

The Gold Plates were given to Joseph Smith Jr. by the angel Moroni in the early 1800’s. Joseph used a seer stone to divine the translation of the text into English. Today, the Book of Mormon is scripture for over well over 100 Christian denominations, including some that are neither Latter Day Saint nor Mormon. Like the Bible, it is canon for all Latter Day Saints and Mormons.

The Small Plates of Nephi

The Small Plates started as an abridgment of the first part of the Large Plates of Nephi made by Nephi by the Lord’s command. From there, other text was added to them until space ran out. After losing the first 116 pages of the Book of Lehi, the Lord reveled their true purpose: to replace the lost pages.

The Large Plates of Nephi

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

The Large Plates is a collection of writings that were abbreviated or abridged by Mormon (the person the book is named after) and then finalized by his son, Moroni upon Mormon’s death. These records tell us of a small group of Israelites that left Jerusalem around 600 years before Jesus Christ was born. Their story ends with the destruction of people of Nephi, both by death and by conversion to the Lamanites. The last Nephite was Mormon’s son, Moroni around 420 AD. As an angel, Moroni is still charged with protecting the records today.

The Plates of Ether

The plates of Ether tell the story of a group of people that left the Middle East around the time in the Old Testament of the Tower of Babel. Their people died out sometime after 600 BC. If any of their people survived, they likely traveled north, as they were not discovered or mentioned again in the Large Plates of Nephi, other than Coriantumr by the Nephites.

The Book of Moroni

The Book of Mormon ends with an appendix of sorts made by Moroni. This book contains prayers, letters, and other writings Moroni thought useful to us-all the things one might need to organize a small church. It ends with Moroni’s thoughts.

The Book of Mormon

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 Good Books

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. Many, if not recognized as scripture, are seen as valuable resources, even though they are openly rejected by most denominations.

Doctrine and Covenants

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.

This is not closed book of scripture, thus new revelations from the Lord for the branches of the Church of Christ will be added to it as the Spirit permits. We are encouraged to read these books prayerfully that the Spirit may speak to us through it. The Fellowship is currently working on our own version of the Doctrine and Covenants, which has led to the Book of Avahr.

  • Read the Book of Avahr, compiled by the Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship here.
  • 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.

Other Latter Day Saint Works

Many denominations have their own scriptures, and some Latter Day Saints/Mormons have been inspired to share their revelations with the world. While none of these books are canon or scripture for the Fellowship, we provide links to them for convenance, as all are welcome to worship with us. Below are short explanations and links to these non binding works. Click here to see this collection of various Latter Day Saint works.

Have questions? Contact us: info@cjccf.org

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