With a unique lay-flat binding every page stays open without using your hands or weights.
“This formatted edition provides a superior way to understand the settings and context of the Book of Mormon text.”
Dr. R. Kent Crookston Professor and Dean (emeritus) Brigham Young University
“I highly recommend to all readers of the Book of Mormon, this innovative approach to studying the doctrines of Jesus Christ.”
Dr. John P. Livingstone Church History and Doctrine Religious Education (emeritus) Brigham Young University
Why did you publish “A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon”?
Over a decade in the making, “A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon” has been our labor of love.
Starting in the 1980s when we developed and helped the Church publish the first searchable online edition of the scriptures, we realized the added power of the Book of Mormon when viewed from different perspectives.
The writers of the Book of Mormon were real people living real lives just like us.
Their lives didn’t consist of chapters and verses but were made up of experiences.
Upon realizing this perspective, we started the quest to arrange the text into events that the people experienced as well as identifying clearly who is speaking and where they were when they spoke.
We echo the declaration of the Prophet Joseph Smith when he stated “a man would get nearer to God by abiding by the precepts” of the Book of Mormon “then by any other book.”
We solemnly testify as you engage in a life-long study of this sacred book you will come to personally know your Savior Jesus Christ and learn profound spiritual insights embedded in this true account of the Book of Mormon people.
We accept quite literally the vision of President Ezra Taft Benson to “flood the earth with the Book of Mormon” and to accept the book as “the keystone of our religion.”
Has the Church approved the publishing of this book?
Yes. And we express our gratitude to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing the rare permission to publish the full text of the 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon.
This volume, “A New Approach to Studying The Book of Mormon,” is not endorsed nor distributed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Is it “ok” to change the format of the Book of Mormon? I’ve never heard of someone doing this.
Yes. First and foremost, no content has been changed or rearranged from the current 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon as published by the Church.
The original manuscript prepared by the Prophet Joseph Smith as he received it through the gift and power of God did not contain any major formatting (chapters, verses, etc).
In the first edition, published in 1830, the pressmen in Egbert B. Grandin’s print shop added minimal formatting according to their own abilities and the printing standards of the day.
Over the years the original formatting has been modified by the Church.
The restructuring of the Book of Mormon format into events or episodes allows the reader to experience the Book of Mormon from a new perspective which is designed to help the reader develop new insights, perhaps missed in the traditional format.
Is this book another commentary filled with the author’s opinions on the Book of Mormon?
No. There are no commentaries in “A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon.”
The book contains the full text of the 2013 edition and is reformatted to include events, speakers, dates and locational information.
Although there are many commentaries on the Book of Mormon, we feel the text should speak for itself.
As stated by the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon is “the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.”
Why should I read “A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon”?
Relatable to My Life – By reformatting the text into logical events or episodes, the reader’s mind can now relate to each story, including the meaning, message and doctrinal focus.
No longer does the reader think of the Book of Mormon as simply chapters and verses of content, but rather as real experiences that happened to real people who were faced with the challenges of life.
Teaching My Children – Many find it helpful for each family member to have their own copy of the formatted Book of Mormon so they can follow along and easily identify who is speaking in each verse as well as their location (temple, city, hill, etc).
For some, scripture study has taken on a whole new dimension as each family member reads the part of a different person in an event.
For example, if you had five people in your family, dad could be Lehi and read his part, mom could be Sariah, child one could be Laman, child two could be Lemuel and child three could be Nephi.
When children and adults study the Book of Mormon by event, the content is more easily recalled and most importantly the doctrine and principles are more readily internalized.
Missionary Preparation – Nothing prepares a missionary to testify of the Savior Jesus Christ, and the Prophet Joseph Smith, better than a full knowledge, understanding and testimony of the Book of Mormon.
Studying the book by event solidifies the reality of the experiences shared in the Book of Mormon and therefore creates a stronger connection to the speakers, doctrines and gospel principles.
Why is the selling price so low compared to other printed books of this size?
Because of its large size (over 700 pages) and the unique benefits of the formatting, many retailers expected to sell the book for at least $30.
The book however, was not created to generate a profit for us, but to assist in "flooding the earth" with the message of the Book of Mormon.
We searched for a printer who could deliver the book at a low price thus making it available to as many people as possible.
At length, we found a printer who was able to produce the book so it could be sold for $14.99 which merely covers the costs of production and distribution.
About the Authors
Starting in the 1980s—as a father and son team—we developed and helped the Church publish the first online edition of the scriptures. Parallel to that project we considered ways to isolate the doctrinal precepts by reformatting the scriptures for easier reading and pondering. We also investigated ways to go beyond merely searching electronically for words in the text. We quickly discovered this reformatted edition—emphasizing events rather than chapters—was our preferred way to study.
More than a decade in the making, “A New Approach to Studying the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ” has been our labor of love. We are ever mindful of the long line of record keepers from Ether to Nephi to Mormon to Joseph Smith who have made this edition possible. We express appreciation to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for providing a license to publish the text of the 2013 edition of the scriptures.
We add our testimony to the millions before us that the Book of Mormon is a true account of the Nephite, Lamanite and Jaredite people, and its translation came by the gift and power of God. We also testify the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and contains the gospel doctrines of salvation that lead to joy and happiness.
Lynn A. Rosenvall
David L. Rosenvall
The Olive Leaf Foundation
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