Section 88: Concerning the Apocrypha


Previous Editions

Earliest Source

1835 D&C 92

1844 D&C 93

1864 D&C 88

1897 D&C 88

1906 D&C

1911 D&C

1922 D&C

1952 D&C

1970 D&C 88

1990 D&C


Date Given: March 9, 1833

Location Given: Kirtland, Ohio

Date Canonized: August 17, 1835



A. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, concerning the Apocrypha,

B. There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; there are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.

C. Verily I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

D. Therefore, whoso readeth it let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited; therefore, it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.