In 1972, a monumental project was initiated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to publish a uniquely LDS edition of the King James Bible.
Church leaders envisioned a resource-rich Bible publication that would make Bible study more meaningful for Latter-day Saints by supplying maps, charts, definitions, headnotes, footnotes, and cross-references to all four of the Church’s standard works. An additional objective was to provide a single Bible edition for use in the Church curriculum throughout the English-speaking world.
The task was a daunting one, occupying a small army of scholars, editors, and publication specialists from Brigham Young University, the Church Educational System, and Deseret Book Company for seven years of exacting, painstaking work. Overall direction was provided by a committee of General Authorities, including Elder Thomas S. Monson, Elder Boyd K. Packer, Elder Marvin J. Ashton and Elder Bruce R. McConkie.
In 1979, the first copies of the new LDS edition of the Bible rolled off the presses in Winchester, Massachusetts. It was packed with innovative features, including chapter headings, cross-references linking the Bible text to the Book of Mormon and the Church’s other standard works, a topical guide, a large bible dictionary, a gazetteer, and color maps. Selections from Joseph Smith’s inspired revision of the Bible were also included.
Latter-day Saints who were closely involved with the project have described it as the endeavor of a lifetime. Many of them have acknowledged the hand of God at work in this monumental undertaking.
A new television documentary produced for BYU-TV, That Promised Day, describes the effort to bring forth the LDS edition of the Bible. Watch an extended trailer for this fascinating program in the window below. The entire 57-minute production can be viewed at the BYU TV web site.
Most notable [in this new Bible edition is] the most comprehensive compilation of scriptural information on the teachings and mission of the Lord Jesus Christ that has ever been assembled in the history of the world. Follow these references, and you will open the door to whose Church this is, what it teaches and by what authority, all anchored to the sacred name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Messiah, the Redeemer, our Lord.
Elder Boyd K. Packer
To read more about the publication of this unique edition of the Bible, may I suggest the excellent article on this subject in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism.