During tonight’s Christmas devotional, the First Presidency announced the publication of new videos portraying the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. These short videos are a gift to the world from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The videos are available online at “The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos” (biblevideos.lds.org). Today, there are 6 videos related to the Savior’s birth. During the coming months, more videos will be added to this inspiring collection, which will eventually include over 100 videos depicting scenes from Christ’s life, ranging from the angel foretelling Christ’s birth to the Savior’s Resurrection.

  • The website and videos are in English (biblevideos.lds.org), Spanish (videosdelabiblia.org), and Portuguese (VideosBiblicos.org). Each video is accompanied by the scriptural text from the King James Version of the Bible. The website is optimized for desktop computers, tablets, and mobile phones. The website’s media player is the same used in other Church websites and is compatible with most devices.
  • A free iPad app will be available through the App Store in about a week. It offers a new way to experience Bible stories through sight, sound, and touch. It includes all the videos from the website, as well as maps, photo slideshows, and biblical facts. The app will be in English, but Portuguese and Spanish are coming, as well as additional platforms.
  • The videos have a very liberal policy on sharing and reuse. “We want to help our own members strengthen their faith in Jesus Christ, and we offer this freely to other churches who may wish to use these videos in a similar way” said Elder Lynn G. Robbins, Executive Director of the Media Services Department. The Terms of Use state that “Unless otherwise indicated, you may view, download, share, post on a Web site, publically display, and otherwise use the Services only for personal, home, non-profit, or church use, which is both incidental and noncommercial.”
  • Subscribe by RSS or e-mail (in the footer of the website) to receive updates when new videos are added.
  • A Share button is found at the top of each page to easily share the videos through Google+, Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. There is also an option to send a video as an e-card with a personal message.

Below is an introductory video explaining more about this gift.

The videos come from footage shot at the Church’s new LDS Motion Picture Studio South Campus in Goshen, Utah, where filming for the New Testament Scripture Library Project began in August of this year. The project will yield more than 100 vignettes portraying the life of Christ, taken directly from the text of the King James Version of the Bible.  The goal is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ by assembling one of the finest collections of Bible videos in the world.

The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos website is intended to provide people throughout the world with a new and meaningful way to learn about and share the teachings of Jesus Christ. Through these videos, individuals can explore biblical environments, watch scripture-based stories come to life, view slideshows, and discover additional insights into biblical accounts.

Please watch and share these videos with family and friends and use them in Church assignments. As you learn about the life and teachings of our Savior, you will come to know Him more deeply, and your testimony of His gospel will grow. Who can you think of right now that you can share this website with?

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