"The book that concerns us was purposely called "The Pearl of Great Price." That term being both in scripture and apocrypha the designation of a treasure that is both hidden and inexhaustible. Being hidden, it must be searched out and dug up--brought out of the depths by the strenuous and determined efforts of whoever would possess it. Being inexhaustibly vast, it can never cease to be a source of new wonders to the inquiring mind.
In the past this treasure has been treated more or less like a convenient bit of pocket money, a ready fund of occasional texts to be
dipped into for self-serving commentaries. That is not the purpose of the scriptures, which is to tell us what we do not know and often do not
want to know.
The Pearl of Great Price is unique among scriptures in that
its message is available only to that extent to which God's children choose to
make it so, but at the same time it is capable of conveying knowledge of
undreamed scope and significance."
(Hugh Nibley, "New Look at the Pearl of Great Price," (Improvement Era, May 1970,