“We can feel the Lord hastening His work to gather Israel. And with this hastening comes the joyful imperative to simplify and focus," said Sister Michelle D. Craig, second counselor in the Young Women general presidency and a member of the scriptures committee, about the change to the scripture styles.
As has been done in previous years, starting Dec. 15, the Church will reduce the number of styles offered for the aesthetic bindings of the scriptures. Fourteen styles will be reduced in the English translations which will also result in reducing six of the same styles in Spanish, and one style in Portuguese, Japanese, and Korean.
A conscious effort to simplify and reduce printing and production costs of scriptures will allow the Church to produce translated scripture materials in more languages. Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.
The styles being reduced include compact-sizes across all languages in which they are available, snap closure covers, and both brown and burgundy color options. (Military pocket-size products will remain available).
“One of the purposes for this reduction is a movement towards more equity across languages,” said Kelly Gibson, one of the Church’s scriptures product managers. “Most languages have three or four options for their printed scriptures.”