The Pearl of Great Price is a book of scripture, not unlike the Bible, the Apocrypha, The Book of Mormon, The Doctrine & Covenants, The Book of Enoch, The Qur’an, The Talmud and so forth.
Most books of scripture are in verse format. Book X Verse 2. The Pearl of Great Price is no exception. It is used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While I hope to read all of the scriptural books I have mentioned I haven’t gotten that far yet. I like to learn about various religions and where they are similar and different from one another. The Pearl of Great Price is my favorite though. It just really makes me think and I like to think.
Whenever I read a book of scripture for this blog I will count the anthology as one book. Some books inside of scripture are so short, they don’t even really count as books. So one anthology, equals one book.
The Pearl of Great Price is named such in reference to a scripture in the New Testament. The scripture goes something like, “Don’t cast a pearl of great worth to the swine.” That’s not exactly how it goes, but you get the idea. The concept of a “pearl of great price” means something that is valuable, in this case knowledge.
The anthology contains the book of Moses, the book of Abraham, Joseph Smith-Matthew, Joseph Smith -History, and The Articles of Faith.The Articles of Faith are great. They contain 13 basic principles of belief. I at one point had to memorize them. They’re nice, but not why I like The Pearl of Great Price.
Joseph Smith-History is Joseph Smith’s account of how the church was formed, well it’s actually his testimony, or his belief statement. It’s beautiful, it’s profound, but I’ve heard it so many times I could probably repeat the entire thing word-for-word if pressured. So that isn’t why I like the Pearl of Great Price. It’s a great account though.
Joseph-Smith Matthew is like a re-translation of the first chapter of Matthew. Again, beautiful, wonderful, profound, love it, but not why I love the Pearl of Great Price.
The books of Abraham and Moses are why I like the Pearl of Great Price. Moses is another presentation of the first few chapters of Genesis. It’s basically the same thing, but with a little more info. I love it. I seriously love it. I love the creation story, so I love Moses. It has these little tidbits that are only hinted upon in Genesis and I just eat that up. It even has more of Enoch, you know the guy who is only mentioned in one verse in Genesis? He’s got quite a few verses in Moses. Yes, I am also aware that the free masons use Enoch in their beliefs, but I haven’t had a chance to research that yet. All in all, I love the book of Moses.
Abraham is my absolute favorite though. Abraham contains a vision Abraham has that explains a lot of things. It also has, yet another, account of the creation. I love that since I love the creation story, but what I really love is the explanation of how things work in Abraham. I couldn’t even try to explain it all here because I wouldn’t do it justice. It just really makes me ponder.
This book is what actually made me think about our universe. Where does Earth fit in, in all of space and time? Where do we fit in? Was there something before this? Will there be something after this? These are all questions that, in my opinion, are answered in the book of Abraham. It just really makes me ponder how well everything works together and how beautiful, not only our Earth is, but the entire universe is.
It also made me ponder the location of Heaven. Most Christians have this vague idea of what and where heaven is. I’m not saying I know where it is, because I don’t. After reading Abraham I have more of a belief that it’s an actual place that you can go to, not just some idea that maybe it’s there, maybe it’s not. It has become more concrete for me.
I have read the Pearl of Great Price many times. I love it every time, especially Moses and Abraham.
What I liked: I liked the books of Moses and Abraham.
What I didn’t like: I really wish there was more of The Pearl of Great Price. I wish the book of Abraham was longer. I wish the book of Moses was longer. It’s just a collection that I like so much I can never really get enough of it.