The Unauthorized Investigator's Guide to
The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints

Lesson 4

Study the Scriptures

The Missionaries Will Teach...

The scriptures are the source of official and binding doctrine of the Church.  They were written by prophets, and contain the revelations the revelations from God and the history of God's dealing with his people.  We show our faith in Jesus Christ by diligently studying, believing, and obeying the teachings of the scriptures.  We feast upon the scriptures to not only learn the truth about Jesus Christ and his gospel, but also to open the doors of personal revelation regarding who we really are, what we should do, and what we should become.  The approved scriptures are The Holy Bible, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. We should study these holy books every day.

Some Additional Thoughts...

The last canonized revelation that the prophet Joseph Smith received is now known as Section 132 of The Doctrine and Covenants.  I suggest you carefully read this section and ponder it before you get baptized.  Conscientiously read the whole thing and sincerely consider the question of whether or not you believe that Jesus Christ really said these words to Joseph Smith.  Ask yourself if you really want to align yourself with a church that teaches these things.

Benjamin Franklin once had a church sermon that was a lot like the fourth missionary lesson.  Think about whether or not the principles in this lesson are designed to make you a good human being, or merely a good Mormon.


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