This was originally a private effort to create a set of scriptures for my personal use. After others asked for copies, I decided to share it with everyone.
The goal is to make the scriptures easier to use. These versions have been reformatted with wider margins so there is room for notes, paragraphs instead of verses so the text flows better, and visually suppressed verse and chapter numbering so the reference marks don’t interfere with the message.
For the Book of Mormon, the text of the 1981 edition is in the main body and has not been changed. Where there have been textual changes from earlier editions and manuscripts, it is indicated by notes in the margins.
For the Doctrine and Covenants, the main body of the text includes the 1981 version of the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, as well as changes from the 1833 Book of Commandments. Where there have been textual changes from manuscripts, it is indicated by notes in the margins.
For the New Testament, the main body of the text uses the Joseph Smith Translation (also known as the Inspired Version). Significant differences from the King James Version are noted, with KJV text in the margin.
You can download a PDF of the current versions of the scriptures here:
Printed copies can be obtained from Lulu Press. These use the PDFs above and are printed on 8.5″x11″ paper, spiral bound, with black cardstock covers. They lay flat when open, making it easy to study and take notes.
The Book of Mormon is $18 and the Doctrine and Covenants is $14. Shipping is extra. This is not a money-making venture for me. You’re free to take the PDF to any printer you like – this is the best value I have found so far.
If you have examples of better page layout, other documents from church history that could be added, different ways of grouping verses, or other suggested changes, please share them. You can email me directly at md followed by @measuringdoctrine.org
I expect to have the Old Testament complete by the end of 2019.
Sadly, mistakes happen. I will update this list as mistakes are found so you can update your printed versions.
December 2018 version
- Correction: August 1835 Article on Marriage source reference changed to HC 2:246–247
- Correction: Section 3 source reference changed to 1835:30
- Correction: Section 32 source reference changed to 1835:54
- Correction: Section 51 source reference changed to 1835:23
- Correction: Page 110, 23 High Priests at Morley Farm, name corrected to Ezra Thayre.
- Correction: D&C 107:55 verse number is now superscript
- Correction: D&C 39 and D&C 40 Covill changed to Covel