Words, both written and spoken, by holy men of God when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. The official canonized scriptures of the Church today consist of the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament regarded the books of the Old Testament as scripture (
Matt. 22:29; John 5:39; 2 Tim. 3:15; 2 Pet. 1:20–21). See also Chronology in the appendix.
Did not our hearts burn within us, while he opened to us the scriptures,
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me,
The words of Christ will tell you all things what ye should do,
2 Ne. 32:3.
As many as are led to believe the holy scriptures are firm and steadfast in the faith,
Men err in wresting the scriptures and do not understand them,
These words are not of men nor of man, but of me,
The coming forth of the Book of Mormon proves to the world that the scriptures are true,
D&C 20:2, 8–12.
Let your time be devoted to the studying of the scriptures,
The scriptures are given for the Saints’ instruction,
The scriptures are given to the salvation of the elect,
Teach the principles of my gospel, which are in the Bible and the Book of Mormon,
My laws concerning these things are given in my scriptures,
Whatever is spoken under the influence of the Holy Ghost is scripture,
There are many sacred writings mentioned in the scriptures that we do not have today, among which are these books and writers: the covenant (
Ex. 24:7), the wars of the Lord ( Num. 21:14), Jasher ( Josh. 10:13; 2 Sam. 1:18), the acts of Solomon ( 1 Kgs. 11:41), Samuel the seer ( 1 Chr. 29:29), Nathan the prophet ( 2 Chr. 9:29), Shemaiah the prophet ( 2 Chr. 12:15), Iddo the prophet ( 2 Chr. 13:22), Jehu ( 2 Chr. 20:34), the sayings of the seers ( 2 Chr. 33:19), Enoch ( Jude 1:14), and the words of Zenock, Neum, and Zenos ( 1 Ne. 19:10), Zenos ( Jacob 5:1), Zenock and Ezias ( Hel. 8:20), and a book of remembrance ( Moses 6:5); and epistles to the Corinthians ( 1 Cor. 5:9), to the Ephesians ( Eph. 3:3), from Laodicea ( Col. 4:16), and from Jude ( Jude 1:3).
Scriptures to be preserved
We should obtain these records that we may preserve the words spoken by the prophets,
1 Ne. 3:19–20.
I should preserve these plates,
These things have been kept and preserved by the hand of God,
Take care of these sacred things,
Thou shalt read this law before all Israel,
This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth,
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul,
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,
The scriptures testify of me,
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine and instruction,
2 Tim. 3:15–16.
I did liken all scriptures unto us, that it might be for our profit and learning,
1 Ne. 19:23.
My soul delighteth in the scriptures,
2 Ne. 4:15–16.
We labor diligently to write, to persuade our children, and also our brethren, to believe in Christ,
2 Ne. 25:23.
They searched the scriptures, and hearkened no more to the words of this wicked man,
Jacob 7:23 ( Alma 14:1).
If not for these plates, we must have suffered in ignorance,
They had searched the scriptures diligently, that they might know the word of God,
The scriptures are preserved to bring souls to salvation,
Alma 37:1–19 ( 2 Ne. 3:15).
The word of God shall lead the man of Christ,
Whatsoever they speak by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture and the power of God unto salvation,
Print the fulness of my scriptures for the purpose of building up my Church and to prepare my people,
Scriptures prophesied to come forth
Isaiah foretold the coming forth of the Book of Mormon,
Take thee one stick, and write upon it, for Judah,
Other books will come forth,
1 Ne. 13:39.
Ye need not suppose that the Bible contains all my words,
2 Ne. 29:10–14.
Lay hold upon the gospel of Christ, which shall be set before you in the records that shall come forth,
Blessed be he that shall bring this thing to light,
Write these things and I will show them in my own due time,
Ether 3:27 ( Ether 4:7).