The Pearl of Great Price – A History

[Reposted from 2010.]

In our priesthood meeting a few weeks back a part of the lesson involved inviting class members to offer brief accounts of “how we got them and what’s in ’em” in regard to the Mormon scriptures. Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants went about as short and sweet as you might imagine, but no one volunteered anything about the Pearl of Great Price beyond the usual bit about its contents. (I don’t usually comment – unless someone points at me and asks. Its been a good policy)
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Articles of Faith — Australian Style

Part of the Latter-day Saint missionary effort in the 19th century was pamphleteering. Certainly, Parley Parker Pratt was champion there. Religious periodicals were another tool commonly used in the new Mormon effort to get the word out. The 1840s and 50s were rich in this stuff with the Mormon apostles leading the way, but not far behind were the 2nd tier Elders.
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