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 a collection of sacred writings containing many of God’s revelations. It is a record of His dealings with some of His children from the Creation through the ministries of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. It was written by prophets and historians who knew God and testified of Jesus Christ. It is read and revered by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they study it regularly.

    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.

    Related Topics


    Scripture References

    Scripture Study Resources

    Messages from Church Leaders

    Additional Talks

    Learning Resources

    Church Magazines

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

    “The Historical Context of the New Testament,” Ensign or Liahona, January 2011

    “What Had to Happen?” Liahona, March 2005

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

    “A Bible! A Bible!” Ensign, January 1987

    “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

    “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