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Pearl of Great Price

Pearl of Great Price (PGP) is a collection of scriptures of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The PGP includes: the Book of Abraham[?], a book dealing with Abraham's journeyings in Egypt, containing many distinctive Mormon doctrines such as eternal progression; the Book of Moses[?], which comes from the Joseph Smith Translation[?] of the Bible; the Joseph Smith-History[?], a history of the early Mormon church by Joseph Smith; Joseph Smith-Matthew[?], a translation of a portion of the Gospel of Matthew by Joseph Smith; and the Articles of Faith, a brief summary of the major doctrines of the Mormon faith written by Joseph Smith for a newspaper.

Considerable controversy surrounds the Book of Abraham, and the Papyri that some claim it was supposed to have been translated from. Others dispute that such papyri has been found, or that Joseph used direct revelation from God, rather than any other source write it.

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To read the text, go to http://scriptures.lds.org/pgp/contents.

The Pearl of Great Price also refers to a parable told by Jesus Christ. A man discovered that a certain field had an extremely valuable pearl in it. He then sold all that he had to raise money to purchase the field, so that he could obtain the pearl, with the final result that he was wealthier than before. The pearl is traditionally understood to be a metaphor for the Kingdom of Heaven. You can find this parable in the Bible, in chapter 13 of Matthew.

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