The faith of Latter-day Saints around the world rests on the foundation of modern scripture revealed through Joseph Smith. As a divinely appointed prophet, seer, revelator, and translator, Joseph introduced new volumes of scripture that stand alongside the Bible as witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Early Latter-day Saints, including Joseph Smith, found spiritual strength in the outpouring of revelation and did their best to follow the instructions and commandments they had received. The revelations shaped the way they worshipped God and laid a foundation for future generations of Latter-day Saints.
Though the Book of Mormon was first published in English, the message of the restored gospel was intended for “every nation, kindred, tongue, and people” (Alma 37:4). Beginning with the Danish edition in 1851, this volume of scripture has been translated into more than 80 languages. It remains at the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, alongside the Bible.
Many of the items in this exhibit can be viewed digitally in their entirety at josephsmithpapers.org or in the online Church History Catalog. These online resources provide access to many other treasured items documenting the history of the Church.
Visit in Person
If you would like to see the Foundations of Faith" exhibit in person, visit the Church History Library website for hours, directions, and other information to help you plan your visit.