D&C Section 91

The prophet, Joseph Smith, was translating the Old Testament early in 1833, when he came to the part called the Apocrypha. The prophet wondered if he should make any revisions to this part of the bible. He prayed regarding this, and received this revelation in answer to his prayer.

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;
2 There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.
3 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

Before reading this section, I did not really know anything about this section of the Bible. Apparently, it has been controversial over time and has often been excluded from the scriptures. It is fifteen parts of books which are not doctrinal scripture, but it seems that they are more examples of how to live. The Lord told the prophet that most of the Apocrypha was translated correctly and many things were true, but many things were not true as well, because of men. The prophet was told that it did not need to be translated.

4 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;
5 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;
6 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

The Lord told the prophet, that for those who read it, the spirit would teach them what was truth. There is benefit in reading them, if we already have an understanding of gospel principles. On the other hand, anyone who does not have the spirit’s discerning power as they read it, will not have any benefit.

I think that from this we learn that there are many good books that have been written. When it comes to books designed to guide a righteous life, we need to read them with the spirit of discernment. If there are things for us to be edified within the pages, the spirit will teach us of the truth and we will be benefited. It is good to always remember that only the prophets have the power and authority to speak in behalf of God on this earth. The writings of anyone else will not be scripture, but may be good companions for how to live a good and happy life.

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