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 right margin.
For the Doctrine and Covenants, the main body of the text includes the 1981 version of the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price. The Lectures on Faith are also included. Changes from the 1833 Book of Commandments and original manuscripts are noted in the right margin. About two dozen significant documents pulled from the History of the Church and the Joseph Smith Papers Project that shed light on the true history of the church have been added for easy reference.
For the Bible, 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 right margin.
PDF versions are available for free. Printed versions are available at cost from Lulu. Prices range from $13 – $17 per book depending on the number of pages.
November 2020 Update: I will be releasing an updated version of the Doctrine and Covenants before the end of 2020, so you might want to hold off ordering a printed copy for a few weeks.
Not everyone loveth 400 year old English, and perhaps seeketh something more familiar. In these versions, I have carefully modernized the English by replacing -eth verb endings with modern -s verb endings. Where there were archaic spellings I modernized the spelling. The important thing is the root words were not changed, just the spellings modernized (for example, holpen is the archaic version of helped, different spellings but 100% the same word). Where there isn’t a direct modern equivalent (for example, thither), the old word remains. I have created comparison versions that show every change with the original word in green and the modernized word in red, so you can easily evaluate the changes.