Journal of Discourses
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The Journal of Discourses is not an official publication of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is a compilation of sermons and other materials from the early years of the Church, which were transcribed and then published. It included some doctrinal instruction but also practical teaching, some of which is speculative in nature and some of which is only of historical interest.
The content of the Journal of Discourses was transcribed, sometimes inaccurately, and published between 1854 and 1886 in England. The compilation contains some statements of doctrine as well as other materials of interest to Latter-day Saints who lived far from the center of the Church, including speeches given for a variety of occasions, funeral addresses, reports from returning missionaries, prayers, and the proceedings of a trial.
The Journal of Discourses includes interesting and insightful teachings by early Church leaders. However, by itself it is not an authoritative source of Church doctrine.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Watt, G. D., "Journal of Discourses" (2015). WordCruncher. 15.
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