This is my old copy, with lots of markings and thoughts in the margins and text.

****UPDATE: A new edition created from the 2013 revised edition of the scriptures is available here. Also, all four standard works are now available! Check it out!****

At the bottom of this post you’ll find a link for a PDF copy of the Wide Margin Edition of the Book of Mormon, a perfect gift for a student, missionary, or family member!

The Story Behind the Project:

As a missionary in Minnesota, my mission president encouraged us to take 10 days and study the Book of Mormon deeply and intensely, and write down every thought in the margins.  We spent one day on each of the first ten pages of the Book of Mormon.  It was awesome: looking up every reference, thinking about the meaning of words, considering parallel ideas and themes. I continued this for the rest of my mission, at a slightly quicker pace, and spent 8 months going through it a couple hours a day.  This old copy is one of my most prized posessions. The only problem? Not enough margin space.  I looked into getting the super-huge print edition, but there were still tiny margins to write in.  What I dreamed of was a copy with HUGE margins.  But alas, none existed.

A few years after my mission, I started thinking about how I could do this.  On my first attempt I took a copy of the BoM meant for day planners, and photocopied each page onto a full 8.5×11 page.  It took way too long, and was not easily reproducable.  A few years later, I found the official PDF version put out by the Church and wondered, could I use Acrobat to modify the PDF and make a HUGE margin edition that I could share and reprint when needed? Oh yeah.

My WIDE margin edition, with a few notes, and LOTS more room for future study!

So I increased the text size a little, and added huge margins, then printed out a bunch of copies for myself, my family, and several missionaries that I knew out in the field.  I loved it, and then I began wondering how I could get this out to the general public.  And could I make some money for producing these? It only costs $5 to bind and put covers on it at the UPS store, but the printing costs would probably be so much that I couldn’t make a profit off of it.  So I scapped the idea. Then I thought, “Well, I have that old website, why don’t I post it on there for everyone?”

So here it is.  A PDF copy of the Wide Margin Edition of the Book of Mormon.  Print the PDF, double-sided, on a laser printer, or take it to a copy and print shop and have them print it for you.  Spiral bound it so it lays flat. Then mark it up to your heart’s desire.  It becomes more personal and deep than any other scripture study method that I’ve ever tried.  I hope it works for you, and if it does, please leave a comment and tell me how you’ve enjoyed it.

The PDF File:

Download the Wide Margin Edition of the Book of Mormon by right-clicking on this link, then selecting “Save Target As…”  Or you can just click on it normally and use Acrobat Reader to save a copy to your computer.  Enjoy!

27 Responses so far.

  1. John Little says:

    I’ve done this a few years ago with the Church’s New Testament. Is there one for the Old Testament? D&C? or Pgp?

    • bradjackman says:

      I have not done one for any of the other books, but that’s probably a good idea. I’ll see if I can do them up when I get some time, I’ll respond and let you know when/if I get them posted. Thanks for asking!

  2. Mary W. says:

    Is this the version of the scriptures that we have now, or the new version that is available online already?

  3. Lenore Moser says:

    Here’s the new pdf version the Church just came out with.
    http://media.ldscdn.org/pdf/lds-scriptures/triple-combination/triple-combination-eng.pdf

  4. mtalley2tx says:

    Tried to obtain the file to print out or save and it states that The file is either corrupt or protected and cannot be opened for export.

    • bradjackman says:

      That’s too bad. I just emailed you the newest file, hopefully that works for you. Check out all four standard works, now available in wide margin edition!

  5. Becky says:

    Thank you for this – this will be perfect for my studies!

  6. Amanda says:

    Thank you so much! I think this will really help me! I truly appreciate you offering it for free! :)

  7. Wanda says:

    Thank you so much. I’m excited to make this.

  8. I put a link on my Book of Mormon Study page. If this is not ok please let me know and I will remove it.

  9. Michele says:

    Thank you! What a great study tool.

  10. Rachel says:

    Thank you so much! I’ve been looking for something just like this for a long time. I thought about taking a part a book myself and photocopying it, but didn’t think that would be the best idea. This is so much better! Thank you for sharing!

  11. michelle says:

    Thanks for doing this–I’m excited to try it as I have long wished I had more room in the margins.

  12. Lolly says:

    You are my hero. :) In the past year I’ve shifted the way I study and I ADORE this idea of using wider margins!!!! ThANK YOU!!! :) I found the idea on Pinterest – and I’m spreading the word!

  13. Haley says:

    This is wonderful! I can’t wait to print this and increase my study capabilities. Has anyone taken this to a print shop to have them print it for you? Any idea how much the printing costs?

    Thanks again!

    • bradjackman says:

      If I remember right, it was about $5 to have it bound, but I printed mine at home on my own laser printer. Kinkos will probably charge somewhere between $20 and $30 to have it printed, but your local mom and pop print shop might be able to do it for cheaper. If you have it printed, please let us know what it cost. Enjoy!

  14. michelle says:

    :( I’ve been able to download this file but it won’t open–it says that the file is damaged and it cannot be repaired. I’ve tried a couple of different times and on different computers. Any ideas? Any one else having problems? I am really looking forward to using this.

    Thank you!

    • bradjackman says:

      Michelle, sorry you’ve been having trouble. Check out my newest post for a new edition with the 2013 updates. Let me know if you’re still having problems.

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  16. danielle says:

    this is a wonderful idea thank you so much….i printed this so me and my family can use it as a family book of mormon and each can mark our own fav. verses in different colors cant wait to c which scriptures look like a rainbow of colors…. if u do the kjv please let me know would like that as well for us so we can actually use both scripture books as one family untied…. thanks again

  17. jeff hy says:

    Thank you so much. I actually had the same exact experience as you in my mission and have always wished for a wider margin Book of Mormon. I made my own notebook of notes when I went through it and wrote down what I got out of every single verse. That notebook is one of my most precious items. I actually submitted to the church to get approval to get a wide margin printed, but they said no. I can understand why too…it would have looked like they published it and they they just want to make sure that if it looks like they publish it, that they actually do. Anyway, thank you for doing this. Awesome!

  18. Paula Jones says:

    I tried to download the new 2013 version but when I try to open it it says the page has an error. If you could email them to me that would be great! What a great idea!

  19. gigi d says:

    Thanks for this. I am not LDS(nor do I plan to be…) but a family friend really does scripture study as a family daily. This will be a wonderful gift to tell them we accept their beliefs :) also, a bible version of this would be nice!

  20. Diane says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I really appreciate your work and time.

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