And it came to print: Creating a new LDS version of the Bible

Wm. James Mortimer seemed a natural fit to be on the committee to create a new LDS edition of the King James Version of the Bible. As the vice president and general manager of Deseret Book, he was already responsible for producing and distributing scriptures for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Like many Mormons in the 1970s, his scripture reading was casual -- but that was going to change.

"I was asked to serve as the secretary -- the arms and the legs as it were -- of three very busy members of the Quorum of the Twelve," Mortimer said. The Scriptures Publication Committee was led by Elder Thomas S. Monson, of the Quorum of the Twelve and committee chairman, and Elders Boyd K. Packer and Bruce R. McConkie of the Quorum of the Twelve.

Many other volunteers on the committee worked on the content of the new Bible -- creating extensive footnotes, a topical guide, references to the Joseph Smith Translation, revising and expanding the Bible dictionary, and more. Mortimer's responsibility, however, was the typesetting, proofreading and publishing of the book.

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