"There is nothing that qualifies a man so much for preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ as to study the revelations that the Lord has seen fit to give us in our day."
This October 1925 general conference statement by President Heber J. Grant emphasizes the importance of the scriptures. Two significant reasons for studying the scriptures are:
- They contain the plan that will lead every individual back into the presence of God. "The whole intent of the scriptures," explained Elder Richard L. Evans of the Council of Twelve, "is one of establishing our relationship with God, our Father, and with His Son, our Savior, and with the eternal plans and purposes for each and all of us, and our relationships to life - and to one another also." (1959 October conference.)
- They are received by inspiration. (2 Peter 1:21; D&C 68:2-4.) They provide a challenge by which that same spirit of inspiration may be communicated directly to individuals today.
The Lord declared: "These words are not of men nor of man, but of me . . . For it is my voice which speaketh them unto you . . . ." (D&C 18:34.)
In a March 10, 1985, satellite broadcast on the scriptures, President Gordon B. Hinckley of the first Presidency said, "I love these wonderful volumes, which set forth the word of the Lord - given personally or through prophets - for the guidance of our Father's sons and daughters. I love to read the scriptures, and I try to do so consistently and repeatedly. . . .
"[The] reading of the scriptures is not the pursuit of scholarship. Rather, it is a love affair with the word of the Lord and that of His prophets."