GPC10: Scriptures, Gospel Principles Comments and Resources

Gospel Principles
Unit 3: Communication between God and Man
Chapter 10: Scriptures
Comments and Resources

"Elder Spencer W. Kimball said: " I find that when I get casual in my relationships with divinity and when it seems that no divine ear is listening and no divine voices is speaking, that I am far, far away.  If I immerse myself in the Scriptures the distance narrows and the spirituality returns." ("What I Hope You will Teach My Grandchildren and All Others of the Youth of Zion.  Address to Seminary and institute Personnel, Brigham Young University.  11 July 1966, p. 6)

"All that we teach in this Church ought to be couched in the Scriptures.  It ought to be found in the Scriptures.  We ought to choose our texts from the Scriptures" (Harold B. Lee, "Using the Scriptures in Our Church Assignments." Improvement Era, Jan.  1969, p. 13)

"The Lord is not trifling with us when he gives us these things, "For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required" (Luke 12:48)."Access to these things means responsibility for them.  We must study the Scriptures according to the Lord's commandment; and we must let them govern our lives and the lives of our children..."
"First Presidency Message How Rare a Possession the Scriptures!  " Spencer W. Kimbal, Ensign, Sept.  1976, p. 5).
Scriptures and Sunday Classes: A Conversation about Church Curriculum, President Spencer W. Kimball ,Ensign, Jan 1986, 25

During the study of this topic, we will learn the origin of the Scriptures , the general content of each of the standard works, the reason why the Lord commands us to study them, and how to make your scripture study effective."

Resources:
Gospel Principles: Chapter 10: Scriptures
The Articles of Faith, Chapters 13-16.

Scriptures:

1 Nephi 5:10-22; 13:20-29, 35-42; 19:1-7
1 Nephi 5:10-22
Ne.  5: 10-22
  "10 And after they had given thanks unto the God of Israel, my father, Lehi, took the records which were engraven upon the plates of brass, and he did search them from the beginning.
  11 And he beheld that they did contain the five books of Moses, which gave an account of the creation of the world, and also of Adam and Eve, who were our first parents;
  12 And also a record of the Jews from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah;
  13 And also the prophecies of the holy prophets, from the beginning, even down to the commencement of the reign of Zedekiah; and also many prophecies which have been spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah.
  14 And it came to pass that my father, Lehi, also found upon the plates of brass a genealogy of his fathers; wherefore he knew that he was a descendant of Joseph; yea, even that Joseph who was the son of Jacob, who was sold into Egypt, and who was preserved by the hand of the Lord, that he might preserve his father, Jacob, and all his household from perishing with famine. 
  15 And they were also led out of captivity and out of the land of Egypt, by that same God who had preserved them.
  16 And thus my father, Lehi, did discover the genealogy of his fathers.  And Laban also was a descendant of Joseph, wherefore he and his fathers had kept the records.
  17 And now when my father saw all these things, he was filled with the Spirit, and began to prophesy concerning his seed
  18 That these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindreds, tongues, and people who were of his seed.
  19 Wherefore, he said that these plates of brass should never perish; neither should they be dimmed any more by time.  And he prophesied many things concerning his seed.
  20 And it came to pass that thus far I and my father had kept the commandments wherewith the Lord had commanded us.
  21 And we had obtained the records which the Lord had commanded us, and searched them and found that they were desirable; yea, even of great worth unto us, insomuch that we could preserve the commandments of the Lord unto our children.
  22 Wherefore, it was wisdom in the Lord that we should carry them with us, as we journeyed in the wilderness towards the land of promise."

1 Nephi 13: 20-29, 35-42
  "20 And it came to pass that I, Nephi, beheld that they did prosper in the land; and I beheld a book, and it was carried forth among them.
  21 And the angel said unto me: Knowest thou the meaning of the book?
  22 And I said unto him: I know not.
  23 And he said: Behold it proceedeth out of the mouth of a Jew.  And I, Nephi, beheld it; and he said unto me: The book that thou beholdest is a record of the Jews, which contains the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; and it also containeth many of the prophecies of the holy prophets; and it is a record like unto the engravings which are upon the plates of brass, save there are not so many; nevertheless, they contain the covenants of the Lord, which he hath made unto the house of Israel; wherefore, they are of great worth unto the Gentiles.
  24 And the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fulness of the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according to the truth which is in the Lamb of God.
  25 Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.
  26 And after they go forth by the hand of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold, they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious; and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away.
  27 And all this have they done that they might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of the children of men.
  28 Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God.
  29 And after these plain and precious things were taken away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity, thou seest because of the many plain and precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God because of these things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them.
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  35 For, behold, saith the Lamb: I will manifest myself unto thy seed, that they shall write many things which I shall minister unto them, which shall be plain and precious; and after thy seed shall be destroyed, and dwindle in unbelief, and also the seed of thy brethren, behold, these things shall be hid up, to come forth unto the Gentiles, by the gift and power of the Lamb.
  36 And in them shall be written my gospel, saith the Lamb, and my rock and my salvation.
  37 And blessed are they who shall seek to bring forth my Zion at that day, for they shall have the gift and the power of the Holy Ghost; and if they endure unto the end they shall be lifted up at the last day, and shall be saved in the everlasting kingdom of the Lamb; and whoso shall publish peace, yea, tidings of great joy, how beautiful upon the mountains shall they be. 
  38 And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the book of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew, that it came forth from the Gentiles untothe remnant of the seed of my brethren.
  39 And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true.
  40 And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.
  41 And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth. 
  42 And the time cometh that he shall manifest himself unto all nations, both unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles; and after he has manifested himself unto the Jews and also unto the Gentiles, then he shall manifest himself unto the Gentiles and also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first, and the first shall be last."

1 Nephi 19:1-7
  "1 And it came to pass that the Lord commanded me, wherefore I did make plates of ore that I might engraven upon them the record of my people.  And upon the plates which I made I did engraven the record of my father, and also our journeyings in the wilderness, and the prophecies of my father; and also many of mine own prophecies have I engraven upon them.
  2 And I knew not at the time when I made them that I should be commanded of the Lord to make these plates; wherefore, the record of my father, and the genealogy of his fathers, and the more part of all our proceedings in the wilderness are engraven upon those first plates of which I have spoken; wherefore, the things which transpired before I made these plates are, of a truth, more particularly made mention upon the first plates.
  3 And after I had made these plates by way of commandment, I, Nephi, received a commandment that the ministry and the prophecies, the more plain and precious parts of them, should be written upon these plates; and that the things which were written should be kept for the instruction of my people, who should possess the land, and also for other wise purposes, which purposes are known unto the Lord.
  4 Wherefore, I, Nephi, did make a record upon the other plates, which gives an account, or which gives a greater account of the wars and contentions and destructions of my people.  And this have I done, and commanded my people what they should do after I was gone; and that these plates should be handed down from one generation to another, or from one prophet to another, until further commandments of the Lord.
  5 And an account of my making these plates shall be given hereafter; and then, behold, I proceed according to that which I have spoken; and this I do that the more sacred things may be kept for the knowledge of my people. 
  6 Nevertheless, I do not write anything upon plates save it be that I think it be sacred.  And now, if I do err, even did they err of old; not that I would excuse myself because of other men, but because of the weakness which is in me, according to the flesh, I would excuse myself. 
  7 For the things which some men esteem to be of great worth, both to the body and soul, others set at naught and trample under their feet.  Yea, even the very God of Israel do men trample under their feet; I say, trample under their feet but I would speak in other words they set him at naught, and hearken not to the voice of his counsels."


1 Nephi 29
"Many gentiles shall reject the Book of Mormon They shall say: We need no more Bible The Lord'speaks to many nations He will judge the world out of the books thus written.  Between 559 and 545 B.C."

