Why do we have certain Scriptures?By: Guy Templeton
How many of you have ever studied the Book of Philemon in the New Testament? According to the LDS Bible Dictionary,
This epistle is a private letter about Onesimus, a slave who had robbed his master, Philemon, and run away to Rome. Paul sent him back to his master at Colosse in company with Tychicus the bearer of the epistle to the Colossians. Pauls asks that Onesimus be forgiven and received back as a fellow Christian.
It makes me question why early church leaders included this private letter in the Bible. Why do you think they did?
It also brings to mind D&C 14 and 15. These 2 revelations are identical word for word, except one was a mission call to Peter Whitmer, and the other was John Whitmer. We’ve never studied these 2 sections in any Gospel Doctrine class that I remember. Is my mission call scripture? Why do you think these 2 revelations in particular are canonized?