“The Book Hath Gone Forth Through the Hands of the Great and Abominable Church”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

As early as 1820 young Joseph Smith recognized that salvation was not to be found within the covers of the Bible alone; confusion and uncertainty were the obvious results of unillumined minds and undirected study, even when the object of that study was the Holy Bible. Seeking for both personal fulfillment and the one system of religious practice which would lead that back to the divine presence, Joseph Smith discovered that not all of the answers were to be found within the Bible.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1