In the August 2005 Ensign, President Gordon B. Hinckley wrote: 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...
Without reservation I promise you that if each of you will observe this simple program, regardless of how many times you previously may have read the Book of Mormon, 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.
The purpose of this Project is to listen to (and/or read) the Book of Mormon on a daily schedule. We are currently engaged in the twentieth round of the Project, which will run from 1 January to 30 April 2011.
This community exists to provide a place for all participants to share their progress, observations and inspirations as they go through the listening experience. However, no participant is required to make any posts at all. This is to be a low-pressure, low-stress motivational forum to help people feel enthused about the Book of Mormon. All community posts, therefore, must be on-topic and relating directly to the Project. The moderators are the ultimate arbiters of what directly relates to the Project.
Please respect Church standards when posting, particularly with regards to avoiding foul or suggestive language. It is fervently hoped that this issue will not have to dealt with at all. The community is a haven for testimony-enhancing experiences for all faiths. Tolerance and respect are necessary in order to accomplish this ideal.
Likewise, normal LiveJournal etiquette is appreciated. Please LJ-Cut all lengthy posts and posts with images. No ads or solicitations will be tolerated.
This community will also furnish daily update reminders of where we are on the schedule. Thus, your Friends' List will also serve as a schedule to help you as you participate.
If you miss an assignment or two, don't sweat it. The main objective here is cultivating the Spirit in a few random moments during the day. Finishing the Book of Mormon is a desirable result, but not mandatory.
The schedule for this round of the Project is as follows:
This is a moderated community. Membership is strictly controlled so we can hopefully spend our time enjoying the experience and the Spirit.
To participate, you may choose to point your browser to this page in the website of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where you will find several options for this Project. You can choose to download the entire Book of Mormon (a 350MB .ZIP archive), download .ZIP files of the individual books, or, if you want to listen through your computer, you can access each individual chapter via the Quicktime mp3 files at that same page.
It is also possible, of course, to participate in this project through WindowsMedia files, prerecorded audio cassettes or compact discs. We're not picky.
There are reports that some are even electing to simply read the Book!
This project is not intended to replace careful study and pondering of the scriptures, but is merely engaged in with the hopes that we will be a little less guilty when we are asked what we did to make the Book of Mormon more of a priority in our life.
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