For many years, one of the best books available for the study and reference work of Church people was a volume entitled, A Compendium of Faith and Doctrine. Beginning originally as a small book, it was revised and reprinted many times, proving its value and popularity in the demand that was steadily maintained for it.

We present the new Compendium of the Scriptures in the belief that it will serve the needs of the Church even better than previous publications have. This book contains the faith and doctrine of the Church expressed in the language of the Scriptures—the "Three Books"—the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants. It also contains valuable historical notes from ancient sources not generally available. It should be a valuable study and reference work for missionaries, pastors and the local ministry, Church school teachers and students.