Competent to Proclaim and Defend the Savior: 30 Years of the LDS Scriptures

“The older generation has been raised without them, but there is another generation growing up. The revelations will be opened to them as to no other in the history of the world. Into their hands now are placed the sticks of Joseph and of Judah. They will develop a gospel scholarship beyond that which their forebears could achieve. They will have the testimony that Jesus is the Christ and be competent to proclaim Him and to defend Him.”

That’s what President Boyd K. Packer (then Elder Packer), President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, said in 1982 about what the recently released edition of the scriptures could do for the rising generation. Now, 30 years after the publication of a new edition of the triple combination in English (which came two years after a Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Bible), an entire generation has grown up benefitting from these scriptures with their cross-references, word explanations and etymology, references to the Joseph Smith Translation, the Topical Guide, the Bible Dictionary, and the gazetteer and maps.

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