Display of the rare books at BYU. (Courtesy Photo, Deseret News)

Hinckley family donates rare copies of scripture to BYU

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President Gordon B. Hinckley’s five children donated four rare editions of the Book of Mormon and a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants that belonged in their late father’s personal library, according to BYU News.

The donated copies of the Book of Mormon date back to 1840 and include a Nauvoo edition and a Liverpool edition. The Doctrine and Covenants was purchased by President Hinckley in England while he was serving as a full-time missionary, according to lds.org.

The books will be on display through May 2016 at BYU’s Gordon B. Hinckley Alumni and Visitors Center, according to BYU News.

The exhibition is meant to be a visual reminder of President Hinckley’s love for the Book of Mormon and other scripture, according to lds.org.

President Hinckley expressed his appreciation for the Book of Mormon often throughout his life, according to Deseret News.

“I have read much of English literature,” President Hinckley said during his 1993 general conference address. “In my university days, I tasted the beauty and richness of the whole field from ancient to modern times. But withal, I have not received from any of these the inspiration, the knowledge of things sublime and eternal that have come to me from the writings of the prophets found in this volume.”

President Hinckley’s brief notes are including in the margin of a few of the displayed books. One note found in the Liverpool edition states, “This is a valuable book,” according to lds.org.

President Hinckley’s children knew the books could be sold on the open market after their father died, according to LDS Church News.

“But we agreed the best thing to do would be to give them to the Church in some way — and we decided on the Alumni and Visitors Center at BYU,” said Elder Richard G. Hinckley, President Hinckley’s son and emeritus General Authority to LDS Church News.

The display also includes photos of President Hinckley and a replica of the wood cane used towards the end of his life. The original cane could not be found, so the school officials commissioned a replica to be made, according lds.org.

The Hinckley Center is open weekdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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