Mosiah 1:3-7; 8:9-13
Mosiah 1:3-7
  "3 And he also taught them concerning the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, saying: My sons, I would that ye should remember that were it not for these plates, which contain these records and these commandments, we must have suffered in ignorance, even at this present time, not knowing the mysteries of God.
  4 For it were not possible that our father, Lehi, could have remembered all these things, to have taught them to his children, except it were for the help of these plates; for he having been taught in the language of the Egyptians therefore he could read these engravings, and teach them to his children, that thereby they could teach them to their children, and so fulfilling the commandments of God, even down to this present time. 
  5 I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.
  6 O my sons, I would that ye should remember that these sayings are true, and also that these records are true.  And behold, also the plates of Nephi, which contain the records and the sayings of our fathers from the time they left Jerusalem until now, and they are true; and we can know of their surety because we have them before our eyes.
  7 And now, my sons, I would that ye should remember to search them diligently, that ye may profit thereby; and I would that ye should keep the commandments of God, that ye may prosper in the land according to the promises which the Lord made unto our fathers."

Mosiah 8:9-13
  "9 And for a testimony that the things that they had said are true they have brought twenty-four plates which are filled with engravings, and they are of pure gold.
  10 And behold, also, they have brought breastplates, which are large, and they are of brass and of copper, and are perfectly sound.
  11 And again, they have brought swords, the hilts thereof have perished, and the blades thereof were cankered with rust; and there is no one in the land that is able to interpret the language or the engravings that are on the plates.  Therefore I said unto thee: Canst thou translate?
  12 And I say unto thee again: Knowest thou of any one that can translate?  For I am desirous that these records should be translated into our language; for, perhaps, they will give us a knowledge of a remnant of the people who have been destroyed, from whence these records came; or, perhaps, they will give us a knowledge of this very people who have been destroyed; and I am desirous to know the cause of their destruction.
  13 Now Ammon said unto him: I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God.  And the things are called interpreters, and no man can look in them except he be commanded, lest he should look for that he ought not and he should perish.  And whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer."


Alma 37:1-14
  "1 And now, my son Helaman, I command you that ye take the records which have been entrusted with me;
  2 And I also command you that ye keep a record of this people, according as I have done, upon the plates of Nephi, and keep all these things sacred which I have kept, even as I have kept them; for it is for a wise purpose that they are kept.
  3 And these plates of brass, which contain these engravings, which have the records of the holy Scriptures upon them, which have the genealogy of our forefathers, even from the beginning
  4 Behold, it has been prophesied by our fathers, that they should be kept and handed down from one generation to another, and be kept and preserved by the hand of the Lord until they should go forth unto every nation, kindred, tongue, and people, that they shall know of the mysteries contained thereon.
  5 And now behold, if they are kept they must retain their brightness; yea, and they will retain their brightness; yea, and also shall all the plates which do contain that which is holy writ.
  6 Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise. 
  7 And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
  8 And now, it has hitherto been wisdom in God that these things should be preserved; for behold, they have enlarged the memory of this people, yea, and convinced many of the error of their ways, and brought them to the knowledge of their God unto the salvation of their souls.
  9 Yea, I say unto you, were it not for these things that these records do contain, which are on these plates, Ammon and his brethren could not have convinced so many thousands of the Lamanites of the incorrect tradition of their fathers; yea, these records and their words brought them unto repentance; that is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.
  10 And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them, yea, and also many thousands of our stiffnecked brethren, the Nephites, who are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities, to the knowledge of their Redeemer?
  11 Now these mysteries are not yet fully made known unto me; therefore I shall forbear.
  12 And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round.
  13 O remember, remember, my son Helaman, how strict are the commandments of God.  And he said: If ye will keep my commandments ye shall prosper in the land but if ye keep not his commandments ye shall be cut off from his presence. 
  14 And now remember, my son, that God has entrusted you with these things, which are sacred, which he has kept sacred, and also which he will keep and preserve for a wise purpose in him, that he may show forth his power unto future generations."


