Wow, a few months ago I posted the Wide Margin Edition of the Book of Mormon.  HUNDREDS of you have come here to download that PDF, which has been astonishing.  Some of you asked for editions of other standard works, and when the new revisions were released recently, you also asked for an updated PDF.  Well, I aim to please; ask and ye shall receive:

Book of Mormon

Doctrine and Covenants

Pearl of Great Price

Old Testament: Genesis-2 Samuel

Old Testament: 1 Kings-Malachi

New Testament

If this is your first time coming across these files, let me explain them a little bit.  These are the official PDF versions of the scriptures, straight from LDS.org.  All I did was go in and take the smaller sized pages, and increase the page size to letter size, without increasing the text size.  This provides you with a file that has the standard text and pagination of the standard works, but HUGE margins where you can write your thoughts, study notes, questions, quotes, lesson guides, references, or whatever you can come up with!  These are offered here free of charge.

To create your own copy, I’d suggest you print these out double-sided, and have them spiral bound so the volume can lay flat when open.  If you’d like, split the printing into two or more sections and bind separately (especially with the Old Testament) for easier writing.  Alternatively, you can three-hole-punch them and put them in a binder, but that just doesn’t look as cool.  I printed my own copy at home, but I had mine bound at the UPS store for somewhere around $5, with a stiff cover for the front and back to protect the pages.  The nice thing about these is that you can do whatever you want with them!  If you find some creative use, just come back and share it in the comments so others can use your nifty idea as well.

So there you have it!  As a side note, these editions are a little different than my first version of the Wide Margin Book of Mormon in the following ways:

  • -I have not offset each left and right page an additional half inch from the center.  Leaving each page centered allows you to print the book one-sided if you’d like.  I originally thought about doing this,  as you’d have the margins of the page of text, plus a whole blank page on the left hand side.  That’s ridiculous amounts of writing space! Tempting, but it would be huge.
  • -I did not increase the size of the text by 10% as I did in the first one.  While it was a little easier to read, it just wasn’t very noticable, and now your margins are just a teeny bit bigger as well.
  • -I added a tiny disclaimer and reference on the inside of the title page.

I hope you enjoy!  Happy studying, scriptorians!

46 Responses so far.

  1. […] 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 […]

  2. Megan & Chris Marohn says:

    Thank you sooo much for doing this. My husband and I are early morning seminary teachers and this type of resource will be invaluable in preparing our lessons. We really appreciate your efforts!

  3. Teresa says:

    Thank you for this great idea and for providing it free to download and print. I am excited to finally have space to take notes as I study without having to put post-it notes in my scriptures.

  4. Kel says:

    so very cool. I was looking for a pdf file version, but had not found it. Thanks!

  5. Tom says:

    I LOVE this idea. It doesn’t seem to be working though. Can you check the links or email me the pdf files?

  6. Lora says:

    Thank you! This is wonderful! I can’t wait to try it! Why hadn’t I thought of this before?!!! Thank you!

  7. Jake says:

    This is seriously awesome..thanks for doing something so helpful…
    Is there anyway you could do it in spanish? Or explain to me a brief procedure to how this was done to my email so I can do it? That would be a huge help..thanks so much!

    • bradjackman says:

      I just posted instructions on how to create wide margin scriptures on Darkrats’ comment, check those out and they should help you make a Spanish set as well. If it doesn’t work, let me know and I’ll post some here. Good luck!

  8. darkrats says:

    Can you post instructions for making the wide margin document? Thanks.

    • bradjackman says:

      You bet!

      First step is to download the PDF of the scripture files from . This links to the english scriptures, if you click on “english” in the upper right hand corner of the page and select a different language, you can access PDFs for a whole variety of languages. Save the desired file to your computer.

      Now here’s the tricky part, you’ll need a PDF editor, I use Adobe Acrobat Pro, because that’s what I already have, but there might be others that would do the same thing, not sure. Anyway, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro, open the page thumbnail tab, select all pages using CTRL+A, then right-click on one of them. Select the “Crop pages” option, and it should open a dialog called “Set Page Boxes.” In that dialog, there’s an option called “Change Page Size,” and you simply select “letter,” then “ok” to apply the change. That’s it! Pretty simple really.

      If I remember right, when I first did them, I increased the page size to just shy of letter, then printed the PDF to a new file using the PDF print option, and had it scale the pages up to letter, just slightly, to increase the text size a tiny bit, but it wasn’t really necessary.

      Anyway, happy studying!

  9. Kelli says:

    I’m excited to come across this wide margin edition of the scriptures. When I try to download the files, I get an error message. It reads:

    This page contains an error message:
    error on line 1 at column 1: Document is empty
    error on line 1 at column 1: Encoding error

    I’ve tried right clicking and downloading as well as simply clicking the link. Not sure what I’m doing wrong. Any suggestions?

  10. Diane says:

    I have also run up against the same issue as stated above. In the past I was able to download and print the scriptures….but can no longer do this. If anyone has been through this and solved it, I would be thrilled to know what to do.

    THank you!!!
    Diane

  11. emily says:

    brilliant idea. I’ve been looking for just such a solution so I recreated your file from the instructions above and I’m thrilled. Thanks so much! (ps, you should submit this idea to mormon life hacker, it’s really a great idea.)

  12. Jen Wecker says:

    This is a wonderful project. I am getting an error message when I try to open them. Please advise. Would love to print them all.

  13. Tabby says:

    I’m glad you did this. (So I don’t have to.) I am taking classes and this will help a LOT. One things I found (from my MATH class!) that if you bind it with the reading material on the LEFT of the spiral binding and the blank page is on the RIGHT (for right-handed people) you can make notes much easier. “Read what is on the left side and write on the right side.” It is printed the same as usual, the difference is how it is bound. And ask for heavier paper, so your notes don’t crease through the back of the page, or ink bleed through. The usual 20-Pound is too thin. 65-Pound may be too heavy.

  14. Nancy says:

    This is great! I’m going to bind mine using the Circa (or Arc by Staples) binding, which makes it easy to add or replace pages as needed.
    http://www.levenger.com/circa-notebooks-339.aspx
    http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/marketing/arc/

    I’m excited to print this for my son who starts seminary next year

  15. Laurie says:

    This is amazing. Thank you!!

    This link is how I found you. Have you seen what they’ve done?? Amazing creativity! :)

    http://www.ldslane.net/2015/09/book-of-mormon-journaling.html

    Thanks, again!!

  16. Montanamamma says:

    Excited to scripture journal.

  17. Heidi says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. They will be a huge help to me as a first-year seminary teacher! :)

  18. Neil says:

    This is incredible! I have been looking all over for a set of scriptures with wider margins where I could take more notes. I had mine printed today and will pick it up at lunch! Thanks for doing this.

  19. Mottie says:

    I think this is wonderful. I am running out of space for my thoughts and notes, even with post it notes. However, I have a quick question. Is this a copy write violation to print this out?

  20. Ann Marie Webb says:

    Thank you so much!! Like you I have loved the beautiful pictures on Instagram of the Illustrated Bible. I wanted to do the BOM but didn’t know how. This is so exciting! I really appreciate your work!

  21. Thank you so much! I’m using this for personal study. It helps so much.

  22. Sallie says:

    I could not be more excited!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to create these books and also for sharing them FOR FREE!

    My Book Of Mormon has post-its, quotes glued into the crease and quotes glued over the bottom references. And it is THICK! It never hurts to start again from the beginning. I am so grateful for your efforts.

    Thank you so much!

  23. Ryan says:

    Awesome! Thank you for this free service.

  24. Julie says:

    REALLY excited to find this. I think it is exactly what I need.

    So, deciding whether to print front/back or not. If so, can they just do that for you at a copy place with the pdf file on a flash drive?

    Wondering about the comment above about having scripture passages on left and blank on right….that is so tempting too.

    Can’t decide!!! Anyway, thanks!

  25. Debbie Olson says:

    Thank you so much for the standard works in wide margin. I have been wanting this for so long so I could do my Journaling right in the margins. I mailed the link to myself and pinned it so I wouldn’t forget where to find it. Thanks so much! !!

  26. Thanks so much for doing this! I think one of the best things about the LDS Community is that they create things and share them with others, knowing that by doing so we can all grow and progress! Many thanks! (I might use this for a Relief Society Enrichment event in October, I’ll let you know!) Found you through ldslane.net

  27. Shannon says:

    This is an answer to a prayer. I struggle with scripture study, my mind wanders whenever I read anything. Being able to write my thoughts on the page I’m reading is a huge help to keep my focus and keep me reading. THANK YOU for your efforts to put this together and for sharing it with the rest of us!!

  28. Carole says:

    love it. i will love to have the french edition with wide margin but i don’t have the adobe acrobat pro to dit. I will be great to have it here. Thanks.

  29. Jody says:

    Dear Bro Jackman. Thanks a million. Perfect for studying and teaching my Seminary class. Just Awesome.

  30. Franci says:

    Thank you so much! I love to journal and draw and read the scriptures. I plan to make one for myself, but also for my artist son who is currently serving a mission. How cool would this be for him to journal and draw in while on his mission. I can’t wait to see his results and I haven’t even printed these yet. Better got on it! Thanks again! :)
    OH, and they would make great gifts for YW.

  31. […] did I mention, I’m in love the print your own pages Book of Mormon (http://www.bradjackman.com/wide-margin-edition-all-standard-works/).  I especially love that I can simply reprint a page if I don’t like how the overall page is […]

  32. Elizabeth Wenig says:

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. I started Bible journaling a few months ago and have been yearning for a BOM journal. THANK YOU!!

  33. Edie says:

    I love this idea. I am into journaling and would like something for scripture studying. I love drawing and handlettering. This allows me to do all of it. If it works out do you mind if I put a link to your website and this page? Thanks so much.

  34. Candice says:

    I stumbled across these today and wanted to say THANK YOU! You’re so kind to share these with everyone, and I’m looking forward to great studying.

  35. […] Mormon (standard size) on 8.5×11 paper so that you have huge margins to write in. Here is the link to an already put together .PDF so that you don’t have to fuss with making it […]

  36. […] I ran across Brad Jackman’s wide margined scriptures, I realized I could make Bible journaling and Book of Mormon Journaling a […]

  37. Cindy paskett says:

    Hey there! I am so excited to get these printed but my copy place says I need permission do you have any ideas on what they want?

    • bradjackman says:

      The original PDF is available from the Church for free for anyone, you can have them google “Book of Mormon PDF” and find it. Copying it is not prohibited, selling it probably is. However, some copy shop places just avoid any headache by denying anything that looks commercial. You can usually copy anything you want for personal use, but if they’re adamant, just try to take your business elsewhere I guess. Sorry, please let me know if/how you end up finding a satisfactory resolution with the copy shop. Alternately, find a friend with a double-sided laser printer and bring them a big pan of brownies! Good luck!

  38. Oliana says:

    Thank you! This is awesome! Do you sell the wide margin BOM copy? Or we make our own copy?

    • bradjackman says:

      I don’t sell them for a couple reasons, but you can make your own fairly cheaply. There’s a couple ways to do it. 1) Download the PDF and print it double-sided (or SINGLE-sided if you’re REALLY ambitious with your notes!) from your own laser printer. Probably will cost you about $0.03 per page, or something like that if you have a small-business grade B&W laser printer. 2) Take it to a copy shop and have them print it double sided, let them bind it and put a cheap plastic cover on it for you. It’s probably about $0.10 per page, so something like $40 total. 3) Use an online printing service. There are a lot of places that will print and bind it pretty cheap, but then the shipping price brings you up near the local copy shop prices. I checked BestValueCopy.com and it looked like they would print and bind it for about $16.00, but the cheapest shipping option was around $20.

      Good luck!

      • Oliana says:

        Yes thank you for your comment. I’m in NZ and I think it’ll cost a lot to take to a printing place so I will try and do it myself….somehow!!lol. Thanks again :)

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