The following links lead to gospel study resources and other information that can provide insights to doctrinal, historical, and social questions. Some of the websites below are maintained by third parties, so not all content on these third-party sites is endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Note: Single-starred websites (*) are those maintained by a third party that is affiliated with the Church. By linking to this content The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse the content of these sites. Double-starred websites (**) are maintained by a third party that is unaffiliated with the Church. By linking to this content The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse the content of these sites.
Book of Mormon Central**: Information that was created to explain, engage, inspire, and encourage greater knowledge and appreciation of every aspect of the Book of Mormon.
Church History Library: Online access to a variety of materials and collections such as journals, old photos, and databases.
Church History Resources: Links to various Church history resources.
Encyclopedia of Mormonism*: Online access to the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.
FairMormon**: Well-reasoned and faithful responses to doctrinal, historical, and social questions.
I Was a Stranger: Information on how to become involved with helping refugees.
Joseph Smith Papers: Manuscripts and documents associated with the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith’s Polygamy**: Information about Joseph Smith’s plural marriage practices and teachings.
Mormon and Gay: An official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on same-sex attraction. It is organized into three primary sections: Stories, Beliefs, and Understanding.
Mormon Newsroom Topics and Background: Latest statements on Church doctrines, beliefs, and policies.
Mormon Scholars Testify**: Messages of faith from scholars who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Mormon.org: Information about the Church (its people, values, and beliefs) for those who are not members of the Church.
Preventing Suicide: Information and resources for those who struggle with thoughts of suicide, those who know someone who does, and those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
Religious Freedom: Information about religious freedom and what you can do to protect it.
Revelations in Context: Historical context and insights for the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants.
Studies in Mormon History*: Citation information for numerous articles, books, theses, and dissertations on LDS history and culture. Includes some abstracts and links to full text.
The Interpreter Foundation**: Nonprofit, independent, educational organization that focuses on the scriptures of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They publish a peer-reviewed journal, Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture.
In the early 1830s, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was less than three years old, the Lord invited members of the Church to seek wisdom by study and by the exercise of faith:
“And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” (D&C 88:118).
This is more than a simple exhortation to learn about the gospel. It is an invitation from the Lord to recognize that not all sources of knowledge are equally reliable. Seeking “out of the best books” does not mean seeking only one set of opinions, but it does require us to distinguish between reliable sources and unreliable sources.
Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.
The Church places great emphasis on knowledge and on the importance of being well informed about Church history, doctrine, and practices. Ongoing historical research, revisions of the Church’s curriculum, and the use of new technologies allowing a more systematic and thorough study of scriptures have all been pursued by the Church to that end. We again encourage members to study the Gospel Topics essays cited in the links below as they “seek learning, even by study and also by faith.”