Between conference talks, scriptures, and other Church resources, there’s lots of material we have the opportunity to study as Latter-day Saints. It’s a blessing to have so much available for us to learn and grow from—but sometimes it can be hard to know just where to start.
So if you’ve ever wanted to read books that would add to your gospel knowledge but aren’t sure where to begin, here’s a list of 14 classics that will get you going. We hope they uplift and edify you on your gospel journey.
Know of any other classic Latter-day Saint books that you’d like to recommend? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see our previous version of this list, click here.
Published more than eight decades ago and translated into many languages, Jesus the Christ has truly become a classic volume in Latter-day Saint literature.
"We no longer have the luxury of spending our energy on anything that doesn't lead us and our families to Christ," writes Sister Dew. "In the days ahead, a casual commitment to Christ will not carry us through. The time has come for each of us to stand tall, and then, in doing so, to stand together."
So teaches Elder M. Russell Ballard, who has long been a champion of the divinely inspired council system. The insights and ideas in Counseling with Our Councils are an invaluable resource for Church leaders, parents, and anyone who wishes to minister more effectively with others in the Church or in the family.
Originally published in 1971, The Coming of the Lord, by Gerald N. Lund, became an instant bestseller and has remained continuously in print for nearly 50 years. Now this trusted resource has been fully updated and rewritten to reflect the latest prophetic teachings and a growing sense of urgency as the Lord hastens His work. Though the title this book carries is The Second Coming of the Lord, it is much more than a book that focuses only on the actual return of Jesus Christ. It is an examination of the prophecies about the Second Coming and the events leading up to it.”
With unprecedented access to Joseph Smith texts, including many never before published, this landmark project provides new information and insights about Joseph Smith, early Church history, and 19th-century American religion. The documents, topically arranged into several series, include journals, correspondence, sermons, revelations, translations, histories, minutes, and legal and business records.
Our Search for Happiness: An Invitation to Understand The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
You can feel confident in giving this book to nonmember—or less active—friends and family.
She writes of three levels from which the story of Eden must be viewed: as historical fact, as a series of symbols and metaphors, and as a place for a beginning our own search for spiritual understanding and relevance in life. This compelling book may change forever your perception of our first parents and the choice they made.
Fine illustrations enhance a motivational text filled with valuable concepts for the Latter-day Saint. The endowment with its sacred covenants and its elevating symbolic instruction, the sealing ordinance, and the other temple ceremonies are discussed sensitively and authoritatively. Written direct to the reader, this is an outstanding book on a subject crucial to every child of God.
Sister Okazaki’s fresh perspectives and delightful personality have helped Saints worldwide to brighten dark moments and lighten their burdens by seeking the Savior. Lighten Up! captures the vivid experiences of this Buddhist convert, shared with enthusiasm, zest, and a glowing trust in the Lord.