Historical Background


M. Russell Ballard, “The Miracle of the Holy Bible,” Apr. 2007 general conference

We are true and full believers in the Lord Jesus Christ and in His revealed word through the Holy Bible.

D. Todd Christofferson, “The Blessing of Scripture,” Apr. 2010 general conference

The central purpose of all scripture is to fill our souls with faith in God the Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Boyd K. Packer, “On Zion’s Hill,” Oct. 2005 general conference

Every soul who willingly affiliates with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and seeks to abide by its principles and ordinances is standing “on Zion’s hill.”

Robert D. Hales, “Preparations for the Restoration and the Second Coming: ‘My Hand Shall Be over Thee,’” Oct. 2005 general conference

[The Lord’s] hand has been over the work of the Restoration from before the foundation of this world and will continue until His Second Coming.

Shanna Butler, “What Had to Happen?” Liahona, Mar. 2005

Before the Renaissance, copies of the Bible were slowly reproduced by hand, expensive to obtain, and in languages difficult for most people to read. So only the rich, the educated, and the clergy of the church could obtain and read the scriptures.

Lesson 3: “I Had Seen a Vision,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

Beginning in the 14th century, the Lord began to prepare those social, educational, religious, economic, and governmental conditions under which He could more easily restore the gospel for the last time.

Chapter 1: “Prelude to the Restoration,” Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual

Luther was protected by German princes who sympathized with his ideas and who wanted more political autonomy from Rome. This protection enabled him to begin a German translation of the Bible.

Chapter 17: “The Great Plan of Salvation,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith

In the home of John and Alice (also known as Elsa) Johnson … the Prophet did much of his work on the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

Lesson 42: “Continuing Revelation to Latter-day Prophets,” Doctrine and Covenants and Church History Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual

In 1979, after years of careful work under the direction of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, the Church published a Latter-day Saint edition of the Bible.

Chapter 3: “Building the Kingdom in Kirtland, Ohio,” Our Heritage: A Brief History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

In June 1830 Joseph Smith began his divinely commissioned work of making inspired corrections to the King James (English) Version of the Bible. This work is known as the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible.

Chapter 6: “Organization of the Church of Jesus Christ,” Church History in the Fulness of Times Student Manual

Throughout the summer Joseph studied the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. This study formed the basis for the book of Moses and much of his “inspired translation” of the Bible, which is now known as the Joseph Smith Translation.

Boyd K. Packer, “Guided by the Holy Spirit,” Apr. 2011 general conference

Every one of us can be guided by the spirit of revelation and the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Margaret Shauers, “Family History Scroll,” Liahona, Apr. 2005

Long ago people wrote on scrolls made of papyrus (paper made from a plant) or leather rolled on sticks. Most of the Bible was written on scrolls.