Why Do We Need to Personally Study the Holy Bible?

Why Do We Need to Personally Study the Holy Bible?

Everyone knows how important it is to study the Holy Bible and apply the teachings to our daily lives. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accepts four books as scripture. These books are the official, canonized scriptures of the Church which are often called the standard works.

    Holy Bible
    Book of Mormon
    Doctrine and Covenants
    Pearl of Great Price

One book is as important as the other books. As latter-day saints, we have “thoroughly studied” the Book of Mormon and “well-studied” the Holy Bible, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. But some of us only studied the Holy Bible and didn’t do it well. Why? Let me ask you a simple question: 

How many of us have read the Holy Bible through? 

That question gives us an unknown answer. 75 percent of the latter-day saints? 50 percent? 25? How about you? Have you already read each and every verse of the Holy Bible? From the first chapter up to the last verse?

But whatever your answer may be, don’t worry. It’s never too late to find a quiet place, sit on the corner, turn on the brightest light in the room, pray humbly, and start reading the Holy book.

The Importance of Studying the Holy Bible

That question gives us an unknown answer. 75 percent of the latter-day saints? 50 percent? 25? How about you? Have you already read each and every verse of the Holy Bible? From the first chapter up to the last verse?

But whatever your answer may be, don’t worry. It’s never too late to find a quiet place, sit on the corner, turn on the brightest light in the room, pray humbly, and start reading the Holy book.

The Importance of Studying the Holy Bible

There are so many reasons why we should study the Bible. As Christians, we know how “holy” the Bible is, and we know that the Bible is the word of God. But even if we know that the book is sacred, still, there are some people who don’t read it.

To emphasize more the importance of the Holy Bible, let’s also talk about the Book of Mormon.

The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon

First and foremost, as a latter-day saint, you probably know how important it is to study the Book of Mormon. And the Book of Mormon is similar to the Holy Bible in many ways:

  • Both books contain the life of Jesus Christ.
  • Both books have the writings of the prophets and apostles.
  • Both books invite us to follow Jesus Christ and to keep His commandments and be saved.

Our friends outside the faith are also asking questions like “Does the Book of Mormon replace the Holy Bible?” and “Why do latter-day saints believe in the Book of Mormon if we already have the Holy Bible?” 

There is a significant difference between the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon — the period and place of writing:

  • The Holy Bible is the works of the prophets in the Middle East and covers the ancient history starting from God’s creation until about AD100.
  • The Book of Mormon is the works of the prophets in the Americas and covers  600 B.C. to A.D. 400.

Even though these two books were written at different times and places, they both have one main goal: Both the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon teach and testify of Jesus Christ.

Which Version of the Holy Bible Should I Use?

As of the year 2019, there are so many existing Bible translations — so many that you don’t even know what to use. But The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints uses the King James Version (KJV), also known as the Authorized Version. And because the KJV uses deep and unfamiliar words, we can also use other versions to help us understand obscure passages written in KJV. For example:

James 1:5

    King James Version (KJV)

If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

    New International Version (NIV)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

    English Standard Version (ESV)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

    Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

“Do any of you need wisdom? Ask God for it. He is generous and enjoys giving to everyone. So he will give you wisdom.”

 You will notice the differences between the translations of James 1:5. The KJV has the beauty in language and spiritual connotation, but may be difficult to understand compared to the other versions.

What version of the Holy Bible should you use then?

 Even if it’s difficult to understand, it’s still advisable to use the official Bible of the Church which is the King James Version (KJV). You can use another version of the Holy Bible to understand the confusing passages written in the King James Version. To be honest with you, it won’t be too difficult to understand the King James Version if you pray reverently before you read. (Believe me, it works!)

Why should you use the KJV of the Holy Bible?

 That is a very good question. The KJV was the translation predominantly used in 1830 — the year when the Church was organized. Prophet Joseph Smith, the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also used an 1828 edition of the King James Version (KJV) to prepare an inspired version of the Bible, also known as Joseph Smith Translation (JST) or Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures (IV).

 But this doesn’t mean that the King James Version of the Holy Bible is the perfect translation. 1 Nephi 13:25-29 tells us that the original biblical texts had been corrupted at an early date which made it difficult for the translators to produce an accurate Bible, whichever manuscript they used.    Moreover, the modern Bible versions have been the result of the deletion of some important words or thoughts because of the way translators render a phrase, and because of the adjustment for the modern language. However, due to the effects of modernization, the original thought of some passages turned out to be different. For a detailed explanation, you can check out the 1987 article entitled “Why does the Church still use the King James Version?”

Ways to Access the Holy Bible

Living in today’s generation made the Holy Bible easy for us to access. Whether you prefer in print, online, or in a mobile app, obtaining a copy of the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible is easy.

Gospel Library App

This is by far the most recommended mobile app to download. Here you can have a copy of the Holy Bible, as well as the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, and all the books, manuals, and study aids used for learning the gospel! The Gospel Library app is one of the official mobile applications of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store

Furthermore, everything that you can find in the Gospel Library is available in audio. So instead of listening to rock songs, why not study the Holy Bible by listening to the audio? You may also want to check out “LDS Apps: 10 Apps Every Member of The Church Must Know”.

The Holy Bible – Mobile App

And because almost everyone has a smartphone, there are so many mobile applications that allow us to access the Holy Bible in whichever translation we prefer. This is an alternative way if you don’t like to download the Gospel Library App (which I believe is better than any other apps!).

Just go to the Apple App Store or Google Play Store and search “Bible KJV”, and ta-da! What’s more interesting is that most of them are free to download!

The Holy Bible – Online

You can also access the Holy Bible and other scriptures by simply going to churchofjesuschrist.org or other official websites of the Church and read them online. 

The Holy Bible – Print

Still, “owning a Holy book” gives you the spirit rather than reading the Bible on your computer or mobile screen. Even the latter-day saints still use a printed copy of the Holy Bible for personal scripture study, Sacrament Meetings, Family Home Evenings, and Sunday School. The King James Version of the Holy Bible is available in bookstores worldwide. 

But it’s better if you obtain a copy of the KJV published by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It contains an extensive cross-referencing that includes:

  • Latter-day and biblical scriptures
  • Alternate renderings of difficult passages
  • Language insights to certain Hebrew and Greek words
  • Helpful changes from the Joseph Smith Translation (JST)
  • Topical Guide, Bible Dictionary, and passages from JST

You can also get a free copy of the Holy Bible by going to the nearest branch or by requesting a free copy on comeuntochrist.org. The Holy Bible published by the LDS Church is also available to LDS Distribution Centers worldwide, or you can simply visit store.churchofjesuschrist.org.

The Animated Bible Stories

You can also encourage your kids to start studying the Holy Bible at a young age by watching The Animated Old Testament and The Animated New Testament available here on Living Scriptures!

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“And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation. ( D&C 68:4 )

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