The following is a resource linking to other Latter Day Saints works, considered scripture by some but not all denominations within the movement. None of these are binging upon the Fellowship as scripture.
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. The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship sustained the Book of the Law of the Lord as scripture April 6, 2019.
- 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 preserved in the brass plates) 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 Second Book of Commandments
According to the book’s website, the Second Book of Commandments is “the message from the Lord to the LDS Church is to repent and gather to places of refuge for protection from the coming calamities.” Originally the Book of Onias, the Second Book of Commandments is scripture to many fundamentalist, polygamist sects. While it’s call to care for the poor is noble, it will not be considered for canon for the Fellowship due to blatant racism that does not fit with the Gospel of Jesus Christ
- Purchase the Second Book of Commandments 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.
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.
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
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.