Throughout time God has called and chosen servants or prophets to deliver His messages. Most often, God's message is one of repentance. As people correctly discern true prophets, receive their messages, and repent, they are likewise blessed to know God. Many books of scripture describe the personal accounts of individuals who have earnestly sought to know the reality of the existence of God for themselves and have come into His presence. These prophets have received the promise of eternal life and therefore possess the words of eternal life. When such words are communicated, they convey to the spirit of men and women the desire to be meek, humble, and penitent, and likewise come unto Christ, know Him individually, and be perfected in Him. We view the messages imparted by God's servants as gifts of knowledge, truth, and redemption, which He is offering if we will only receive them. We believe that God has continued to speak to individuals in our time, who serve as messengers or prophets, imparting God's will to us and bearing a message of repentance to all. This is God's pattern in scripture.
Inspired writings and revelations of prophets who lived before Christ. Commonly known as the Old Testament.
Inspired writings and revelations of prophets who experienced and testified of Christ's ministry in both the old and new worlds.
Inspired writings and revelations of contemporary witnesses of the resurrected Christ, with divine mandates to restore His true Gospel.
What version of the Restoration Edition scriptures is presented here?
The version presented here is based on the first edition and first printing of Restoration Edition scriptures as completed by the scripture committee November 25, 2019. (Text V1.000 - 2019.11.25)
Since the first printing, various small edits made by Joseph Smith in the original JST manuscripts, which were missed in the original scripture project, have been discovered, along with a number of typos. They are being applied to the online text as they are discovered to keep it as true to Joseph Smith's work as possible. The current online text here is version "Text V1.353 - 2022.12.10". Full details on every correction made are available on the Change Tracking page. Page numbers for the location of each correction are also provided, to allow those with print editions to find and make the same corrections in their own scriptures, if desired.
Details about their canonization are included in the front matter for each volume.
A historical record of postings by the scriptures committee is available here.
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