The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families (Hardcover )
by Thomas R. Valletta (Editor)
President Gordon B. Hinckley has said: “Even though some of you may be fully occupied with families and have little time for other things at this stage of your lives, you can enlarge you minds and broaden your understanding through the reading of good books. . . . You may think you are too busy. Ten or fifteen minutes a day with the scriptures, and particularly with the Book of Mormon, can give you marvelous understanding of the power of the Almighty for the blessing of His children.”
Likewise, the prophet has counseled members of the Church to read the Book of Mormon together as families. The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families, like its predecessor The New Testament for Latter-day Saint Families, is a valuable tool for parents and children who wish to follow this counsel.
This beautifully bound book contains the full text of the Book of Mormon in large type and an easy-to-read design. In the footnotes of this indispensable volume, hard-to-understand words are defined in simple terms, important concepts are explained and developed, and questions to ponder and discuss are asked of young readers. Beautiful, full-color illustrations and paintings — some of which have never been in print before — by Clark Kelley Price, Robert Barrett, Scott Snow, Del Parson, Garry Kapp, Ted Henninger, and Tom Lovell accent the text.
The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families is a keepsake that all families will cherish. And by reading this book of scripture together, every family will be blessed and drawn closer to the Lord Jesus Christ.
"...These books contain resources that are helpful when reading scriptures with younger children (approximately ages two to ten years). Book and chapter headings differ from those included in the official Latter-day Saint scriptures, but they still include an overview of the selection that follows. Often these headings include "suggestions of important things to look for to give purpose to family members' reading" (Book of Mormon, p. x). Parents can use the headings to provide an overview of the chapter or book in easy-to-understand language for their younger children. The suggestions of things to look for provide something for younger children to focus on as they read or listen."
Read the full Neal A. Maxwell Institute article on "The Book of Mormon for Latter-day Saint Families."
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Another must have with young children.
by Nancy - reviewed on October 31, 2008
My children and I have read this so much that we have been through two since it first came out. We love the pictures, and the easier terms to understanding harder words for younger children. We use this daily in our family Scripture Study.
Made us want to read the scriptures.
by Barbara - reviewed on February 01, 2008
My grandchildren live with us. It has made us want to read the scriptures with them. Wished they had this when my own children were growing up. Enjoy the book very much. Great tool.
by Cami - reviewed on October 28, 2008
This is our families scripture time reading scriptures. We have literally worn it out the last 6 years. I have 5 little ones, so it is great that I can explain what we read a little better with the additional information given.
by Elizabeth - reviewed on November 18, 2008
This is a gorgeous book, and a beautiful gift for young families.
by D Shaune - reviewed on October 11, 2008
My children love reading this edition of the Book of Mormon. The beautiful artwork throughout this volume really keep my children interested. My daughter is 7 and my son is 5. I was worried that they would not be able to understand or pay attention during scripture reading, but with this volume I have had no trouble keeping their attention. I must admit, my kids are not the only ones fascinated by the artwork! This is a great investment for all ages.
Wonderful way to Study the Book of Mormon!
by Ronald - reviewed on September 26, 2008
My wife and I just completed the reading of this wonderful eddition of the Book of Mormon. My wife first learned of this book a couple years ago at a Womens Day out event. We purchased the book and then let it gather dust until earlier this year. We study the book every night and have leaned much more insite into this volumn of schripture than we would have ever learrned by just reading the Book of Mormon alone. We highly recommed this to every LDS Family.
Wonderful book, but not well bound
by Angela - reviewed on October 18, 2010
I agree with the positive comments that everyone has given. Notice though, that a couple people said that they "have been through" more than one book, ie, the binding is weak and these books do not withstand the amount of handling they receive. Every family I know who uses this book with their families regularly thoroughly enjoys the book, but the binding has given out.
by Valerie - reviewed on November 09, 2004
We have bought two of these books for our own home, one for each of our married children, and one for a newly baptized couple in our ward. I can't say enough good about this book.
Personal Study or Conversation Starter - Great Coffee Table Book
by Connie - reviewed on February 29, 2012
As a home that is constantly trying to add new ways to keep the Spirit alive and family motivated to read the Book Of Mormon, this book fits into our way of life well. I keep it on the Coffee table. It has started conversation from non-members as well as been a great reminder to turn off the TV and read on a daily basis. It has large print so it is easy to read for older adults as well as youth. The photos are bright and appealing to the eye. It has a wonderful thick cover that will wear well even with lots of use.
