Saturday, June 16, 2018
Sunday, May 27, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Men say there is one God—the Far. Son & the H.G. are only 1 God—it is a strange God any how 3 in 1. & 1 in 3. it is a curious thing any how—Far. I pray not for the world but I pray for those that thou givest me &c &c  all are to be crammed into 1 God—it wod. make the biggest God in all the world—he is a wonderful big God—he would be a Giant I want to read the text to you myself—I am agreed with the Far. & the Far. is agreed with me & we are agreed as one —the Greek shews that is shod. be agreed —Far. I pray for them that thou hast given me out of the world &c &c  that they may be agreed & all come to dwell in unity & in all the Glory & Everlasting burngs of God & then we shall see as we are seen & be as God— From Thomas Bullock Report; see also TPJS 369-76.(Spelling and punctuation as in original)
19, 22 - John 17:9-11
20, 21 - 1 John 5:7-8
19 Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom you have given me, that they may be agreed as one as we are...
20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also whom shall believe on me through their word, that they all may be agreed as one, as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be agreed as one in us, that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be agreed as one even as we are one: I in them, and you in me, that they may be made perfect in agreement as one, and that the world may know that you have sent me, and have loved them as you have loved me.
Monday, May 14, 2018
Whenever Joseph made a change to the text that is found in the OM, Skousen set it aside. If it doesn't match the OM, he felt it shouldn't be there. Skousen has published his own version of the Book of Mormon that matches as closely as possible the OM.
The problem for us is that this ignores 2 things happening through Joseph. First, he recognized that a lot of mistakes were made, both in recording the OM, and then in the transcribing of the OM to the Printer's Manuscript, and then to subsequent published editions. Joseph spent time throughout his life seeking to correct those errors. As late as 1842 he noted in his journal that he was working to fix the errors. Second, Joseph was ever learning. And as his knowledge increased, so did his understanding of the meaning of scripture. For example, Denver has given a good explanation of how Joseph's perception of the First Vision evolved over time.
A more recent example that we can likely relate to is found in Nephi's discussion of his father's vision with an angel. At one point the angel says, "And he said unto me, Behold, the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of the Son of God, after the manner of the flesh." For most of us, we understand that the angel is referring to Mary, Christ's mother in the flesh. But read in the context of the talk Our Divine Parents that Denver gave in Phoenix in March, a second meaning appears - that Christ's Heavenly Mother may have condescended to be His mother in the flesh as well.
So not all of Skousen's recommendations were adopted. Please recognize that though we might find a few things that got missed, overall we won't be changing a lot. At times we had to make some tough decisions and many, many were discussed by all of the committee and decided by mutual agreement.
Saturday, May 12, 2018
We will take as long as is necessary to make the reasonable updates in preparation for the fancy set of scriptures, at which point we expect updating will end (except for new material). The timeframe rests with all of us: as fixes keep coming in, we have to expect that there may be more. But you need to reference the TYPOS AND ISSUES doc to see if they have already been submitted. Once we have a few months where few, if any, fixes are submitted, we will feel confident that we've made it to a publication point.
"Reasonable" was intentionally stated because some submitted fixes are very subjective and hard to justify. So please give solid evidence that a fix really does need to be made - do the research first. Links have been provided to all the material we've used.
Thank you to everyone that has helped and who are working through the scriptures. By the way, only one person had touched the Old Covenants to date...
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Monday, April 30, 2018
If you discover something that you think is an error, please research it on your own first to confirm that it is an error. Yes, it might be faster for us to look into it since we've been doing this for a couple of years, but if it takes perhaps 5 minutes to resolve one submission, and you multiply that to include all of the emails we get, it puts an unfair burden on our time. We're still working on cleaning up the damage that software inflicts on text. And we've already sacrificed many thousands of hours on this project. We need to get to know our families again.
Here are the resources you might need to verify that you've found a problem. Obviously some typos are self-evident and don't need research, but most are not. Many are unusual, but not blatant. Anyway, here's where you can go to do your research:
VOLUME 1 - THE OLD COVENANTS
Joseph Smith's personal bible
Old Testament Manuscript 1
Old Testament Manuscript 2
VOLUME 2 - THE NEW COVENANTS (New Testament, Book of Mormon)
New Testament Manuscript 1
New Testament Manuscript 2
Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, 1st Edition
(We used the 2nd Edition, but it is not available online)
VOLUME 3 - TEACHINGS AND COMMANDMENTS
Revelation Book 1
Revelation Book 2
Book of Abraham
1835 Doctrine and Covenants
D&C correlation to earliest documents
Saturday, April 28, 2018
No matter how hard you try, it's impossible to catch all the glitches, especially with all of the creative coding needed for the T&C. Please give the coders a couple weeks to clean things up before you start reporting problems with the online T&C at scriptures.info.
