“We believe the Bible to be the word of God, as far as it is translated correctly”. (Article of Faith #8)
Joseph Smith restored a literal interpretation, belief and reliance on scripture. Though many in the world today incorrectly believe “Mormons” do not believe in the Bible, every teaching, doctrine and principle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is firmly rooted in the Bible. In addition to turning our foundation back to scripture, Joseph Smith was inspired to restore doctrines that had been lost from mainstream Christianity. His translation (LDS, RLDS) clarified doctrine and improved the true meaning of the original authors of scripture. Additionally, the Prophet Joseph Smith received revelations clarifying portions of the Bible (such as D&C 76, 77, 91, and 132).
In the Joseph Smith Forum, we are pleased to present the Papers Project, a compilation of some of the best research of the time on gospel subjects. One paper of interest is entitled “A Letter To My Christian Friends.” This letter courteously addresses the question asked by many in the Protestant world, i.e. “Are Mormons Christians?” This timely response to that question shows the evidence of our belief in and practice of the teachings of the Bible. If you’ve ever felt awkward explaining this to friends, this explanation may give you confidence.