Wonderful, let me count the ways!
by Mary - reviewed on December 20, 2007
1. Beautiful illustrations, artwork and photographs which add understanding and spiritual sensitivity 2. 'Word Help' gives timely definitions in context of scriptural use and application 3. 'More Light' feature gives notations and quotes from modern-day leaders and scriptures with excellent 'Sources cited' information given in back of the book 4. 'Ponder This' feature suggests thoughtful ideas and questions to ponder, helping the reader develop thoughtful meditation and personal applications in every day life 5. 'A Closer Look' gives helpful explanations about the meaning of a verse, or about the history, people or customs that make that verse interesting 6. All the above features have distinctive icons that are quickly identifiable 7. Well-organized with meaningful, easy-to-understand book and chapter introductions, red highlighted 'topic' headings that identify focus and purpose of that section and are easy to find again 8. Smooth, nice-quality paper that is pleasant to handle while reading 9. A wonderful addition to the family library with presentation quality. 10. All this, and more...
O for Awesome!!
by Josie - reviewed on October 23, 2007
We received this book as a Christmas gift, my children love it and always ask questions, which makes scripture studying fun and exciting. Thank you for making this wonderful resource for my family.
Family time has never been better
by Wendy - reviewed on October 15, 2008
This books format is great for family reading.
Simplifies the Scriptures
by Kim - reviewed on September 30, 2008
I love the pictures, on page definitions and detail with this set of scriptures. It's a must have for your family!
Your family will better understand the Book of Mormon
by cheryl - reviewed on December 18, 2009
This Book of Mormon has changed our lives. Our family of eight had read the Book of Mormon once, then we bought this as our reward. The reward we received wasn't the beautiful book with definitions for all those words that your kids and you say, "what does that mean", but the enhancement of our nightly reading and understanding, and the desire that our family has to read it every night. I promise you ,it will help your families understanding and increase the knowledge your kids have of all the stories in the Book of Mormon. Best book I have ever bought in my life.A treasure in our home. Beautiful pictures, with titles before every six verses or so explaining who's talking to who and what to listen for. Fabulous, don't hesitate!!!
Every LDS family should have one!
by Liahona - reviewed on June 22, 2009
This was the key to making family scripture study work well in our family. Not only does our 2 and 8 year old enjoy using all the helps, pictures and large print, even mum and dad love it. Everybody who has seen our Book Of Mormon sitting on the kitchen table has gone and got one too. We live in Australia and have since purchased the Old and New Testament and Church History too.
by Customer - reviewed on September 30, 2008
This is a must have for all LDS families!
by Customer - reviewed on October 17, 2008
A must have for every family.
Kids Love It
by Customer - reviewed on November 24, 2008
My kids love reading out this book of mormon and learning more about it.
Great Way To Study The Book of Mormon
by Customer - reviewed on September 28, 2008
We studied the BofM for the past 5 years as a family. Once my children could start reading we pulled this book out and used this book to study and read out of as a family, instead of using our quad or regular BofM. This book is the best book if you have young children, or teen children. This book is the best for all ages.
by Customer - reviewed on September 18, 2008
My family reads from this every night! I love the extra information and pictures it provides along with the text.
by Emily - reviewed on October 01, 2008
I love this book. My family reads a chapter every night. We talk about it also. The questions in the book sometimes help. Love it!! It's helped me understand the Book of Mormon better too.
Wonderful reference book for families
by Brent - reviewed on September 20, 2008
We read from it for our daily family scripture study. The added quotations, pictures and questions that make you think how you can do better in your life are GREAT!!!
by Customer - reviewed on October 16, 2008
The family races to see who gets this book first for our reading. The insights are so helpful!!!!
Great for Families
by Janell - reviewed on September 22, 2008
This book has really helped our family get together in the mornings and evenings for family scripture study and helps us understand the scriptures better.
This book has helped our family understand the Book of Mormon.
by kandi - reviewed on September 25, 2008
The questions and defintions at the bottom are great for actually studying the scriptures instead of just reading them. The illustrations are wonderful and add a lot for the younger children who are following along. I also like how the chapters are put in sections. If a chapter is too long then you have a resting or stopping place. It has been a wonderful addition to our family scripture study!
by Jeff - reviewed on September 28, 2008
This is a book I think that every LDS family should have in plain sight in their home. It is a great conversation started and missionary tool to introduce the gospel to those that come into your home.
Great addition to the family library.
by sarah - reviewed on October 02, 2008
If for yourself, your family, or as a gift, this is an excellent choice.
Something for everyone!
by Angela - reviewed on October 07, 2008
My younger children have enjoyed all of the brilliant illustrations in this book. My older kids have appreciated the additional information, quotes by prophets, etc... that are at the bottom of each page. As a parent, I like to contemplate the quotes and other information. Sometimes there are also thought provoking questions that accompany particular verses of study.
This is a perfect family edition.
by Rachel - reviewed on October 22, 2008
I completely 100% recommend this edition of the book of mormon for any family with little ones. Our kids love looking at the pictures and the notations in it help my husband and I teach them. Just a good way to get kids involved in reading the book of mormon from an early age.
