BYU Students Jump at Chance to Hold First-Edition Book of Mormon
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To Behold and Be Held

BYU students flocked to the Harold B. Lee Library for the chance to hold a rare, first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon.

Student Rachel King holds a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon inside the BYU library.
Photo by Bradley Slade

“I went over as quickly as I could,” says freshman Rachel J. King (’21), above. She wasn’t after ROC tickets or free Creamery ice cream. She was one of some 150 students who jumped at the chance in October to hold a first-edition copy of the Book of Mormon, one of six in the Harold B. Lee Library’s collection. Raised in Burlington, Washington, King had never seen items from early Church history before. “It was a really special moment,” she remembers. “It will definitely stick with me forever.”