reading the Bible



The Bible is the word of God. It is a witness for God and Jesus Christ. Members of the Church are encouraged to study it and follow its teachings. The Church uses many translations of the Bible in various languages. In English, the King James Version is used as the official Bible of the Church.

The Bible is not God’s final revelation to humanity, however, and neither is this collection of sacred writings complete. The Bible itself speaks of other authoritative books of scripture including books of Nathan the prophet and of Jehu and Enoch, the prophecy of Ahijah, the visions of Iddo the seer, and even missing epistles of Paul (see 2 Chronicles 9:29; 13:22; 20:34; 1 Corinthians 5:9; Jude 1:14). Other books of Latter-day Saint scripture—the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—clarify the gospel as taught in the Bible and corroborate the truthfulness of the Biblical witness of Jesus Christ.

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Scripture References

Scripture Study Resources

Messages from Church Leaders

Additional Messages

Learning Resources

Church Magazines

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

Thomas A. Wayment, “The Historical Context of the New Testament,” Liahona, January 2011

Shanna Butler, “What Had to Happen?Liahona, March 2005

Latter-day Prophets Speak about the Old Testament,” Liahona, February 2002

Robert J. Matthews, “A Bible! A Bible!Ensign, January 1987

Robert J. Matthews, “How can I explain the Church’s attitude regarding the Bible? A friend of mine objects to the fact that we have additional scriptures and that we believe in the Bible only ‘as far as it is translated correctly.’Liahona, December 1985

Robert J. Matthews, “The Bible and Its Role in the Restoration,” Liahona, September 1980

Study Manuals

In the News

Reverence for the Bible,” Newsroom

Teachings of Presidents of the Church


Teaching Resources

Teaching Outlines

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Bible,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children