The Bible: Heavenly Father's Instruction to Us All

Mormons Use the King James Version Almost Exclusively

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Since 1979 the Church has used its own edition of the King James Bible that includes chapter headings, footnotes and cross-references to other Latter-day Saint scriptures. © 2011 Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved

The Bible is the record of God's laws and instructions to His people on earth. The record begins with Adam and continues through Jesus Christ's ministry and that of His Apostles. It contains 66 different books. Separated into the Old and New Testaments, the Bible is accepted as scripture. It is pronounced bye-buhl.

Why do Mormons Use the King James Version of the Bible?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS/Mormon) and its members, sometimes called Mormons, use the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible almost exclusively.

There are two prime reasons for this.

  1. We believe the Bible is the word of God when translated accurately.
  2. We believe the KJV is the most correct of all translations that exist in English.

Mormons know there are other translations of the Bible. However, we try to get as close to the original authors' wording as we can. We are not comfortable reading translations of translations by uninspired writers. For this reason, the Church has officially adopted the KJV and authorized its use in all Church matters.

Individuals are welcome to acquire and read other versions. In fact, other versions may contain insights the KJV does not have. However, the KJV is the authorized version of the Church.

There are Various Bible Translations

Knowing the history behind Bible translations can help you understand the strengths and limitation of each version. Some Bible translations are more popular or authoritative than others.

The King James Version is the gold standard for Christians. It has been in use for over 400 years.

Bible versions are online as well. The Christianity expert has named the top eight sites for accessing Bible translations digitally.

What is the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible?

There is a Joseph Smith translation of the Bible and a story behind it.

Heavenly Father told Joseph Smith to restore portions of the Bible that had been lost over time. Using the King James Version of the Bible, Joseph did so, However, he never finished it, although some restored selections were published in various media.

The Bible he used, along with his changes, is not owned by the Church. It is owned by The Community of Christ, formerly known as the RLDS Church.

They have published it themselves under the title, the Holy Scriptures or the Inspired Version. Mormons refer to it as the Joseph Smith Translation or JST. Neither the Church nor its members consider it official. It is an additional help in understanding portions of the Bible and selections from the JST can be found on the Church's web site.

Advantages to Using the LDS Edition of the King James Version

Some years ago, the Church published its own version of the Bible and other LDS scripture. There are advantages to using the latest LDS edition. They include the following:

  • Use of the unique footnote system that correlates all LDS scripture.
  • The various study helps and other resources unique to the LDS faith.
  • Access to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

How to Get a Free LDS Edition of the King James Version

If you are wondering about this LDS edition of the King James Version, you can get a free copy of it as easily as you can get a free copy of the Book of Mormon.

As with the Book of Mormon, there are digital versions of the LDS edition of the KJV available online as well.

Enjoy Some Bible Media and Video Presentations

The Bible and other books of scripture are precious to us. Many people sacrificed to make the Bible available to everyone. Some of these stories are contained in the following media:

The Bible is a treasure that we can enjoy every day as we search and ponder the scriptures. We express our gratitude for all scripture, by studying it and living the principles it teaches.