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David R. Hocking

Annotated Book of Mormon

Annotated Book of Mormon

Another Testament of Jesus Christ

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The Book of Mormon is an account of the “former inhabitants of this continent” that contains “the fulness of the everlasting gospel….as delivered by the Savior to the ancient inhabitants,” (Joseph Smith-History, 1:34) who were the “other sheep” Jesus spoke of during His ministry in Jerusalem.

The Annotated Book of Mormon was the first in the Annotated Sacred Texts Series and has set a new standard in the arena of latter-day Gospel study.  It was created to help readers understand the everlasting gospel as explained in the text, together with what the modern prophets and apostles have taught about it. The text has been reformatted so readers can identify natural conversations, poetic speech patterns, prophecies, and the words of God. The annotations include prophetic commentaries on quoted scripture and the use of colored text. (See “A Text Formatting Guide,” pp. xxv and xxvi). These elements bear witness to the divinity of this ancient text by drawing upon Hebrew tradition—much different from nineteenth-century rural America known to Joseph Smith.

The Annotated Book of Mormon also focuses on an important part of Moroni’s introduction; i.e., the “former inhabitants of this continent.” Joseph Smith, writing in Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1842, explained that “the remnant [of these ancient inhabitants] are the Indians that now inhabit this country.” (See Appendix, “Church History—Wentworth Letter,” pp. 546-549.) Oliver Cowdery mentioned this in his Letter VII (see p. 515).

As with other annotated edition books by David R. Hocking, this work has similar features, including navy blue leather, gold embossing, gilded pages, red-lettering, prophetic insights, and cross-references to other scripture.


  • Large format (8.75x11.25)
  • Leather bound
  • The navy blue cover is richly gold-embossed
  • Page edges gilded in gold
  • Full-color interior, every page contains meaningful color
  • Words of the Savior in red making it the first-ever red-letter edition of the Book of Mormon
  • Words of angels in blue
  • Words taken from the Brass Plates in blue italics
  • Plus so much more you have to see with your own eyes!

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About the author

David R. Hocking is an accomplished guitarist and singer, a former member of BYU's Young Ambassadors (1969-70). He has a diverse educational background with degrees in electronics engineering and microbiology. David spent several decades in the biotech industry and was the author of many technical papers in that field. David also developed and holds the patent to a rapid test that can detect various forms of sickle cell disease in newborns, children, and adults.

More recently, David has focused his energy on researching ways to illuminate sacred texts. He has been reformatting scripture to help readers better understand them with increased comprehension. He is the managing editor of the Annotated Edition of the Book of Mormon, which was created to help readers understand the everlasting gospel as explained in the text, together with what the modern prophets and apostles have taught about it.

Publisher's Note:

Some have asked, "Wait a minute, The annotations in this edition do not seem to line up with the more popular teachings and ideas of many scholars, intellectuals, and professors of religion, especially with regard to matters of historicity and geography, why not? Do you have some kind of an agenda?" To which we answer, "Yes, we do have an agenda and we want to be very clear about it." Our agenda is to place exclamation points after the words of Prophets, Seers, and Revelators, rather than question marks. At the same time, we DO figuratively place question marks after the words of scholars, historians, influencers, and intellectuals whenever they come in conflict with the words of Prophets. Period.

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