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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,...
Whitmer Farm in Fayette, New York. Image via Church of Jesus Christ.
From the people who brought you Book of Mormon Central comes a new site to help you with your Come Follow Me Study of the Doctrine and Covenants this year! Doctrine and Covenants Central brings you the best in scholarship and resources for studying the D&C and the history of the Church. The site features historical context, verse by verse commentary, tours of historic sites, and many other...
Screenshot of Come Follow Me Insights with John Hilton III.
Book of Mormon Central has been a go-to place for many Latter-day Saints this year in their Come, Follow Me study. In 2020, BMC launched the popular YouTube series, Come Follow Me Insights , featuring Professors Tyler Griffin and Taylor Halverson. We published reading plans, resource guides, videos with John Hilton III, videos with Taylor Halverson and two, new Book of Mormon...
Cover of Joseph Smith Papers Documents Volume 11.
The Joseph Smith Papers Project has published the newest volume in the Documents series of this monumental documentary history undertaking of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 11: September 1842­–February 1843 , edited by Spencer W. McBride, Jeffrey D. Mahas, Brett D. Dowdle, and Tyson Reeder, historians for the Church...
Upon You My Fellow Servants by Linda Curley Christensen
Today, May 15, is John the Baptist Day, the day on which he appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in 1829 and restored the Aaronic Priesthood. On that morning, Joseph had reached 3 Nephi 11 in the rapid process of translating the Book of Mormon. It was in that chapter that Jesus gave his twelve disciples in Bountiful the authority to baptize. Realizing that they themselves needed to be...
Cover of Joseph Smith Papers Documents Volume 10.
The Church Historian’s Press has announced the publication of a new volume in the Documents series of the Joseph Smith Papers Project. Under the editorship of historians Elizabeth A. Kuehn, Jordan T. Watkins, Matthew C. Godfrey, and Mason K. Allred, The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 10: May–August 1842 compiles papers dating to the summer of 1842 and “covers a time during which...
The Nephite Interpreters by Anthony Sweat
In Mosiah 8, Limhi inquired of Ammon 1 who could translate the 24 Jaredite plates. What results is a lengthy explanation about what a seer is and how they operate with revelatory devices I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God. And the things are...
Cover of the new Pearl of Great Price Central ebook, Insights into Joseph Smith's First Vision
Slightly modified from the foreword to Insights into Joseph Smith’s First Vision Joseph Smith’s First Vision of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ occupies a foundationally important position in the lives and faith of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Successive generations of latter-day prophets and apostles have testified of the consummate significance...