Denial ain't just a river in Egypt. -Mark Twain
Question #19222 posted on 10/06/2005 3:13 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I was talking with my roommates last night about President Hinckley's challenge to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. One of my roommates said that she was told (I might add that it as not an authoritative source, just a random friend) that such challenges to read the Book of Mormon specifically in a certain time period have been issued twice before from the prophet. Once the challenge was followed by the revelation that allowed all worthy men to receive the priesthood, and once it was followed by a significant revelation regarding a change in the temple endowment. If this is true, it certainly seems significant. It makes sense that increasing the spirituality of members world-wide would prompt greater revelation anyhow. Is there any way someone at the all-knowing Board can verify if this is true, and if so, when the challenges were issued? I would think that any official request would be issued as this one was, by means of a letter to all the bishops to be read in Sacrament meeting. Is there any where that one could find all these letters, or better yet, search for something specific (such as this challenge) in only these letters. A long search of provided us with no leads. Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. If this is utterly false, maybe you could just send me an email, or edit the question, so it doesn't start massive rumors. Imagine the speculation that could ensue church-wide if such a myth were propogated!

- chicken dust

A: Dear chicken dust,

I have browsed all the First Presidency articles around the appropriate time frames and also talked with a handful of people who were around for those two events. Neither attempt at research gave me anything. None of the articles seemed to contain such a request to read the Book of Mormon by a certain date and none of the people I spoke with recall such a request being made.

I feel fairly confident in saying that your roommate is mistaken.

-Pa Grape