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Scott Jackson was thumbing through his family’s treasured Bible in 1995 when he saw it: markings made by his great-grandfather, President Joseph F. Smith.

The specific markings in 1 Peter 3 and 4 suggested that this Bible was the one President Smith was studying during the time he received the revelation known as the Vision of the Redemption of the Dead, now found in Doctrine and Covenants 138.

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Jackson and his siblings donated the Bible to the Church on the 100th anniversary of the revelation. The eight Jackson siblings met President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Brandon Metcalf, an archivist in the Church History Department, at the Church Administration Building on July 10, where they handed the Bible over to the Church.

Jackson and his siblings donated the Bible to the Church on the 100th anniversary of the revelation. The eight Jackson siblings met President M. Russell Ballard, acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, and Brandon Metcalf, an archivist in the Church History Department, at the Church Administration Building on July 10, where they handed the Bible over to the Church.

The Jacksons are descendants of President Joseph F. Smith through his daughter Rachel Smith and President Ballard is a great-grandson through President Joseph F. Smith’s son Hyrum Mack Smith.

President Smith’s signature is found on the inside cover of the bible along with the date, April 1, 1913.

The Jackson family believe the passages marked in 1 Peter 3 and 4 and other passages mentioned in Section 138 influenced President Smith as he prepared to receive the revelation.

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