While working on the revision of the Holy Scriptures, Joseph Smith, Jr., came to the books of the Apocrypha. He inquired of the Lord whether these should be included in the revision and was given the following instruction. The revelation was received March 9, 1833, at Kirtland, Ohio.
1a Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you, concerning the Apocrypha,
1b There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; there are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.
1c Verily I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.
1d Therefore, whoso readeth it let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth; and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, can not be benefited; therefore, it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.