Thursday, December 22, 2005
What is "Official" Mormon Doctrine? (Part 2)

Let's take this "hierarchy of authority" from the top down. In Mormon doctrine, the first level is the most authoritative whereas the bottom level is the least authoritative.

The First Level: Written Scriptures

Mormonism was summarized by Joseph Smith in the Articles of Faith. The eighth Article of Faith states, "We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." Therefore, we see that the Bible is Scripture as well as the Book of Mormon. The LDS church also includes the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price as written Scripture. Here is a little more about them:

Together, these combine together as the official written Scripture for the LDS church. As such, they are the top level of Latter-day Saint authority. They are foundational to Mormon doctrine, so an individual seeking to understand Mormonism should begin here (at the same time, remember that most distinctive Mormon teaching comes from the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price).

We will look at the remaining levels of authority in my final post.

(Originally posted at the A-Team Blog: http://ateam.blogware.com/blog/_archives/2005/12/22/1449576.html )

 
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