Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pearl Of Great Price” as Want to Read:
Pearl Of Great Price
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pearl Of Great Price

4.69 of 5 stars 4.69  ·  rating details  ·  4,255 ratings  ·  98 reviews
A selection from the revelations, translations and narrations of the author, who is considered the first prophet, seer and revelator to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Within are sections dealing with the Book of Moses; the Book of Abraham; writings of Joseph Smith; the Articles of Faith; and a list of commonly used abbreviations.
Paperback
Published January 1st 2003 by Kessinger Publishing (first published January 1st 1979)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pearl Of Great Price, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pearl Of Great Price

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jams
Of course I have read bits and pieces of "The Pearl of Great Price" before. But I have never taken the time to read it cover to cover. I am enjoying the process more than I can say. This book is full of beautiful history and instruction.

Richard
If you view this as revelation from God, Inspired fiction, or flat out fantesy, it is undoubtedly an amazing collections of writings with various styles, approaches, and doctrines. Viewed for what it is, it's great.
John
A pack of lies written by a frontier charlatan named Peepstone Joe. But fascinating because it's a chance to actually study a religious fiction from recent history.
Patrik
The Pearl of Great Price was a quick read. After having just recently finished reading the Book of Mormon I was a bit surprised that it didn't contain much if any of the more interesting of the Mormon doctrine that I think separates Mormonism from Biblical Christianity. So I decided to continue my study of Mormonism by reading more Mormon writings. I decided my next read would be the Pearl of Great Price. And in this selection of writings by Joseph Smith there began to surface some of those more ...more
Randon
Jun 11, 2012 Randon rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that wish to be fleeced
Shelves: mormonism
I should really give this book Five Stars as it was amazing in that it proved without a doubt that Joseph Smith was not a real prophet and simply a product of his time. Comparing the Facsimiles in The Book of Abraham to undamaged Egyptian Books of Breathing prove that Smith simply created a story to fit the pictures he saw. No matter how hard Mormon apologists try to explain it as simply symbolic- it clearly is a fraud. The papyrus the Facsimiles were taken from date to A.D. 60 so it is highly s ...more
Amy Sanders
The Pearl of Great Price?
Please...
The original document was an Egyptian papyri on how they buried their dead. It had nothing to do with the Book of Abraham. A complete embarrassment to the Mormon Church that had believed black people were cursed. Retracted after they found the original Papyri. The fact that they keep the book…well that speaks volumes.
Bri Malan
Good history of Joseph Smith. I love learning about someone's path to God. This is a great book.
Steve
I no longer believe this book to be what it claims to be.
Courtney
Sep 15, 2008 Courtney rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Courtney by: The Mormon Church
The Pearl of Great Price is, I think the most interesting and enlightening piece of Mormon Literature that is included in the "Mormon Scriptures". Forget the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine & Covenance. The Pearl of Great Price is where it's at. My favorite part is the Book of Abraham.

This zany book was dictated by Joseph Smith (in the usual fashion -- ie. by nearly esphixiating himself in a top hat full of "seer stones" and thus inducing hallucinations). He wrote this piece when someone cam
...more
Tym
I was raised in a very strongly "faithful" Mormon family and was taught that this was divine scripture all of my life. I eventually figured out I had to find out what I myself believe in and Mormonism isn't for me. So I might have some bias when re-reading this book. There are some pretty awesome sc-fi/fantasy concepts in this particular book that I would love to see used in a novel(s).

