New 1908 Edition

For the past year a small group of Restoration Saints has been working on the "Three in One Project" to produce the Inspired Version of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and the Doctrine and Covenants in book and electronic formats.

The Book of Mormon has been the first objective of the Scripture Committee. We discovered a variety of editions and printings of the "1908 Edition" presently in use by the Saints. Some have flaws which have existed throughout the printing history of the Book of Mormon, and some printings introduced new problems.

We want to produce Scriptures that are as correct as possible. Therefore, we offer a New 1908 Edition with limited editorial corrections—which include spelling, capitalization, grammar, and punctuation. It has been compared with the Original Manuscript, the Printer’s Manuscript, the 1830 First Edition, and subsequent editions published by the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

This book preserves the record and the doctrine of the familiar 1908 Edition but eliminates many of the flaws of earlier printings. Therefore, it will not exactly match any printed book.

We invite your assistance to read, review, and respond by telling us of any problems you encounter in the text and any suggestions you care to make. We want to catch any problems before publishing in book form.

Please respond to, giving your name and your choice of the following:
First Book of Nephi
Second Book of Nephi
Books of Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Words of Mormon
Book of Mosiah
Book of Alma Chapters 1-12
Book of Alma Chapters 13-20
Book of Alma Chapters 21-30
Book of Helaman
Third Book of Nephi
Fourth Book of Nephi
Book of Mormon
Book of Ether
Book of Moroni
(Or if you want a surprise, say so!)

The book will be e-mailed to you in Rich Text Format so you can put it into your word processor and print it or read on-screen. Some instructions will be included with the text. We would like your response within 2 weeks of receiving the text.

Thank you for your assistance.
Paul V. Ludy and fellow Scripture Committee members
August, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Samples of Corrections Needed to Produce Correct Book of Mormon Text

These are not the only items which need consideration and correction. But they should serve to help us understand that there is a need to make the text as correct as possible.

Do not let problems in the Scriptures tear down your faith in God. Remember the writing of Moroni: "If there are faults, they are the mistakes of men; wherefore, condemn not the things of God" (Preface or title page of the Book of Mormon) and "If there be faults, they be faults of a man" (Mormon 4:21).

2 Nephi 6:44 Oh how great the holiness of our God! For he knoweth all things, and there is not anything save he knows it. [This is the only Oh in the Book of Mormon—all others are O; it was O in 1830, etc., and changed in the 1908 edition.]

Mosiah 5:13 And now, I desire to know the cause whereby ye were so bold as to come near the walls of the city, when I, myself, was with my guards, without the gate? [All editions show this as a question; but it is not a question.]

Mosiah 11:193 My soul was wrecked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more. [It shows this way in P manuscript and all printed editions; compare to racked in Alma 17:10, 14, 15.]

Alma 1:16 And it came to pass that he stood before Alma, and plead for himself with much boldness. [It is this way in all printed editions; but the P manuscript shows pled. Plead is not past tense.]

Alma 2:20 Now this was a great cause for lamantations among the people, while others were abasing themselves, succoring those who stood in need of their succor, such as imparting their substance to the poor and the needy; [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing.]

Alma 3:106 And he commendeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed. [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing.]

Alma 5:4 And behold, I have come, having great hopes and much desire that I should find that ye had humbled yourselves before God, and that ye had continued in the supplicating of his grace, that I should find that ye were blameness before him; [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing.]

Alma 12:33 And the king inquired of Ammon if it were his desire to dwell in the land among the Lamanites, or among his people? [All editions show this as a question; but it is not a question.]

Alma 21:47 And he said, Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ, shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own trangressions. [This is a typo in the 1953 and 1992 printings.]

Alma 21:144 But as I have said in the latter end of the nineteenth; yea, notwithstanding their peace amongst themselves, they were compelled reluctantly to contend with their brethren, the Lamanites; [This mistake is in all printed editions; it should say nineteenth year.]

Alma 26:49 Now they durst now turn to the right nor to the left, lest they should be surrounded: neither would I turn to the right or to the left, lest they should overtake me, [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing.]

Alma 26:95 And as the reminder of our army were about to give way before the Lamanites, behold, those two thousand and sixty were firm and undaunted [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing.]

3 Nephi 4:44 Behold I am Jesus Christ, the son of God. I created the heavens and the earth, and all things that in them are. [Son is capitalized in 1951 but lower case in 1953 and 1992 printings.]

Ether 4:59 And his brother did raise up in rebellion against him, by which he did bring him into captivity; and he did remain in captivity all his days [This is shown in all editions; but correct grammar requires rise.]

Ether 6:35 And now there began to be a great curse upon the land, because of the iniquity of the people, in which, if a man should lay his tool or his sword upon the shelf, or upon the place whether he would keep it, and behold, upon the morrow, he could not find it, so great was the curse upon the land. [This is a typo in only the 1953 printing; all others show whither.]