Friday, April 27, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Sunday, April 15, 2018
The text for the T&C on Amazon.com has been updated to include all of the corrections and issues raised to date (see the TYPOS AND ISSUES doc on scripturesproject.blogspot.com). The Kindle version of the volume is also now available. And several ebook formats (ePub, mobi, Lit, RTF - let us know if others are needed), as well as a PDF, will also be available for free on scriptures.info.
The Glossary is now downloadable as a stand-alone piece in several sizes. It's available on the scripture project blog and will also be posted on scriptures.info shortly.
- Mike Hamill will oversee getting the completed work into ebook form.
- Chris Hamill will continue to deal with the print-on-demand details as they arise, including reported corrections.
- Kevin (our formatter) & Chris (and any others with experience with the printing industry - let us know if that's you) will be involved in spearheading getting the completed work into the higher-quality printed version. Volunteers have been crucial and will continue to be needed for that effort.
- The high-quality version will require some pre-sales and/or contributions to help with the first printing. As that time approaches there will be a request for pre-orders, etc. and those who want to assist with that effort can volunteer.
- Ability to navigate to and read from the final text of all three volumes.
- Ability to swipe to the next/previous chapter
- Ability to set basic user preferences (font, font size, margins, line spacing, choosing between a light, dark, or sepia color scheme) that will persist on that device
- When choosing chapters, ability to either view chapter intros (with the first 20 or so words of the chapter) or view as a grid of chapter numbers to choose from
- The app should work correctly in both orientations (landscape and portrait)
- The app should work well for both phones and tablets
- Stretch goal: Keyword searching with similar functionality as on scriptures.info
- Later versions may include additional features such as adding tags or notes, bookmarking, highlighting, etc., as time permits.
Saturday, April 14, 2018
See the PFDs and INFO box to the right.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Our plan at this point is to make the T&C available on Kindle, in ebook format (.mobi to start), and on scriptures.info all at the same time, since they all have to sync, as well as updating the text in the printed books. That could be a couple more weeks. We will then do the same for the other two volumes (on scriptures.info that would involve updating the text to include all of the fixes to date).
By the way, thank you to everyone for submitting questionable text and typos. We are keeping the TYPOS AND ISSUES doc current so tat you can update your own texts.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
From now on the PDFs will be dates to you can know how recent your version is.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Saturday, March 17, 2018
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Teachings and Commandments has been submitted to Amazon and should be available in the next day or two. The PDF of the T&C is downloadable from the link at right.
Also, The Old Covenants is now available on scriptures.info. It will take a few weeks to get the T&C up and running on that site.
We're particularly pleased about the expanded Appendix, including a glossary created from all of Denver's material and edited with his help, as well as gorgeous maps made specifically for us.
Monday, March 5, 2018
For those who don't want to consider buying a new copy at some point, but just want to make the corrections in their existing works, we are sharing the tracking document so that you can see what is being done and what is being left alone.
If you think you have found a typo or issue with the text, please check this document before notifying us. This link will also be found in the SCRIPTURES box in the right margin of this blog.
Typos & Issues Tracking Doc
Sunday, March 4, 2018
The T&C is very close to completion and we hope to have it for sale within the next week or so. It will be announced as soon as it goes to Amazon for processing.
Sunday, February 4, 2018
Friday, January 12, 2018
This means 2 things:
- If you haven't purchased The New Covenants yet, wait a couple days before you do that and your copy will not have the errors we've found so far.
- If you think you have found a printing error, CHECK FOR IT FIRST ON SCRIPTURES.INFO. If you don't find it there, it's already been found and fixed. You don't need to tell us about it.
Monday, January 8, 2018
We recommend you take some time and poke around to discover the features offered to date. We understand more capability is planned for the site, but will leave it to the developers to surprise us when they are ready.
Many thanks to all who are contributing in many ways to the distribution and use of the scriptures.
Tuesday, January 2, 2018
We also are revising the plan for the use of the royalties. Because the leather-bound scriptures will not be using a print-on-demand service, ordering and shipping & handling will carry costs and require arrangements that will add costs to the volumes and that are beyond the committee's resources. We recommend that the royalty funds be used for handling the sale and distribution of the leather-bound sets when they become available.
Be aware that the cost of scriptures on Amazon are set at the lowest price Amazon will allow, as you can see below. The royalties are unavoidable: