Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Who's interested in leather-bound scriptures?

We are taking a poll of how many sets of leather-bound scriptures we would likely need to order in the first printing. If you plan on purchasing a set as soon as possible, please take the poll:



This pool will run through Christmas.
Please spread the word.
 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Why the scriptures still aren't ready.

It's been noted that the scriptures project is taking a long time. We couldn't agree more. And we even assumed it would have been done long before now. But when we started our final proofing, we unexpectedly found discrepancies that had to be addressed. We're still at it, but getting closer to finishing.

As posted last week, the Book of Mormon has been completed, the New Testament is well on it's way to completion, the T&C had far fewer hands involved and shows to still be faithful to the manuscripts (meaning the proofing will move far more quickly), all of which will hopefully be done by the end of December. That leaves the OC to tackle. With the momentum and unity we've developed, we hope to complete that work by the next general conference in late April.

Know that we are striving to do only what is needed to make sure the texts faithfully honor Joseph Smith's work and are properly proofed before we all invest resources in printing up the high-quality scriptures. There is way too much that could be "fixed" in the scriptures, but we have neither the permission nor the time to do more than what we are doing.

Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the fancy set of scriptures. We already have a bid from a US printer and are awaiting a bid from the largest Bible printer in India. Arrangements for pre-ordering sets of scriptures is being researched. A poll will be taken soon to get a feel for the initial quantity of sets to order (it won't be binding - you won't be committing to an order, just giving us a realistic perspective on how many sets to consider ordering initially). The criteria for the fancy scriptures:
  • Leather-bound
  • Archive quality, 100% cotton biblestock (onion skin paper), approx. 900 pages per inch
  • Smythe-sewn binding with silk thread
  • Archive quality ink
  • guilded edges, rounded corners
  • 2 bookmark ribbons per volume
We anticipate a 3 volume set of scriptures to cost less than $100. The scriptures will not be sold by individual volume, only in complete sets.

We appreciate your patience - and especially the patience of our families. We want this done more than you do.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Tracking Changes

The person who has been developing the scriptures.info site, writing code and creating the needed architecture, emailed me a copy of the Book of Mormon text showing all the changes made from early May until today. We started our final work through about that time, so this will give many folks the chance to check their own copies against what is available today.

We will do the same thing for each of the other works as they are completed.

Thank God for technology.

The documents can be found in the right-hand column titled Final Tracking Docs, just after the PDFs of the current works.

NOTE: The Book of Mormon doc had a glitch. The corrected doc was updated Sat about 1:30pm

NOTE 2: If you think there's a typo or problem text with anything other than the Book of Mormon, please be patient as we have almost completed the review of the New Testament and the T&C, but haven't been able to update the text, either on Amazon or on scriptures.info. You may likely be notifying us of something we have already corrected.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Questions about buying scriptures - Are they current?

From an email today:

I have...questions, I am hoping you can help me find the answers to. I would like to buy the Old & New Covenants, as well as the T&C that are currently for sale on Amazon.com. However, I would like to know if the needed corrections of errors that people have been sending in, are updated/corrected in these, if I buy them now? (*If not, do you happen to know when they will be? I really like these paper editions (GREAT for note taking), but want to make sure I the errors found, up to date, corrected in them.) Another question... Is there anywhere, or any possible place that can be made accessible, where we can see what corrections have been made/are needing to be made to the New Covenants? (The T&C & The Old Covenants too, if possible!!!) My thought is, if I know all of the errors & what the corrections are suppose to be, I can go through my paper copies I have/am purchasing & make the necessary correction with a pen. That would be so helpful IF the ones we can order today on Amazon.com are not updated.

RESPONSE:
The scriptures aren't finished yet. We have completed the Book of Mormon and don't plan any future changes. We are in the middle of the New Testament and hope to finish by around Christmas. That will mean that Vol.2 will be ready around New Year's. We will announce that. The T&C won't need as much time to complete and will be done sometime in Jan., hopefully. Then the OT will get a workover by late April (next Gen Conf) we hope.

As we reach major milestones we update the text on Amazon. For example, the 4 Gospels are done and we have updated Vol.2 with that portion.

The vast majority of changes are punctuation, though we keep finding archaic phrases and grammar that we have to tackle.

We kept a running list of typos on the scriptures blog, but it took so much time to keep updating it that it hurt the progress of the work and we stopped making note of those changes.
 
There may be a way to post our copies of the final run-throughs for each work, showing what was changed and why. We'll look into that.

REPOST: If you think you've found a typo, do some research first.

Several emails have come in recently to point out typos. The good news is that every one of them has not been a typo, but has been text that has been restored to Joseph's original. The bad news is that these folks haven't bothered to research the issue on their own and are simply handing us some busy work that takes us away from getting this project done. and when you add up the time it takes to go and look and verify, those small pauses become significant. So we're reposting this from last April when we first invited you to look before you leap:


We get emails for potential typos almost daily. Yet the majority of them are not typos or errors, but are simply unusual text. Remember that the Lord rescinded permission to update the archaic language in the Book of Mormon. Also remember that Middle English was in use during Joseph Smith's day. And realize that the LDS scriptures are not a valid source of reference. The scripture project was undertaken to correct the errors introduced not only by scholars, but also by the LDS church.

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

Printer's Manuscript
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



Thursday, October 18, 2018

Parable vote results

The results were 277 for, 3 against adding the Lord's parable to the T&C.  Here is a link to the official results:
https://surveyhero.com/results/91085/47dc19e94f1ce0ab2488cef9d6cf5d3d

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Poll: Section 176

To participate in voting about the adoption of the Lord's answer to our Statement of Principles in to the T&C, click: