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Switch to Forum Live View What are the sacred texts of Mormonism
10 years ago  ::  Dec 16, 2007 - 4:23PM #1
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) have four books of scripture collectively called the "standard works:"

Holy Bible (both Old and New Testiment)
Book of Mormon
Doctrine and Covenants
Pearl of Great Price

They are all available online, along with study helps at:
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2007 - 12:31PM #2
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The following three books make up the canon of the Community of Christ, also known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints:

The Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures (also known as the Joseph Smith Translation)
The Book of Mormon
The Doctrine and Covenants

The Book of Moses is incorporated within the book of Genesis (IV) and also in sections 22 and 36 of the D&C

The Book of Mormon (especially the Lamoni, Iowa edition, 1908) is very close to the original manuscript

The Doctrine and Covenants has 163 sections (some sections were removed by actions of the 1970 and 1990 RLDS General Conferences):
Joseph Smith: 1-113, 108A
Joseph Smith III: 114-131
Frederick M. Smith: 132-138
Israel Smith: 139-144
W. Wallace Smith: 145-152, 149A
Wallace B. Smith: 153-160
W. Grant McMurray: 161-162
Stephen Veazey: 163

The versification of the CoC editions of the Book of Mormon and D&C are different from the LDS.
The CoC does not recognize the Book of Abraham, found in the LDS PoGP. Joseph Smith-History and Joseph Smith-Matthew are included in RLDS church history.
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2007 - 12:43PM #3
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I really wanted to start a new thread, but clicked on the wrong button. Sorry!
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10 years ago  ::  Dec 29, 2007 - 4:08PM #4
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It's interesting to see that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and the Community of Christ use many of the same texts, but not all of them are the same.

The CoC has canonized the Joseph Smith translation (JST) of the Bible, but the LDS Church has only canonized portions of it, namely the Book of Moses and Joseph Smith - Matthew. The CoC pubhishes a Bible with the translations incoroprated into the text, but the LDS Church publishes the KJV with the JST as footnotes, along with cross references and some greek and latin translation footnotes.

The LDS Church's latest publication of the Book of Mormon was updated in 1980, with some corrections made from the original manuscript, added footnotes to coinside with the other standard works and other minor puntuation changes.  An exact replica of the original 1830 version is also published.
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