To mark today’s 186th birthday of the Book of Mormon, I wanted to share this amazing resource about it.
Book of Mormon Central has been online for about three months now, and I keep liking it more and more.
At first, I worried that it would only be a collection of apologetic materials, which would be redundant, as FairMormon has that abundantly covered.
As the weeks have gone on, though, I’ve seen much more breadth to it: yes, there is plenty of timely and appropriate “defending the faith” stuff, but they also feature plenty of material about simply understanding the text, as well as analyzing how it works as a written text, and even how to use it to improve our faith and discipleship. (Most all of these take the form of short pieces presented as answers to common questions, called “KnoWhys.”)
In short, it has already become the most comprehensive Book of Mormon web site.
- It has a copy of the earliest English text of the book, as painstakingly reconstructed by scholars. This alone makes Book of Mormon Central priceless!
- It has links to over 1500 online resources about the Book of Mormon.
- And, yes, it has tons of material all correlated to help with Gospel Doctrine lessons.
This site announces its mission as “to increase and diffuse knowledge of the Book of Mormon,” but it really is more than that: this whole site is a giant love letter to the Book of Mormon. They love it. They celebrate it. This isn’t missionary work as much as it is a big romantic gesture. Consider their beautiful #BoMday hashtag on social media!
They sponsored a “Book of Mormon Temples” fireside recently and it’s already on their fledgling but impressive YouTube channel. It’s worth your time, and it’s not the work of casual fans, but devoted fanatics who love the Book of Mormon with a passion.
This great web site could help all of us have a bit more of that passion.