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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Ch. 10: Scriptures

from Gospel Principles:

scripture=words spoken or written by the Lord's servants under the influence of the Holy Ghost

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture called the standard works of the Church: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. The inspired words of our living prophets are also accepted as scripture (come to us through conferences, the Liahona or Ensign magazine, and instructions to local priesthood leaders).

**The Bible:
Writings from the time of Adam through the time when the Apostles of Jesus Christ lived. Written by many prophets who lived at various times in the history of the world. It is divided into two sections: the Old Testament and the New Testament. The Old Testament foretell of the coming of a Savior and Redeemer. The New Testament tells of the life of that Savior and Redeemer, who is Jesus Christ.

**The Book of Mormon:
A sacred record of some of the people who lived on the American continents between about 2000 B.C. and A.D.400. It contains the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

**The Doctrine and Covenants:
A collection of modern revelations. This was published to the inhabitants of the earth to prepare them for Christ's coming.

**The Pearl of Great Price:
Contains the book of Moses (an account of some of the visions and writings of Moses, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith), the book of Abraham (translated by Prophet Joseph Smith from a papyrus scroll taken from the Egyptian catacombs...contains info about the Creation, the gospel, the nature of God, and the priesthood), and some inspired writings of Joseph Smith.

If we desire to avoid the evils of this world, we must feed our minds with the truth and righteousness found in the scriptures. We should each study the scriptures every day along with our children. We will grow closer to God and to each other as we read and ponder the scriptures together. Ask God for understanding as we read and allow the Holy Ghost to bear witness to us. By this way, we will each know for ourselves that these things we read are true.

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