As a new year rolls around, Gospel Doctrine classes across the world will once again turn the attention of Latter-day Saints to our “keystone” scripture: the Book of Mormon. It’s been 27 years since President Ezra Taft Benson stressed, “The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon.” Despite being close to 3 decades old, this prophetic injunction is needed now more than ever.
Back in 1988, President Benson felt that, “In this age of the electronic media and the mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way.” Now, a new generation of Latter-day Saints has risen up in an age of unprecedented information access, yet many bright, young Latter-day Saints do not know where to turn to seriously engage with the Book of Mormon. Lynne Wilson, a faculty member at the Stanford University LDS Institute of Religion, envisioned an organization capable of communicating the wonders of this text to a broad audience, including especially the rising generation of young people.
Generous donors came forward and Book of Mormon Central was born. Beginning January 1, 2016, frequent Book of Mormon research updates will appear in many social media venues. This new resource is designed and built by and for people who love, treasure, ponder, research, apply, and believe the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Central aims to provide free access to Book of Mormon research and scholarship and expects to become the largest on-line repository of all such materials in the world.
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