Author: Lynn A. Rosenvall, David L. Rosenvall
The Prophet Joseph Smith declared a person would get nearer to God by abiding by the precepts of the Book of Mormon than by any other book. While considering ways of making the precepts of this divine book more readily available to the reader, a distinguishing format was devised to isolate the doctrinal precepts and at the same time render this rather complex volume of scripture more comprehensible for reading and pondering. Not one word, letter or even a punctuation mark of the actual text has been deleted or altered in the process. Only the formatting has been enhanced by adding wider margins for notes, two type sizes, and spaces between textual subdivisions. These contextual enhancements are designed to help the reader more readily visualize the context, speaker and doctrine of the Book of Mormon narrative.
This edition of the Book of Mormon divides the text into 214 events or episodes. An event-based approach provides an alternate way to read the scripture text without the obvious intrusion of verse and chapter breaks which can obscure the narrative as it was originally written or even the continuity of doctrinal discourses. Short text headings in the margins indicate names of speakers, chronological dates, locational information and other scriptural references. These marginal annotations allow the reader to quickly and consistently place the Book of Mormon historical narrative within space and time.
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This is the only version of the Book of Mormon that I use now. I love how it is organized. The stories are not interrupted by chapter headings. Knowing who is speaking and where events are occurring enhances my study. I highly recommend this book!
I was a little taken aback on the format of the book. Took me awhile to figure out where the chapters started and finished. Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see how it helps the studying of the scriptures!
I was looking for a new way to read the Book of Mormon after accepting our ward and Stake's many challenges to read it continuously, and this is the answer! This edition uses the 2013 edition of the Book of Mormon and is presented as a chapter book, identifying the speakers, places and time on every page, making it easy to visualize and keep track of the progress of events. I found it hard to put down and often read 3 or 4 chapters at a time, whereas in the scriptural format, I used to read one chapter. It's also a great way for children to read the Book of Mormon as the format is familiar. I hope the Rosenvalls do this with the other standard works!
This book will be a favorite Christmas present for each of my family members this year
I think this will be a great addition to our library. Just, don't forget to read The Book of Mormon daily.
This new layout and formatting of the Book of Mormon is great! It makes it much easier to understand who is speaking, where and when it is taking place, and what is the main event happening at that time. It's just a great way to study this important book of scripture! I'm excited to give a copy to my children for Christmas.
I am so excited to study the Book of Mormon using this new book. I love the way it is laid out.