The first three editions of the Book of Mormon were personally reviewed and approved by Joseph Smith: The 1830 Palmyra edition, the 1837 Kirtland edition, and the 1840 Nauvoo edition. With each edition, changes were made to correct the text to reach the original meaning. This parallel edition displays these three editions side by side so a reader can compare each printing and better understand the early evolution of the Book of Mormon.
Royal Skousen, a leading expert on the textual history of the Book of Mormon, has spent years studying the text of the Book of Mormon as part of the Critical Texts Project. The Earliest Text compares the earliest manuscripts of the Book of Mormon and fixes over 2,000 textual errors. Most of the corrections are small but offers clarity to the text. The book is regarding by some as the definitive scholarly version of the Book of Mormon.
The Record of the Nephites is a record of the former inhabitants of North and Central America. This book was revealed and translated by the gift and power of God; the year 1829 marked the beginning of the restoration of all things. It is a history of the people who once lived in the region of Central America some of whom are ancestors of the American Indians. Though it contains a record of two other groups of people who once lived here, it is, for the most part, a record of the people of Nephi.
The Restored Covenant Edition (RCE) uses the text from the Original and Printer's manuscripts of the Book of Mormon and was created to restore a knowledge of the covenants in the Book of Mormon. The RCE formats text according to Hebrew parallelisms and highlights the words of Christ in 3 Nephi in red. The authors claimed in 1999 that this was the most accurate edition of the Book of Mormon.
The Book of Mormon is a satirical musical about two Mormon missionaries and their mission to Uganda. The show has won 9 Tony Awards and a Grammy for best musical theater album. Responses to the musical have been both positive and negative. In 2012, in response to the musical the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought advertisements in the playbill with the message “the book is always better.”
Beginning with Joseph Smith's initial visit from the angel Moroni, "How We Got the Book of Mormon" marks each major step in the coming forth of the Book of Mormon as well as significant events in its publication leading up to the 1981 edition. The book also uses photographs and illustrations to give readers a unique view into this narrative. According to the authors the purpose of the book is to help members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints better understand the history of the Book of Mormon.