The Prophet Joseph Smith said, “I believe the Bible as it read when it came from the pen of the original writers. Ignorant translators, careless transcribers, or designing and corrupt priests have committed many errors” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 327).
Joseph Smith’s translation of the Bible helped restore many of the “plain and precious things” (1 Nephi 13:28) which were lost. — Book of Mormon Student Manual, p. 24
. . . The reading of the Bible gives comfort and happiness to the traveler to eternity, and points out to him in part the character and attributes of the Being whom to know is life eternal. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 7:332
I believe that the Bible contains the word of God, and the words of good men and the words of bad men; . . . but aside from that I believe the doctrines concerning salvation contained in that book are true, and that their observance will elevate any people, nation or family that dwells on the face of the earth. — Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, 13:175
It is your privilege and duty to live so as to be able to understand the things of God. There are the Old and New Testaments, the Book of Mormon, and the book of Doctrine and Covenants, which Joseph has given us, and they are of great worth to a person wandering in darkness. They are like a lighthouse in the ocean, or a finger-post which points out the road we should travel. Where do they point? To the Fountain of Light. — Discourses of Brigham Young, 127