Join the Project
Welcome to the Book of Mormon Project! This project is intended to engage the world–members of The Church of Jesus Christ as well as those of all faiths–in a personal study and reading of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. For more About the Project, follow this link.
Ways to be involved:
1) Join The Book of Mormon Project as a listener/viewer.
Friends of all faiths and members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (nicknamed “Mormons”) can simply click on the Book of Mormon tab on the homepage and begin streaming audio-visual renderings of The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. No need to hold anything in your hands. Just sit and listen, reflect, and ponder the words of Christ in this modern volume of scripture intended for and delivered to us by God through miraculous means. Receive a message from the Savior to you today–and everyday. Then share the site with friends and virtual neighbors.
2) Create a video.
If you’d like to capture yourself and/or some of your friends and family reading a passage of The Book of Mormon for inclusion in our site, we welcome your participation. Just fill out the following form, and we will send you additional information. You will be able to choose from selected passages, those that you will read and video-tape. Selected videos will be embedded into the site with the corresponding text of the Book of Mormon passages.
This is a wonderful way not only to share who you are and what you believe as a member of Christ’s restored Church, with the world, but to also record for your posterity, your reading and by extension, your witness of The Book of Mormon, for generations to come.
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Video Creation Tips:
It is important to think about the audio accompanying your video, as sound recording can affect the overall quality of a video. If possible, enhance your recording by using an external microphone. Please be aware of the following:
The built-in microphone on your webcam will struggle to record usable sound if your subject is any further than 3 feet away from the camera.
Be aware of the background noise – try and record somewhere quiet, if possible. Good sound is an absolute must. Background noise, poor volume, hum or static; these should all be avoided.
Avoid touching the microphone and think about where it is positioned in relation to your subject.
Plenty of light will make an incredible difference in the quality of the video footage that you shoot. Shooting outside will give you the best results, but if you’re shooting inside, try to turn on as many lights as possible, and bring them close to your video subject.
Use a tripod. If you don’t have access to a tripod, make sure your camera will stay steady. You can set it on top of a flat surface at the appropriate height.
Before you hit the red button, look at your shot and see if you have everything in it that you want and that it is framed nicely. Do this as you would if you were taking a still picture; prior to pressing ‘record,’ not after. Good shot composition uses the ‘Rule of Thirds.’ This is where you treat the screen as being divided into a tic-tac-toe pattern (see figure 1). When framing a person, you want their eyes on the top line and the center of their head on the left or the right line (i.e., facing inward). Although this may cut off the top of the subject’s head, it will provide the proper balance.
Look at some of our sample videos. Get creative. If the scene calls for a mountain top shot as in 1 Nephi 11, record it on a mountain. If it is an ocean scene, record at a beach, etc. Approach your planning and recording in prayer. Have the Spirit with you; it will come across in your delivery. Be real. We are not looking for professional productions.
3) Like and comment on a video. Share videos on Facebook and in social media.
Stay tuned as we develop and share additional ways for to share these videos globally.