Pearl of Great Price: A Collection of Ancient and Modern Scripture

This Book Along With Three Others Make Up LDS (Mormon) Scripture

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The Pearl of Great Price is one of the four volumes of official scriptures used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This book contains inspired translations, revelations, and other gospel doctrines which were given to the Church through the Prophet Joseph Smith, first prophet of this last dispensation.

Inside the Pearl of Great Price

The Pearl of Great Price contains the following:

The Selections from the Book of Moses and Joseph Smith-Matthew are divine revelations given to Joseph Smith as part of his translation of the Bible. These revelations restore many plain and precious parts that had been lost.

The Book of Abraham is an inspired, divine translation by Joseph Smith of ancient records acquired by the Church in 1835.

The Joseph Smith-History is Joseph Smith's personal account and testimony of his search for truth and the First Vision, when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ, His Son.

The Articles of Faith, written by Joseph Smith, are a summary of our basic beliefs. Many of these beliefs, such as faith in Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost are found within the other sections of the Pearl of Great Price.

The books of Moses and Abraham contain beautiful doctrine about God's plan of salvation including the creation, fall of Adam and Eve, and mankind's eternal need for a Savior, Jesus Christ.

Where Does the Name of This Book of Scripture Come From?

The phrase, pearl of great price is found in the New Testament:

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:

Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

The Pearl of Great Price is a pearl because of the spiritual treasures it contains.

The truths found within these scriptures are of such great value that one who wanted such treasures would sell all to own them.

There Are Several Ways to Access the Pearl of Great Price Online

You can read or listen to the Pearl of Great Price online or in the following formats: 

Discover Why the Book of Abraham and the Facsimiles are Controversial

Many assume that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Abraham like he did the Book of Mormon. This is not accurate. We know almost nothing about how Joseph Smith translated this book of scripture or what papyri scrolls he used.

The Book of Abraham may well be an inspired book. Not enough of the historical records exists to draw any firm conclusions. This also holds true for the three facsimiles and their explanations.

Many of the things we thought we knew about the papyri scrolls, the figures contained on them and how Joseph Smith translated what is now the Book of Abraham are now in question. For a detailed discussion of these issues, you should read Translation and Historicity of the Book of Abraham. This is a topic page on the Gospel Topics section of the Church's official website.

How You Can Learn More About the Pearl of Great Price

Since the Pearl of Great Price augments much of what we know from the Old Testament, it is often studied along with the Old Testament, especially in Seminary, Institute and adult Sunday School. You can access these manuals for more information:

The Pearl of Great Price added a great deal to our knowledge of the premortal life and events that led to Jesus being chosen as our Savior and the devil being cast out of heaven to dwell in Hell.

Updated by Krista Cook.