The following comments were published by Parley Pratt, Apostle and Editor of the Millennial Star, in the 1842 issue of the LDS periodical, as a preface to the publication of the Book of Abraham. Elder Pratt's comments provides some of the history of the finding of the papyri and mummies that the Church purchased in 1835.
"I want to say to you, read the book, the Pearl of Great Price, and read the Book of Abraham. The Pearl of Great Price I hold to be one of the most intelligent, one of the most religious books that the world has ever had; but more than that, to me the Pearl of Great Price is true in its name. It contains an ideal of life that is higher and grander and more glorious than I think is found in the pages of any other book unless it be the Holy Bible. It behooves us to read these things, understand them: and I thank God when they are attacked, because it brings to me, after a study and thought, back to the fact that what God has given He has given, and He has nothing to retract." - Levi Edgar Young, Conference Report (April 1913), 74