Watch the first video in the Book of Mormon series

The first episode in the Book of Mormon video series has been released.

Opening with a scene of Jerusalem set at about 600 B.C., the video shows the first and second chapters from the first book of Nephi in the Book of Mormon. In these chapters, the prophet Lehi receives a vision that the city of Jerusalem will be destroyed because of their wickedness.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the Book of Mormon videos series

Although Lehi attempts to warn the people, he is mocked for his teachings and is directed by the Lord to flee to the wilderness with his family.

The filming of the video series has taken place at the Church’s Motion Picture Studio in Provo, Utah, and at the “Jerusalem Movie Set” in Goshen, Utah. The Church is currently shooting the third season of Book of Mormon videos, which includes content from King Benjamin to the time of Alma the Younger.

President Russell M. Nelson tweeted about the Book of Mormon video series on Sept. 20, and how he hopes that they will support members’ studies of the scripture — in 2020, the “Come, Follow Me” curriculum will focus on the Book of Mormon.

In a Church News article, Sister Reyna I Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and a member of the video project’s steering committee, spoke of how the new series of videos will help people have a closer connection with the Book of Mormon.

Ryan Wood, who plays the part of Abinadi, talks with Sister Reyna I. Aburto second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a media day for the Book of Mormon videos series production in Provo, Utah, at the Motion Picture Studio on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019.
Ryan Wood, who plays the part of Abinadi, talks with Sister Reyna I. Aburto second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during a media day for the Book of Mormon videos series production in Provo, Utah, at the Motion Picture Studio on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Credit: Scott G Winterton

“This is going to make such a big difference in so many lives, because the truths that are contained can change lives. These videos are going to help with the process, because they hopefully are going to bring people to the book,” she said.

According to Newsroom, the release dates of subsequent Book of Mormon videos will be the following:

  • September 27: Nephi Is Led by the Spirit to Obtain the Plates of Brass |1 Nephi 3–5
  • October 4: Ishmael’s Household Joins Lehi’s Family | 1 Nephi 7
  • October 11: Lehi Sees a Vision of the Tree of Life | 1 Nephi 8
  • October 18: The Lord Guides Lehi’s Journey | 1 Nephi 16
  • October 25: The Lord Commands Nephi to Build a Ship | 1 Nephi 17–18
  • November 1: Lehi’s Family Sails to the Promised Land | 1 Nephi 18
  • November 8: Lehi Gives His Family a Final Blessing | 2 Nephi 1–4
  • November 15: The Nephites Separate from the Lamanites | 2 Nephi 5
  • November 22: Jacob Teaches of the Atonement of Jesus Christ | 2 Nephi 6–10
  • November 29: Nephi Teaches the Doctrine of Christ | 2 Nephi 31–32
  • December 6: Nephi Records His Final Testimony | 2 Nephi 33
  • December 13: Jacob Teaches about Pride and Chastity | Jacob 2–3
  • December 20: Sherem Denies Christ | Jacob 7
  • December 27: Enos Prays Mightily | Enos 1

The Book of Mormon videos will available on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, in the Gospel Library app and on the new Book of Mormon Videos YouTube channel.