3 Nephi 23
"Jesus approves the words of Isaiah He commands the people to search the prophets The words of Samuel the Lamanite concerning the resurrection are added to their records.  [A.D. 34]"

Mormon 7:9-10
  "9 For behold, this is written for the intent that ye may believe that; and if ye believe that ye will believe this also; and if ye believe this ye will know concerning your fathers, and also the marvelous works which were wrought by the power of God among them.
  10 And ye will also know that ye are a remnant of the seed of Jacob; therefore ye are numbered among the people of the first covenant; and if it so be that ye believe in Christ, and are baptized, first with water, then with fire and with the Holy Ghost, following the example of our Savior, according to that which he hath commanded us, it shall be well with you in the day of judgment.  Amen."


D&C 18:1-4, 34-46; 68:3-4
D&C 18:1-4, 34-46
  "1 Now, behold, because of the thing which you, my servant Oliver Cowdery, have desired to know of me, I give unto you these words:
  2 Behold, I have manifested unto you, by my Spirit in many instances, that the things which you have written are true; wherefore you know that they are true. 
  3 And if you know that they are true, behold, I give unto you a commandment, that you rely upon the things which are written;
  4 For in them are all things written concerning the foundation of my church, my gospel, and my rock.
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  34 These words are not of men nor of man, but of me; wherefore, you shall testify they are of me and not of man;
  35 For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you; for they are given by my Spirit unto you, and by my power you can read them one to another; and save it were by my power you could not have them;
  36 Wherefore, you can testify that you have heard my voice, and know my words.
  37 And now, behold, I give unto you, Oliver Cowdery, and also unto David Whitmer, that you shall search out the Twelve, who shall have the desires of which I have spoken;
  38 And by their desires and their works you shall know them.
  39 And when you have found them you shall show these things unto them.
  40 And you shall fall down and worship the Father in my name.
  41 And you must preach unto the world, saying: You must repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ;
  42 For all men must repent and be baptized, and not only men, but women, and children who have arrived at the years of accountability.
  43 And now, after that you have received this, you must keep my commandments in all things;
  44 And by your hands I will work a marvelous work among the children of men, unto the convincing of many of their sins, that they may come unto repentance, and that they may come unto the kingdom of my Father.
  45 Wherefore, the blessings which I give unto you are above all things.
  46 And after that you have received this, if you keep not my commandments you cannot be saved in the kingdom of my Father."

D&C 68:3-4
  "3 And this is the ensample unto them, that they shall speak as they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost.
  4 And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation."


2 Kings 22, 23
2 Kings 22
"Josiah reigns in righteousness in Judah Hilkiah repairs the temple, and finds the book of the law Josiah sorrows because of the wickedness of his fathers Huldah prophesies wrath upon the people but blessings upon Josiah."
2 Kings.  23
"Josiah reads the book of the covenant to the people They covenant to keep the commandments Josiah overturns the worship of false gods, removes the sodomites, and puts down idolatry Idolatrous priests slain Judah holds a solemn passover Egypt subjects the land of Judah."

Articles of Faith 1:8  " We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God."

Topical Guide:
                            Scripture
                            Scripture, to Come Forth
                            Scripture, Lost
                            Scripture, Preservation of
                            Scripture, Study of
                            Scripture, Value of
                            Scripture, Writing of

Bible Dictionary:
                                Apocrypha
                                Bible
                                Canon
                                Chronology
                                Gospels
                                Lost Books
                                Pentateuch
                                Scripture

Guide to the Scriptures:
                                             Scriptures
                                             Bible
                                             Book of Mormon
                                             Canon
                                             Chronology
                                             Doctrine and Covenants
                                             Pearl of Great Price
                                             Word of God

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Moroni 10:4-5
  "4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
  5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things."

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