What Mormons Believe About the Bible
Mormons consider the Bible to be official scripture and adhere to its teachings as doctrine. Mormons use the King James Version of the Bible. It is revered as a testament of Jesus Christ and is a collection of sacred writings that contain revelations from God and an account of God’s dealings with His people in the Old world.
The Bible covers centuries starting with the creation of the world and the first man Adam down to the death of the Apostles of Jesus Christ. The Bible is divided into the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament covers sacred writings before the birth of Christ. The New Testament tells the life of the Savior and the establishment of Christ’s Church.
The Mormon Church does accept information that was revealed during a translation of the Bible done by Joseph Smith. In August 1830, just after Joseph Smith finished the translation of the Book of Mormon and the Mormon Church had been organized. Joseph Smith began translating the King James Version of the Bible. This translation was not from one language to another but actual revelation Joseph Smith received from God concerning information that had been lost or changed in the Bible over time by scholars and other translators.
Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible took three years to complete and he was still preparing it for printing when he was killed in 1844. Sidney Rigdon worked as Joseph’s scribe for most of the three years, but Oliver Cowdery and John Whitmer also occasionally fulfilled this role.
Joseph learned about many things that had been lost from Christ’s Church. Some of the most significant information restored by Joseph’s translation of the Bible are: eight years old as the age of accountability, the history of the prophet Melchizedek and the Melchizedek Priesthood, and information about Enoch. When Joseph died his translation of the Bible included 477 pages of manuscript and a King James Bible with notations in it.
Today, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible is not the official Bible of the Mormon Church. Members use the King James Version, but the footnotes include significant information and changes that were restored by Joseph Smith.
Mormon leaders encourage members to study the Bible as completely as possible. This is because the Bible helps you to understand and know God. It also helps us to understand His love for His children, the life of Jesus Christ, and Christ’s teachings.
In addition to the Bible the Mormon Church accepts other scripture as the word of God, including: The Book of Mormon, a record of God’s people in ancient America; the Doctrine and Covenants, revelations given in modern times to establish and maintain Christ’s Church, and The Pearl of Great Price, is a selection of revelations and writings from Joseph Smith.