The Book of Mormon Challenge Anniversary

August 21st, 2008  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  6 Comments

Three years ago, President Gordon B. Hinckley issued a challenge to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. has reissued that challenge, and I’ve taken them up on it. If you’d like to follow along with me, join our group on Facebook (search for “Book of Mormon Challenge Anniversary”).

I was glad to participate in the original challenge, even though I didn’t get going very quickly in the beginning. Although I did have to read for a couple of hours at the end of the challenge, it provided me with an experience that I won’t soon forget. My wife and I both finished just before the end of the year while we were on vacation from school, and I can vividly remember the experience of sitting at the dining room table and reading scriptures.

So far I’m just two days into my 90-day reading schedule, but things are going pretty well. You can read my earlier review of to learn more, but basically this site can send you a copy of your assigned reading each day via email, which comes as a friendly reminder to read the scriptures that day. It works all of the standard words (The Bible, The Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) as well as many other church materials including Church Magazines and Sunday lessons. Here’s a quote from the newsletter about the new challenge:

Our Read the Scriptures program was inspired through the Book of Mormon reading challenge President Hinckley issued in August 2005: “I offer a challenge to members of the Church throughout the world and to our friends everywhere to read or reread the Book of Mormon.”

That was 3 years ago! We would like to issue this challenge again to all who will join us on this anniversary of the Book of Mormon reading challenge!

Join with all your friends, family, and people around the world to read the Book of Mormon once again before the end of 2008.

To quote President Hinckley: “…there will come into your lives and into your homes an added measure of the Spirit of the Lord, a strengthened resolution to walk in obedience to His commandments, and a stronger testimony of the living reality of the Son of God.”

-Read The Scriptures Newsletter, August 20th, 2008

So whether it’s online or the old-fashioned way, I encourage you all to participate in the challenge! If you’d like to join this challenge with me, feel free to join our Facebook Group. If you don’t have a copy of the Book of Mormon, you can request a free copy to be delivered to you.


  1. Beth says:

    August 21st, 2008 at 6:53 pm (#)

    As this blog’s number-one fan, I am so there. :mrgreen:

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    October 3rd, 2008 at 11:22 am (#)

    I did the challenge the first time around and felt like it was a great way to read it condensed into 3 months. It gives you a goal and encourages you to stick with it each night. You don’t want to miss a day or you have to read double the next day. I should definitely try doing it again.

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