Well worth it
by Customer - reviewed on October 17, 2008
This is well worth the price. It brings the scriptures alive for my kids, rather than just listening, they can look and see.
by Kristy - reviewed on October 24, 2008
My grandparents bought this for my family for Christmas one year, the footnotes especially are extremely helpful.I used some as helps for a sunday school lesson I taught.
by Customer - reviewed on October 27, 2008
Totally cool, love the foot notes
Family Scripture Study
by Customer - reviewed on November 11, 2008
We use this for our family scripture study with our young ones. Great resource for definitions, history, and pictures. A must for anyone with children.
by Jodie - reviewed on April 06, 2010
We love reading our scriptures this way! We have bought them for all of our siblings when they get married. And so many of them have told us how much they love them as well! It is a great way to read the scriptures as a family!
by Customer - reviewed on November 03, 2008
I just love this book. It is beautiful and helps to make reading easier and more insightful.
Little ones are drawn to the artwork
by thelma - reviewed on November 25, 2008
I have a very active 2 year old grandson who wanted to sit down with this book and just look at all the pictures. It became apparent that he was looking for all the pictures of Jesus. He found many. It was a heartwarming experience.
by Lori - reviewed on January 09, 2013
LOVE the book, but the binding started coming apart only months after we bought it. Maybe it was a weakness in only mine, but for how much we spent on it, I was a little disappointed. We can't stop reading out of it because of the great pictures and the help that it gives in helping my young children understand the scriptures!
by Kelly J - reviewed on April 28, 2010
This version has made it more fun for my children to look at, while I read it to them. They love the pictures! They are still too young to really understand the stories, but I am able to read it more, with them, and have the blessings of reading the scriptures, twice, daily! I hope to have all of my family and friends have the same book!
A life changing book for me and my sons
by Temple - reviewed on April 10, 2010
As a single mom who had fallen away from the church, it finally took the missionaries and some dedicated church members, nearly 2 years ago, to inspire me to start reading The Book of Mormon with my 2 young sons. It was a huge leap of faith for me because at that time in my life I wasn't sure I even believed in a God anymore. We started reading from the original blue Book of Mormon that the church puts out and committed to reading a chapter each night. Although I had read The Book of Mormon in the past, I found I now had the hardest time not only comprehending the teachings myself, because of the knowledge I had lost, but an even harder time trying to put it into terms in which my sons could understand. As a result, over time, we lost interest in our daily reading regimen. Last year, my new home teachers surprised us with "The Book of Mormon for Latter-Day Saint Families", and it has truly transformed our lives! Me and my sons get excited to follow along with the stories, look at the pictures and read the notes at the bottom of the page which help expand on the teachings, explaining things we never understood before. We can not only follow along SO much better, but we now actually comprehend the teachings and the history of the people! Anytime there are things we read which we aren't sure on the meaning of, we can look at the detailed footnotes and definitions at the bottom of the page which make it SO convenient, especially when dealing with the attention span of a 7 and 8 year old and trying to keep them attentive during reading. I am learning things I NEVER knew or understood before, even though I had been previously raised in the church. Our reading has gone so well with this new book we have finally made it to the book of Third Nephi which was perfect timing given the recent celebration of the Easter holiday, allowing us to read of Christ's resurrection, bringing a special new meaning of the true spirit of Easter for my broken little family. Where once I had lost my testimony, I have found it again stronger than ever! I have been able to help be an example to my sons and help teach them the principles in this book that will help them build foundations for good in their own lives. I wish every investigator of the church, convert or struggling member could have the chance to receive one of these books as I did...it WILL change their lives forever!
Wonderful Book, Not-So-Great Binding
by Sarah - reviewed on October 02, 2012
Having this edition of the Book of Mormon has truly blessed our family as we read it every single night with our young children. It was given to us as a wedding gift, and we've only actively used it on a daily basis the last 3 years with our children. We hadn't even read it cover to cover and the binding had fallen apart, and a good chunk of pages fell out. I only wish we could have it fixed or replaced. I wish the binding was sewn instead of glued together. Other than that, the pictures quotes from General Authorities, and other learning tools are wonderful.
by Maria - reviewed on July 23, 2014
We read this with my 5 and 2 year old during breakfast every morning and they love pulling it out and putting it away every single time because it feels like a huge treasure to them filled with answer, facts, and extra picture
A Family Treasure
by james - reviewed on September 03, 2013
This is a most have! It has pictures for kids, it explains the doctrine knowledge simply and bring the book to life. I hope everyone can enjoy it.
eBook version review
by Masaki - reviewed on August 23, 2014
This is my review for the eBook version. We recieved the Hardcover version as a wedding gift and we found it very resourceful and great for family scripture study. However after 9 years, binding became loose and some pages have fallen out. So I purchased the eBook version but I was rather disappointed. Contents are the same but Scripture and Notes sections are separated as different "chapters" and they are not integrated. There are no links to the Notes from scripture section so navigating through to find an appropriate note is very troublesome and destruct from actual scripture study. Unless they update it with direct links to notes and or side-by-side view, I would NOT recommend the eBook version.