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 ofLatter-day Saints’ (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 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.

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.
  • Purchase the Second Doctrine and Covenants, originally the Book of Onias (scripture to many fundamentalist, polygamist sects), 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.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

The The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, organized in 1844 by James Strang, may very well be the oldest Latter Day Saint denomination. Strang possessed a letter of appointment written by Smith prior to his death. Strang and his followers, which included at the time many from the Smith family, including his mother, wife-Emma, and their children, interpreted it as a call to follow Smith as President of the Church. In addition, Strang claimed that he was visited by angels who ordained him to be Smith’s successor at the moment of Smith’s death. Both of these are included in The Revelations of James Strang. They include this, the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants published prior to Smith’s death- and so the Lectures on Faith, and the Book of the Law of the Lord to be scripture.

  • Read the The Revelations of James Strang, including the letter of Appointment, from Joseph Smith and the Voree Plates translation, here.
  • Read the Book of the Law of the Lord (claimed to be a translation of the same mentioned in the Bible) here.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Established in 1851, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LdS) is the largest denomination within our movement. In addition to the King James Version of the Bible (KJV), the OPV, and their Doctrine and Covenants, they alos accept the Pearl of Great Price as canon.

The first paragraph of the Introductory Note in the LdS edition of the Pearl of Great Price states: “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 Joseph Smith and were published in the Church periodicals of his day.” The Pearl of Great Price contains five sections: the Book of Moses, the Book of Abraham, Joseph Smith–Matthew, Joseph Smith–History, and their version of the Articles of Faith. The Pearl of Great Price considered canon not only for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but also for a few other Latter Day Saint denominations.

  • Read the Pearl of Great Price here.

Church of Christ & The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message

The Church of Christ split from 1852 Church of Christ (the original denomination in their part of the movement) in late 1929, and was formally established on April 8, 1930. Its founder, Otto Fetting, an Apostle in the Church of Christ, was the alleged recipient of a series of messages delivered by John the Baptist. The Church of Christ with the Elijah Message split from the Church of Christ in 1943. William A. Draves claimed he received further revelations from an angelic being who identified himself as John the Baptist.

The original Church of Christ only accepts the Bible and the Book of Mormon, or the Record of the Nephites, as the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message calls it) as scripture. The second Church of Christ adds to this the first 30 messages from Otto Fetting. The remaining revelations are scripture only for the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message. Because the second Church of Christ does not have an official website, we have put these two together here.

  • Read The Word of The Lord brought to Mankind by an Angel here.
  • Read their The Articles of Faith and Practice of the Church of Christ with the Elijah Message here.

The Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ

Like most Latter Day Saint Denominations, the Latter Day Church of Jesus Christ claims to be a “continuation of the original organisation brought forth through the Prophet Joseph Smith Junior and formally organised on 6 April 1830.” They accept as scripture The Inspiered Version of The Bible, the Book of Mormon, the 1835 Doctrine & Covenants, and the Book of Jeraneck. They claim that “the Book of Jeraneck was translated by Matthew Gill, Prophet, Seer, Revelator and Translator of the Church, in 2006.” They state the following:

“The book of Jeraneck stands as the record of a dying civilisation of early Britain which had constructed Stonehenge and the other stone circles, hill forts and burial mounds and other such places as meeting places and places of worship of Almighty God, the same God who brought them from the Tower of Babel to Britain to have them serve Him as His People.”

  • Read the Book of Jeraneck here.

Nizak Bzhishk

The writings of Nizak Bzhishk are thus far one divined translation, a list of epiphanies, and personal stories. Though Nizak Bzhishk is not a publicly known person, it is clear he was or is a member of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These writings however, are not canon for that denomination, or any other branch of our religion.

  • Read the Book of Lehi translated by Nizak Bzhishk (not the lost book, but another Lehi) here.
  • Read Blooms and Stencils, the inspired epiphanies were personal revelations of Nizak Bzhishk here.
  • Read The Rockwell Pinewoods, stories of  miracles helped remind Nizak Bzhishk of Heavenly Father’s Love for us, here.

Christopher Nemelka

Christopher Nemelka is a humanist, claiming to be “the most enlightened human on Earth.” His work is called “The Marvelous Work and a Wonder.” Teaching that there is no God, his writings are a source of enlightenment for agnostic and atheist Latter Day Saints and Mormons. “Our mantra is simple: Everyone is right. Which makes everyone wrong.” (It should be noted that the Fellowship teaches the exact opposite: Everyone is right as we align ourselves on the path of God, as we all have portions of the truth.)

  • Read The Sealed Portion of the Book of Mormon (including the Book of Lehi) here.
  • Read “Sacred not Secret” here.

More to Come

This is merely the beginning as we collect writings from various branches of our shared faith.

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

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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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