What the Church Teaches about the Bible


“Latter-day Prophets Speak about the Old Testament,” Liahona, Feb. 2002

The Holy Bible has had a greater influence on the world for good than any other book ever published. … The reason for the Bible’s great influence for good is because it is inspired, containing the word of the Lord delivered to His prophets who wrote and spoke as they were moved upon by the Holy Ghost since the world began.

Chapter 10: “Scriptures,” Gospel Principles

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture: the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. These books are called the standard works of the Church.

Russell M. Nelson, “Scriptural Witnesses,” Oct. 2007 general conference

Scriptures of the Restoration do not compete with the Bible; they complement the Bible.

“The Scriptures Teach and Testify of Jesus Christ,” Liahona, Jan. 2011

The Bible is a collection of sacred writings containing God’s revelations to ancient prophets in the Holy Land. Our eighth article of faith states, “We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.”

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

It is a miracle that we have the Bible’s powerful doctrine, principles, poetry, and stories. But most of all, it is a wonderful miracle that we have the account of the life, ministry, and words of Jesus, which was protected through the Dark Ages and through the conflicts of countless generations so that we may have it today.

“Bible’s 400th Anniversary Best Celebrated with More Study, Apostles’ Words Suggest,” Liahona, May 2011

“How grateful we should be for the Holy Bible,” Elder Ballard said. “I love the Bible, its teachings, its lessons, and its spirit. … I love the perspective and peace that come from reading the Bible.”

Bible, Inerrancy of

The Latter-day Saints have a great reverence and love for the Bible. They study it and try to live its teachings. They treasure its witness of the life and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, they do not believe the Bible, as it is currently available, is without error.

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.

Jeffrey R. Holland, “My Words … Never Cease,” Apr. 2008 general conference

We invite all to inquire into the wonder of what God has said since biblical times and is saying even now.

Charles Didier, “The Message of the Restoration,” Oct. 2003 general conference

The time line of religious history starts with the Bible. It is a record of God’s early revelation to His prophets, dealing with mankind. It starts with an account of Adam and Eve, our first parents; their creation; their fall, with its consequences—mortality and separation from God; and their first steps in the mortal world.

Rex C. Reeve Jr., “A Latter-day Testament of Biblical Truth,” Liahona, Mar. 2001

The Doctrine and Covenants testifies of biblical prophets, their doctrinal teachings, historical events, and fulfillment of ancient prophecy.

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. This edition of the Bible has the same text as the King James Version, but it includes special study aids, such as the Topical Guide, the Bible Dictionary, and footnotes referring to passages in other books of scripture and to excerpts from Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible.

Lesson 12: “Teaching from the Scriptures,” Teaching, No Greater Call

We ought to have a Church full of women and men who know the scriptures thoroughly, who cross-reference and mark them, who develop lessons and talks from the Topical Guide, and who have mastered the maps, the Bible Dictionary, and the other helps that are contained in this wonderful set of standard works. There is obviously more there than we can master quickly. Certainly the scriptural field is “white already to harvest.”

Chapter 47: “President Brigham Young’s Witness of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young

No man can say that this book (laying his hand on the Bible) is true, is the word of the Lord, is the way, is the guide-board in the path, and a charter by which we may learn the will of God; and at the same time say, that the Book of Mormon is untrue; if he has had the privilege of reading it, or of hearing it read, and learning its doctrines. There is not that person on the face of the earth who has had the privilege of learning the Gospel of Jesus Christ from these two books, that can say that one is true, and the other is false. If one be true, both are; and if one be false, both are false.

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

I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors. … Look at [Hebrews 6:1] for contradictions—“Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.” If a man leaves the principles of the doctrine of Christ, how can he be saved in the principles? This is a contradiction. I don’t believe it. I will render it as it should be—“Therefore not leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection.”

Julie B. Beck, “My Soul Delighteth in the Scriptures,” Liahona, May 2004

As a youth, the Prophet Joseph Smith had a great question weighing on his mind. He started reading the scriptures and found a solution in the Bible (see James 1:5). He said, “Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine.” He reflected on it “again and again” (JS—H 1:12). Because Joseph acted upon what he read in the scriptures, he learned about Heavenly Father, His Son Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, and his identity as a son of God. Joseph learned who he was, why he was here on earth, and what he needed to do in this life.