I scrolled through Formspring to find a simple question I could answer in 5 minutes or less:
Do LDS read the deuterocanonical books? (AKA the Apocrypha) Why or why not?
Some of you may not know that during his time as prophet Joseph Smith actually worked on translating the Old Testament to restore some of the truth we believe was lost over the thousands of years that the books were written out by hand and passed from one person to another. The verses he was able to finish before he was killed are known as the Joseph Smith Translation.
During this process he asked the Lord about the Apocrypha and received this revelation in return:
Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning theaApocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;
2There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are ainterpolations by the hands of men.
3Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be atranslated.
4Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him aunderstand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;
5And whoso is enlightened by the aSpirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;
So we don’t study it churchwide, it’s not part of our lesson manuals, and a lot of members probably have never looked at it. I haven’t yet, as I would like to reach a point in my personal understanding of the Gospel where I feel like I could communicate with the Spirit and effectively understand God’s intended message.
For more information on the LDS view of the Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha see here.