"The standard works are different from other writings in
the Church, for they have been formally accepted by the Church as revelation and are
viewed as containing the word of God."
Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ
"The Prophet Joseph Smith called the Book of Mormon
"the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion" and
said that a person "would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any
other book" (TPJS, p. 194), for it contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ
(D&C 20:8-9). To members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Book
of Mormon forms the doctrinal foundation of the Church and speaks the word of God to all
"The Church believes the word of God contained in the
Bible. It accepts the Bible "as the foremost of [the Church's] standard works, first
among the books which have been proclaimed as
written guides in faith and doctrine.
In the respect and sanctity with which the Latter-day Saints regard the Bible they are of
like profession with Christian denominations in general" (AF, 1966 ed., p.
Doctrine and Covenants
"The Doctrine and Covenants is a compilation of
revelations, most of which were received by the Prophet Joseph Smith for the establishment
and governance of the kingdom of God in the latter days. It is a standard work of the
Church and functions as its open, ever-expanding, ecclesiastical Constitution."
Pearl of Great Price
"The Pearl of Great Price consists of a diverse
collection of sacred works that are accepted as scripture by Latter-day Saints."
Pondering the Word
A discussion of how to get more out of scriptural study
"Apocalypse is a Greek word meaning revelation, and
apocalyptic as an adjective describes the genre of literature that contains visionary or
Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
'Apocrypha' in its various forms refers to something
hidden or concealed, usually because of its special or sacred value to the one hiding it.
'Pseudepigrapha' refers to writings falsely ascribed to some important or famous figure or
to writings with a false title."
References to Astronomy
"Latter-day Saint scriptures indicate that both biblical
and latter-day prophets and seers were shown visions of the heavenly realms to orient them
to God's dominion and eternal purposes."
"...Latter-day Saints who have followed the more careful
analyses have come to appreciate several contributions of the Dead Sea Scrolls, including
insights into the literary and sectarian diversity of Judaism at the time of Jesus, new
evidence relating to the history and preservation of the biblical text, advances in the
science of dating Hebrew and Aramaic documents based on changing styles of script, and
valuable additions to the corpus of Jewish texts and text genres."