Joseph Fielding Smith taught:
It seems to me that any member of this Church would never be
satisfied until he or she had read the Book of Mormon time and time
again and thoroughly considered it so that he or she could bear witness
that it is in very deed a record with the inspiration of the Almighty
upon it, and that its history is true.
can testify of that, for I know the Book of Mormon is true just as well
as I know I am standing here in this building facing you. . . . No member of this Church can stand approved in the presence
of God who has not seriously and carefully read the Book of Mormon, and
I think I could add to that also, as far as our brethren are concerned,
the the Doctrine and Covenants.
have besides the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants, another
record which is priceless, as these records are, that every member of
this Church ought to have read, and which I fear many have not read. I
have reference to the Pearl of Great Price. It seems to me that a member
of this Church would not be able to rest in peace and comfort and have a
clear conscience without having knowledge by study and by faith of the
standard works of the Church. These records are priceless. The world
mocks at them, but through their teachings we are permitted to come
nearer unto God, get a better understanding of our Heavenly Father and
his Son Jesus Christ, become closer acquainted with them and to know
more in regard to the wonderful plan of salvation which they have given
unto us and unto the world if it will receive the plan that will exalt
us in the kingdom of God to become his sons and his daughters, receiving
the fulness of that kingdom . . . .
teach the men who hold the priesthood in their quorums. Teach the
members of the Church in their meetings, and also when you visit them in
their homes as ward teachers. Whenever the opportunity presents itself,
teach them to read and study in faith and prayer the revelations the
Lord has given us that we may not be deceived and led astray by false
have false teachers among us. We have apostates among us who are
endeavoring to tear down and destroy the kingdom of God, and they are
disturbing a great many members of the Church. Why? Because they haven't
the faith nor the background in knowledge to resist these false
teachers and their false doctrines. Let
me plead with the membership of this Church for humility, for faith,
for more prayer, more study, more love in their hearts for God their
Eternal Father and his Son Jesus Christ.
[Joseph Fielding Smith, Conference Reports, October 1961, 19-20].