The styles are different enough for each section that what Joseph Smith claims about the book (him translating
...more
Mark
These two books are clearly fraudulent. The Book of Abraham, supposedly translated from an Egyptian papyrus, contains nothing related to the papyrus, which is still extant and has been translated, correctly, a number of times. The Book of Moses is Joseph Smiths attempt to improve upon the first books of the Old Testament, which he claimed he was correcting by direct revelation from God.
Brandon Osborn
The PoGP has been documented as an utter fraud - originalso of the scroll pieces were found in Chicago and have been reviewed by Egyptologists from Harvard and other places - the Papyri which the "Book of Abraham" was translated from is actually a permit to breathe for Horace - which is a very common death scroll. Joseph Smith had no idea what he was doing, and faked every bit of it.
Travis
A very interesting book with an interesting history. I've found several of the stories very helpful. Not sure if I'll read it every year for the rest of my life, but since it is scriptural canon I'll give it 5 starts just to prevent a Hans-esque controversy. Hahahaha
April
My brain can only consume so much at a time; it requires a lot of mental energy to contemplate such all encompassing concepts. I have a testimony that it is the word of God. It's a wonderful book.
Karey White
Loved it. So excited to have read the entire Standard Works in 13 months. And I absolutely loved the last part of Joseph Smith History, where Oliver Cowdery writes. His writing is so beautiful.
Matt Haynes
Having read the previous comments I think they summed it up perfectly. Vastly entertaining, incredibly racist, unimaginable that it still exists today, lol.
Sheila
This book must be read with "By His Own Hand Upon Papyrus" in your other hand....it compares each phrase with the real translation.
Banana
Mar 08, 2009 Banana marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
All LDS kids need to read this. It's real short too, you can read it in about a day. I'm planning on reading it soon.
Amr
Jun 20, 2008 Amr rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: fiction
This the worst pile bull hucky ever pawned off on the human race. A complete forgery of a worthless book.
Lars
It is short. Laying aside its controversial origin, it contains some simple and profound ideas.
Mistyblue
A spiritual up-lifter. I enjoy revisiting the truths contained herein.
Janet
I know it is true, and written by a prophet of God.
Architeacher
Fraud, pure and simple.
Von Sowards
I remember going through the Pear of Great Price in seminary and thinking it was full of those amazing deep doctrines you don't usually talk about. Then I got on my mission and met any people (missionary, Latter-day Saint, and other Christians alike) who got WAY too caught up with the deep doctrines. It would make me frustrated that people were so focused on the deep doctrines the would forget the basic, beautiful principals of the gospel: faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, repentance, baptism and ...more
Juergen John Roscher
I believe the Pearl of Great Price of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be the Word of God along with the Holy Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine & Covenants. For that reason, I strive to read each of the four books as often as I can with a hope to learn, understand and embody the teachings and principles so beautiful described in these books.

The Pearl of Great Price contains several different unrelated books that teach principles and doctrines of the Church of Jesus Chris
...more
David S. T.
Over the next few years, I sort of have a goal to read many of the major religious texts. Last night I couldn't sleep and read this one on my phone. Honestly of the religions I'm at least somewhat aware of, I think that Mormonism (along with Scientology), would be the ones I'd have the most trouble accepting. I say that because I approach this book as someone who doesn't accept Joseph Smith as a prophet and that has obviously biased my view. Anyways the bulk of this work contains the Book of Mos ...more
David
Holy Moly
Samuel
At 61 pages in length, this volume of scripture truly is a Pearl of Great Price. It may be significantly the shortest of the Mormon Canon (the Doctrine & Covenants is 294 pages, the Book of Mormon is 531 pages, and the King James Version of the Bible is 1590 pages--the Old Testament has 1184 pages and the New Testament has 406 pages), but the Pearl of Great Price has the most interesting and compelling content in its few pages. For example, the Lord reveals this pearl of wisdom through the p ...more
Kate
Part of my belief in God and in His plan for His children includes my belief that God’s words are to be treasured. Because of that belief, I have adopted a plan of daily Scripture study. I enjoy reading these ‘letters from Home’ as it were, and no matter how many times I finish a book of Scripture, I always find new things or gentle reminders of what I need to be doing in my life. I finished ‘The Pearl of Great Price’ in February. This book ‘fleshes out’ some of the experiences of Abraham and Mo ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Is the Book of Abraham a FAKE? 5 62 Feb 11, 2013 11:10AM  
Was the "Book of Abraham" fabricated by Joseph Smith? 2 20 Dec 26, 2011 06:01PM  
  • Gospel Principles
  • Articles of Faith (Missionary Reference Library)
  • Truth Restored
  • Mormon Doctrine
  • Our Search for Happiness
  • Joseph Smith the Prophet
3009967
Joseph Smith, Jr. was the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, also known as Mormonism, and an important religious and political figure during the 1830s and 1840s. In 1827, Smith began to gather a religious following after announcing that an angel had shown him a set of golden plates describing a visit of Jesus to the indigenous peoples of the Americas. In 1830, Smith published what he said w ...more
More about Joseph Smith Jr....
The Book of Mormon The Doctrine and Covenants of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Lectures on Faith Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith The LDS Scriptures: Unabridged Complete King James Version Holy Bible /The Book of Mormon / Doctrine and Covenants / The Pearl of Great Price

Share This Book

“We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent and in doing good to all men; indeed we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” 8 likes
More quotes…