Scripture

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Scripture, also known as the Mormon canon, is considered as the standard works of the Mormon faith. The following texts are considered by Mormons to be inspired Scripture.

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Bible

English speaking Mormons only use the King James Version. They are also known to use the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible for personal study.

See main pages: Bible and Joseph Smith Translation

The Book of Mormon

Subtitled, "Another Testament of Jesus Christ", it claims to be a translation of the historical record left by Hebrew descendants known as the "Nephites" who lived somewhere in the Americas between about 600 B.C. and 420 A.D.. With regard to theology, the Book of Mormon generally reflects the Protestantism of the early 19th century in America, and contains very few of the doctrinal distictives of mainstream Mormonism. This makes the Book of Mormon a key component of Mormon marketing. It is freely distributed and is designed to be the first exposure that many get to the largest and most popular sect of the religion.

"If belief in the Book of Mormon was a prerequisite to joining the Church, it was a belief in the book's divine origin rather than the doctrinal content of the book. The Book of Mormon taught nothing different from what early 19th-century religious seekers would have already been familiar with. The theology of the Book of Mormon was monotheistic. Early Mormon theology then would not have been unique in comparison to other beliefs of the day." -Kurt Widmer, Mormonism and the Nature of God: A Theological Evolution, 1830-1915
See main page: Book of Mormon

Doctrine and Covenants

Originally called the Book of Commandments, the D&C is a series of revelations Joseph Smith claimed were given to him by God. It has been changed, with many revelations being added and even deleted. The most significant came with the removal of the Lectures on Faith.

See main page: Doctrine and Covenants

Pearl of Great Price

This is a collection of various works produced by Joseph Smith. It is largely rejected because of recent discoveries concerning the Book of Abraham. This work is polytheistic, and implies a redefinition of the Genesis account of creation found in the Bible.

See main page: Pearl of Great Price

Lectures on Faith

"Lectures on Faith" (originally "of Faith") is a set of seven lectures on doctrine and theology.

"[According to non-apologetic commentators], the Lectures represented official church doctrine in 1835, but that by 1897 or 1921 when the work was decanonized by the major Latter Day Saint denominations, the doctrine concerning the Godhead had changed, and were no longer generally consistent with the Lectures." [1]

See main page: Lectures on Faith

Open, not closed

The Mormon canon is always open. Christians are often criticized for solely accepting the Bible as Scripture. LDS claim that recognizing the canon as closed is a pagan thought that was developed over the years after the church went into apostacy. God has and always will reveal more of himself, they claim, and thus the Mormon canon is ultimately always open. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note that no new revelations have been received in quite some time.

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