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“The ONLY way to obtain truth and wisdom, is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer and obtain divine teaching.”

Joseph Smith, The Joseph Smith Papers Documents – Volume 8: February-November 1841 (Salt Lake City, UT: The Church Historian’s Press, 13 May 2019), 288.

The text is from the Times and Seasons – Volume 2 (Nauvoo, Illinois, Times and Seasons, 3 October 1841), no. 24, 577. Elias Smith and Gustavus Hills were the clerks.

“The BEST way to obtain truth and wisdom is not to ask it from books, but to go to God in prayer, and obtain divine teaching.”

Joseph Smith, History of Joseph Smith and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Volume 4 (Salt Lake City, UT: Vogel Edition, 2015), 420n75.

Note: The word “only” was changed to “best.”