Book of Mormon Central 2018 Conference
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Join us this year at Book of Mormon Central's annual conference to learn about the scriptures, explore new technologies, and be immersed in the Book of Mormon.

  • When: April 7, 2018
  • Time: 9:00 a.m.–5:15 p.m.
  • Where: Utah Valley Convention Center, Provo, UT
  • Cost: $35 with lunch, $25 student price, $25 Seminaries and Institutes employee price


matt roper

BMC Staff

Book of Mormon Central: A Year in Review

9:00 a.m.

matt roper

paul fields

Matt Roper &
Paul Fields

BMC & St. George's University

Abinadi to Zenos...28 speakers in the Book of Mormon

9:30 a.m.



- 30 Minute Break -


mark wright

Mark Wright
BYU Ancient Scripture

"In the Fields and in the Forests": Mesoamerican Ecology and Cosmology in the Book of Mormon

10:30 a.m.

rob jex

Rob Jex
LDS Church Priesthood and Family Department

Book of Mormon Videos

11:00 a.m.



- 15 Minute Break -


john bytheway

John Bytheway
LDS Author

Experiencing the Book of Mormon in the Garden

11:45 a.m.



- Father Lehi Award -

12:15 p.m.



- Lunch -

12:30 p.m.



- Art Contest Winners -

1:45 p.m.

john bytheway

BMC Staff

Workshop: Using BMC to Study the Book of Mormon

2:00 p.m.



- 15 Minute Break -


john welch

John W. Welch
BYU Law School

April 7th and the Commencement of the Translation of the Book of Mormon

2:45 p.m.

gerrit dirkmaat

Gerrit Dirkmaat
BYU Church History

The Printing of the Book of Mormon

3:15 p.m.



- 30 Minute Break -


jo ann seely

Jo Ann Seely
BYU Ancient Scripture

Lehi's Jerusalem

4:15 p.m.

tyler griffin

Tyler Griffin
BYU Ancient Scripture

Book of Mormon Geography: A powerful backdrop to the book’s message

4:45 p.m.

Father Lehi and Mother Sariah Award

This year's Father Lehi and Mother Sariah award will be presented to Clate and Carol Mask to honor their lifetime of service and devotion for the Book of Mormon.

Clate and Carol Mask
Clate and Carol Mask


The exciting speaker's at this year's conference are only half the fun! Get ready to explore the Book of Mormon like never before with interactive experiences, booths, and vendors. This year Book of Mormon Central will be hosting:

  • Virtual Reality
  • Artwork Gallery
  • Bedouin Tent
  • E.B. Grandin Printing Press
  • Ancient Roman Plates
  • Replica artifacts
  • Book store

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality in Herod's Temple
Virtual Reality with Herod's Temple

4th Wall Virtual Reality is coming to this year's Book of Mormon Conference. When you arrive at the conference, you can sign up to explore one of two immersive experiences.

  1. A walk through the Book of Mormon through the lens of Stylometry and Book of Mormon authorship
  2. A virtual tour of Herod's temple in Jerusalem at the time of Jesus Christ

Art Contest and Gallery

Jorge Cocco's I Saw Another Angel Fly
Jorge Cocco's I Saw Another Angel Fly

We hope to bring Book of Mormon art to the forefront at this conference by featuring never-before-seen works, as well as Book of Mormon classics. Our art gallery will center around the 3 winning pieces of this year's Art Contest. Aside from this year's winners, we will feature art contest submissions from previous years, artwork of Joseph Brickey, Jorge Cocco, James Fullmer, and more.

Lehi's Bedouin Tent

Bedouin Tent
Bedouin Tent

Have you ever wondered what it meant when the Book of Mormon said that Lehi "dwelt in a tent" (1 Nephi 2:15)? At this year's Book of Mormon conference you can find out, by exploring a reproduction of an authentic, Arabian, Bedouin tent. Many researchers believe that Lehi may have lived in a tent like those of the ancient Bedouins. This full-scale reproduction can be explored in the vendor area of the 2nd floor of the Utah Valley Convention Center

Grandin Printing Museum

E.B. Grandin Printing Press
E.B. Grandin Printing Press

The Book of Mormon was first published at E.B. Grandin's Printing Press in Palmyra, New York. The Grandin Printing Museum is bringing their exhibit to BMC's conference to demonstrate how the Book of Mormon would have originally been printed. Included in the display will be a full-scale replica of the press used to print the Book of Mormon, along with replicas of the plates, the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon, and the supplies needed to operate a 19th century printing press.

Ancient Roman Plates

Ancient Roman Plates
Ancient Roman Plates

Did you know that other ancient people wrote on metal plates? BYU Special Collections has allowed Book of Mormon Central to host their ancient Roman plates to put on display for the attendees of this year's conference. These plates are from an ancient Roman military diploma and dates to AD 109.

Replica Artifacts

Replicas of ancient Nephite artifacts
Replicas of ancient Nephite artifacts

Metallurgist David Baird has agreed to bring his collection of Book of Mormon replicas to put on display. A replica of the gold plates, the Urim and Thummim, the Breastplate, the wooden chest that held the plates, the Liahona, and Laban's sword will be on display at the BMC Conference. David Baird has not only done work on metallurgy, but has also done extensive research on the dimensions and specifications of these objects to create historically accurate replicas.


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