The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has other scriptures in addition to the Holy Bible, namely The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price, and the Doctrine and Covenants (originally called The Book of Commandments). Other books have been labeled as "standard works" but have since been shelved, including the twenty-six volume set titled: The Journal of Discourses. This page seeks to analyze each of these standard works.
The Book of Mormon was reportedly translated by Joseph Smith Jr. from a set of golden plates. The book was translated in 1829 and published in 1830 and has gone through many editions.
The Book of Commandments is the earliest published book to contain the revelations of Joseph Smith Jr. Text published in the Book of Commandments is now considered scripture by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as part of the larger Doctrine and Covenants.
The Pearl of Great Price includes extracts from Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible as well as a translation of some Egyptian papyri containing the writings of the prophet Abraham, excerpts from Joseph Smith’s testimony and history, and the Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book of scripture remains as one of the Standard Works of the Church.
In the summer of 1830, Joseph Smith began his own translation of the Bible. It was his intention to restore some of the "plain and precious truths" that had been lost.
In 1843 Joseph Smith translated a portion of what was called the Kinderhook Plates. These plates were later admitted to have been a forgery, created to fool Joseph. What is to be made of this?
In 1842 a man brought Joseph what he thought was a Greek Psalter, but wanted Joseph's opinion. What WAS his opinion? Was he correct in his translation?
Have any of these scriptures been taken out of the Mormon canon? How does this change the doctrine and teachings of Mormonism?
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