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New maps, photos aid scripture study

New maps and photographs are now available in LDS editions of the standard works.

Produced under the direction of the Church's Scriptures Committee, the "Bible Maps and Photographs" and "Church History Chronology, Maps, and Photographs" are included in newly bound editions of LDS scriptures or can be purchased separately as inserts to present scriptures, said Josiah Douglas, manager of core curriculum in the Church's Curriculum Department.

"The primary objective was to help people better study the scriptures by providing improved maps and photographs," Brother Douglas explained.

For example, earlier versions of the Triple Combination (which includes the Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) include four black-and-white Church history maps. The new maps and photographs include seven color maps with corresponding numbers directing the reader to brief explanations of what Church history events took place at that location and what revelations were received there. There are also 16 color photographs, which also include directions to explanations of what took place at that historical site. A place-names index provides readers quick direction to map sites.

Of particular help to readers — both new converts and lifelong members — is a brief "Chronology of Church History." It includes major events beginning with Joseph Smith's birth on Dec. 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont, through President Gordon B. Hinckley's announcement in April 1998 that the Church would strive for 100 temples by the year 2000.

The new "Bible Maps and Photographs" also include an index of "place-names," along with 14 color maps, again with corresponding numbers directing readers to brief explanations, and 32 color photographs, also with brief explanations. For example, photograph no. 31 shows the "ruins of the Greek theater at Ephesus, where the Apostle Paul preached."

Speaking of the project which included participation by rep- resentatives of the Curriculum Department Church Educational System and Correlation Department, Brother Douglas explained the new inserts came about from the successful use of Church-produced maps and photographs included in non-English versions of LDS scriptures.

Although the maps and photographs have changed, Brother Douglas emphasized, the scriptures themselves have not changed. It is not necessary to purchase new scriptures, he added, although Church distribution centers have been discounting current versions of the scriptures and including free copies of the new inserts upon purchase.

Those who wish to purchase inserts separately will find them available at distribution centers for $1 — in all scripture sizes.

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