Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A new tool and an update.

Scriptures.info has announced: "A bidirectional reference translation page for the Book of Mormon both to and from LDS references is also now available."

You will need to click on the announcement link on the home page in order to get to the tool. WAY TO GO, CODER!


Also, the New Testament has been updated to it's most current text (except "note" in 1 John 1:15, which will be updated soon). The Book of Mormon text is also fully updated (except "and" in Enos 1:1, also to be updated shortly.)

Friday, February 8, 2019

When it's done, it's done.

People continue to purchase scriptures from Amazon.com. Some are buying updated copies as we work through the proofing of every work in the scriptures.

We have heard that when the leather-bound scriptures are finally published this summer, some will wait to purchase their copy until a second or third printing, in case there are updates.

We want to make it clear that once the text is sent to the printer for the first printing of the leather-bound scriptures (and to scriptures.info and Amazon for final updating) - we have no intention of doing any further work on the scriptures. They will remain as is until the Lord directs otherwise. The only issues that would arise would be obvious typos, and none will be accepted without proof they are typos (too often we are emailed with "typos" that turn out to be restoration of Joseph Smith's work).

Provisions are being made for additional sections to be added to the T&C during the short-term. For the long-term, when we have enough additional sections, several possible solutions will be considered and offered.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Almost missed it

We're very grateful that the tools used by scriptures.info help in checking our work. It was discovered last week that some text in 2 Nephi was completely missing! We want everyone to be aware of it and to know that it was not an intentional deletion. For those with paperback copies of the scriptures, the following sentences may be missing:

2 Nephi 5:5
For shall the prey be taken from the mighty? Or the lawful captive delivered?

These should be the last sentences in paragraph 5. 

The explanation for why it was missing is unclear. Simple keystrokes during editing, for example, or during formatting could account for it. We don't know how it happened. We're just grateful that it was caught. 

Friday, February 1, 2019

Tracking changes 2

Here is a link to a PDF that tracks all of the changes made to the NT from May 2018 to the end of January:

New Testament Changes May 2018-Jan 2019

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Continued Transparency

Here is a link to the account statement for the royalties paid on the sale of scriptures through Amazon.com:

Account Statement

 As a reminder, we keep the price of the scriptures as low as Amazon will allow, but they insist that a royalty be made/paid on every book. We cannot refuse it. Since the statement doesn't give a total, it is $6,436.72.

No funds have ever been removed from the account. That will change shortly. Some funds will be used to purchase sample scriptures from the finalist publishers being considered for the printing of the leather-bound scriptures. We anticipate only 3-4 samples need to be purchased in total, meaning we anticipate spending less than $400.

Regarding the final specs for the leather-bound sets, here is our list that has been sent out in each Request for Quote:
  • 6" x 9" page size
  • Rounded corners
  • 900-1200 Pages Per Inch biblestock paper (36-45 gsm)
  • 100% cotton, archive quality paper
  • Archive quality ink
  • Guilded page edges
  • Smythe-sewn binding with silk thread
  • 48-64 page signatures
  • 2 bookmark ribbons per volume
  • Lambskin or goat skin leather cover
  • Tooled lettering on cover spine only
 These specs should result in books that last more than a lifetime. We are consulting with a bookbinder to professionally assess the quality of the samples received.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Scripture References, Kindle, and Progress

As the T&C began to take shape, we realized that there would be challenges with how to reference some of the parts, specifically (1) the Joseph Smith History, (2) the Lectures on Faith, (3) the Book of Abraham, and then (4) the Testimony of St. John. Several discussions resulted in a workable system that needs to be explained as we get close to finalizing the T&C:
  • The scriptures are WORKS (OT, NT, Book of Mormon, T&C)
    • that are made up of BOOKS (Genesis, Psalms, Luke, Acts, Alma, 3 Nephi)
    • which are divided into CHAPTERS and PARAGRAPHS.
  • The T&C is a hybrid of both SECTIONS (as the D&C was traditionally was, rather than chapters) and also BOOKS (1-4 above).
  • The SECTIONS don't have internal divisions other than paragraphs, but the BOOKS do.
  • Also, in the JSH, there are no CHAPTERS, but there are PARTS, which act as chapters, and the LoF has LECTURES instead of CHAPTERS.
To work with several variations, yet maintain a standardized referencing system similar to what is used in most scriptures:
  • SECTIONS use a regular # : # approach — T&C 89:4 is SECTION 89: PARAGRAPH 4.
  • BOOKS (because there are only 4 to remember) don't reference their T&C Section number. Doing so would result in a # : # : # reference that is so uncommon as to be confusing. Instead, as with any other BOOK, simply use the book name and then the standard chapter : paragraph # : # approach:
    • JSH 15:4 (Part 15:paragraph 4)
    • LoF 2:2 (Lecture 2:paragraph 2)
    • Abr. 6:1 (Chapter 6:paragraph 1)
    • TSJ 11:7 (Chapter 11:paragraph 7)
The immediate first question might be: Where is the Book of Abraham or Lectures on Faith? There's a Table of Contents at the front of the work, and after only a few trips to them (there are only 4 to remember — Sections 1, 110, 145, 171), it will be easy to find them all!

We don't reference Alma 12:10 by stating "Book of Mormon, Alma 12:10", so it will be unnecessary to state "T&C 110: Lecture 2:16", but instead "Lectures on Faith 2:16". Use of the scriptures will make us familiar with where to find the books that are in the T&C.

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We've been asked about having the Kindle version of the scriptures. We want that, but must make sure that everything is as good as it will get, because just like the print versions on Amazon, if we update the content within Kindle, existing copies will not be updated. Here is what Kindle says:
  • We only send customers updates to serious quality issues. Sending customers updated content may erase notes or highlights they entered, so the improvements must outweigh the disadvantages. We won't accept your request if you:
    • Added, deleted, or changed words, sentences, pages, chapters, or images.
    • Changed a character's name or your eBook's plot.
    • Added, deleted, or changed links or marketing information
    • Made significant changes that warrant a new edition.
That is why we've held off up to now and will wait until the content is ready for the leather-bound sets. In the meantime, once a WORK is completed, we also make a list of all changes that have been made since May 2018 available in a PDF for the work. It can be downloaded from scriptures.info. So far we only have such a PDF for the Book of Mormon and will have the entire NC doc ready shortly.

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The T&C is moving along rapidly and we expect to have it completed by the end of next week. That includes color maps (for scriptures.info and leather-bound versions) and a much larger Glossary of Terms. However, there will be minor updates to the T&C coming, due to punctuation updated in the OC. We need to make sure that quoted scriptures match our updated scriptures when relevant.

Hope this helps.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Good ideas gain momentum

This says a lot about how we've chosen to format our scriptures. Though we aren't incorporating all of the aspects used in Bible mentioned below, the value of reducing structure to how we read a book is recognized as valuable. We hope our scriptures will bring the same value to those who choose to study them.