“Book of Mormon Reaches 140 Million Milestone,” Ensign, Jan. 2009, 77
The 140 millionth copy of the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ was recently distributed, passing another milestone in the book’s history. Since it was first published in 1830, the Book of Mormon has been taken worldwide by more than a million missionaries. It is currently available in 107 languages.
In 2003, Book magazine named the Book of Mormon one of the “20 Books That Changed America” (July/August issue, 59). In October 2007 President Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) described its modern influence: “Through all of these years critics have tried to explain it. They have spoken against it. They have ridiculed it. But it has outlived them all, and its influence today is greater than at any time in its history” (“The Stone Cut Out of the Mountain,” Ensign, Nov. 2007, 83).
The Book of Mormon has been described as the “keystone” of the Church (see Introduction to the Book of Mormon) and is used side by side with the Bible in members’ teaching and personal study.