The Apocrypha has just been added to the Scripture Notes library for you to access. If you are unfamiliar with what this is, the Apocrypha is a collection of ancient texts that appeared in many versions of the Bible, placed between the Old and New Testaments. Depending on the religious background of an individual they may consider them scripture or not.
The Apocrypha was in the Bible Joseph Smith had while he was doing his inspired translation of the Bible and he asked the Lord if he should go through the Apocrypha as well. The answer he was given can be found in Doctrine and Covenants 91 as follows (markings mine):
1. Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;
2. There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.
3. Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.
4. Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;
5. And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;
6. And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.
As with all scripture study, we should pray beforehand and during our study to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit.
If we are enlightened, we will benefit from reading the Apocrypha. It is an excellent exercise in obtaining revelation and learning to discern what “tastes good” and is of God, versus what is not.
The Apocrypha includes 14 books.
To add the Apocrypha to your library, open a library pane and click manage.
Then check the box for the Apocrypha (or deselect any content you don’t want) and click save.
One thing you may enjoy doing first, particularly if you are a fan of the research Michael Rush has done on the Ezra’s Eagle prophesy in 2 Esdras 11 and 12 (amazing stuff which I believe is a true prophesy of the United States in these last days), is go to chapter 11 and open the chapter resources and listen to Michael’s commentary while you follow along and take notes.
When you open a video or audio resource, I recommend you drag it to the far left position on your screen so you don’t have it interfere with other panes you might open, and because we presently have a bug that we are fixing that if you close a pane to the left of a media player it can reset the counter to the zero position. It’s being worked on. :)
Now that we have this ability to add new content, I will be adding a lot more to the app in the coming weeks. More apocryphal works, political freedom documents, and more. You will also have additional controls over how these books appear in your library and better control over search filters so you can do searches in just the scriptures or certain collections of books.
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