Saturday, December 29, 2018

Android Scriptures App

The Android REScriptures app is now available on the Google Play Store. It includes the ability to read the text of all three volumes of the Restoration Scriptures (last updated in September) entirely offline as well as to do keyword and exact phrase searches in the text. It is still a work in progress and will get updated versions of each work as they are completed (Vol. 2 should be updated by the end of next week).

You can find it here:

Great thanks for the ongoing efforts to bring us such tools

UPDATES: When updated scriptures are made available to the REScriptures app, the app needs to be updated on your phone in order for you to receive them. To make that happen automatically:

To automatically update apps on your Android device:
  1. Open the Google Play Store app .
  2. Tap Menu Settings.
  3. Tap Auto-update apps.
  4. Select an option: Auto update apps at any time to update apps using either Wi-Fi or mobile data. Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only to update apps only when connected to Wi-Fi.
 FUTURE FEATURES: The developer explained: I also intend to continue adding improvements to the app. For the next version, I would like to add some basic settings for adjusting the font, font size, color scheme, etc. I also want to improve the search to allow filtering by volume and book like you can do at

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Happy Holidays to All

Folks, we're getting closer to completing the project! Volume 2 has been completed and the PDF has been updated on this site. Amazon's text has been updated and will be updated as quickly as possible. Please note that we have a software issue that is causing a spacing problem in the new running headers numbering. We will be looking into tweaking it so that the fancy scriptures are consistent.

Volume 3, Teachings and Commandments, is well under way and we hope to have the JSH updated on soon so that we can ensure that the coding behind the site is working properly. It won't take us long after that to update the whole volume. But it will be a few weeks for us to edit and reference check the new Glossary. (The size of the Glossary has tripled, for those interested.) We thank Denver for his help with reviewing all of the material therein.

There are a few things we want to make you aware of concerning the T&C. We want the T&C to be as close to "raw" Joseph Smith as possible, but getting a perfect rendering is impossible, mainly because there are usually multiple manuscripts for any given section and it isn't possible to guarantee which manuscript is the most correct. Some of the text decision-making required hours of prayerful work and discussion by those assigned to review the work during the past year. We thank them for their contributions and we are committed to honoring their decisions whenever possible as we proof the text and discover any remaining errors. We have also determined that updating all of the archaic language in the T&C could have the unintended effect of washing away some of the flavor introduced by Joseph Smith. To counter that, we've determined to use those sections in the T&C that were not revelations but that were written by Joseph (1, 116, 117, 138, 139, 140, 146, 147), to indicate which archaic (to us) terms he used in his regular communications. Using his non-revelatory writings helps establish a more objective guide for archaic language updates. For example, in the Bible the term "tarry" has been updated to "stay, remain, wait", but Joseph appears to have used the term in his everyday speech, so "tarry" won't be updated in the T&C.

Once Volume 3 is completed in January, it will be updated on Amazon,, and this blog. We will also make sure to publish PDFs for each volume that show all of the updates and corrections made since May. And we will have an updated stand-alone PDF of the Glossary made available. Several folks have asked if we can publish a stand-alone Glossary on Amazon. We'll look into that.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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 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 You may likely be notifying us of something we have already corrected.