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!

19 Responses so far.

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  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. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!!

  15. Montanamamma says:

    Excited to scripture journal.

  16. 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! :)

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