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Portrait of Joseph Smith.
In a moving new video, Casey Griffiths and Scott Woodward travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, and to Nauvoo, Warsaw, and Carthage in Illinois to review the events that led up to the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. As Casey and Scott visit these sites, they discuss two questions: Why was Joseph murdered? And why do Joseph’s and Hyrum’s deaths mean so much today? Modern day Nauvoo is drastically...
Image: 3D Reconstruction of Liberty Jail
How can people better experience and understand events in Church history? Historical events can sometimes be difficult to picture because the modern world is so different from the world of the past. But recently, Casey Paul Griffiths and the Book of Mormon Central (BMC) video team came up with the idea to create a 3D model of Liberty Jail . This 3D model would provide an immersive experience to...
Google Street View of the interior of the Newel K. Whitney Store.
In 2020, Book of Mormon Central (BMC) and the Church began preparing 360-degree tours of major Church History sites. BMC gathered 360 spheres from the Church History Department, the BYU Religion Department, third party groups and individuals, and our own footage. We commissioned a contractor to film footage at the Priesthood Restoration site in Harmony (now Oakland) Pennsylvania. In April and May...
Artwork of Ensign Peak by Katie Payne.
Joseph Smith had just been murdered, and the Saints in Nauvoo were fleeing persecution. It was now Brigham Young's turn to lead the Saints to safety. But where? Did you know that Joseph Smith appeared to Brigham Young in a vision, showing him a hill with a flag on it? And have you ever seen the flag representing the Kingdom of God? Learn about this miraculous vision and much more in our new video...
Statues of Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois.
In support of the 2021 “Come Follow Me” curriculum, the Interpreter Foundation is hosing a virtual fireside series that seeks to enrich individual and family scripture study through a series of livestream presentations by faithful scholars on selected capstones of Joseph Smith’s final years. An initial presentation on the events of Joseph Smith’s martyrdom on June 27 the anniversary of Joseph...
Portraits of the Three Witnesses Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, and David Whitmer.
As Joseph Smith finished the translation of the Book of Mormon, three of his closest supporters—Martin Harris, Oliver Cowdery, and David Whitmer—were chosen by revelation as special witnesses of the Book of Mormon ( Doctrine and Covenants 17 ). An angel showed them the golden plates from which the book was translated ( Testimony of Three Witnesses ). In addition, eight others were permitted to...
Photo of Susan Easton Black.
This Sunday, June 13, Retired BYU professor Susan Easton Black will present a free, virtual fireside on the Book of Mormon Witnesses. Details When : Sunday, June 13, 2021. 6:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time Where : Doctrine and Covenants Central YouTube Channel The Book of Mormon witnesses—Oliver Cowdery, Martin Harris, David Whitmer, and others—are important figures in Church History and they...
Kirtland Temple with fireside presenter Karl Anderson
Book of Mormon Central and Doctrine and Covenants Central are pleased to announce a Virtual Fireside you may want to attend. When: Sunday, April 11, 2021. 5pm Pacific, 6pm Mountain, 7pm Central, 8pm Eastern Where: Book of Mormon Central YouTube Channel The Kirtland, Ohio area is foundational to the history of the Church. 45% of the sections in the Doctrine and Covenants were received in Kirtland...
Photo of Nauvoo Temple via Church News.
On Sunday, February 7, 2021 John W. Welch, Book of Mormon Central Chairman, and Kirk Magleby, Executive Director, gave a one-hour live presentation sponsored by the John A. Widtsoe Foundation entitled “Church History in a Technological Age.” Several hundred people watched the live stream and it is now posted on YouTube: Welch and Magleby gave viewers a guided tour of Book of Mormon Central’s...
Stephen Smoot talking about the First Vision of Joseph Smith.
For this year’s Come, Follow Me course of personal and church study focusing on the Doctrine and Covenants and Church History, Book of Mormon Central is pleased to offer a new series of short videos discussing the history and significance of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. The goal of these videos is to help the viewer better understand and appreciate what the First Vision is, why it’s important,...