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Living Scriptures, Inc.

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Living Scriptures, Inc.
GenreAnimated books, music and videos
Founded 📆1974
Founder 👔Jared F. Brown and Seldon O. Young
Headquarters 🏙️Ogden, Utah,
Area served 🗺️
Number of employees
🌐 Websitewww.livingscriptures.com
📇 Address
📞 telephone

Living Scriptures, Inc. is an Ogden, Utah based publication house publishing animated books, scriptures, music, and videos aimed at members of the LDS Church.[1][2]

About and history[edit]

Living Scriptures, Inc. was founded in 1974 in Ogden, Utah by Jared F. Brown and Seldon O. Young. Initially they sold audio cassette dramatizations called The Family Hour. In 1976 they developed the telemarketing company NICE Corporation but sold it to Cincinnati Bell in 1988 which is now known as Convergys.[3] The funding collected from the sale was used to further develop their animated Book of Mormon videos. They appointed Richard Rich, the director of The Fox and the Hound and The Black Cauldron for the animated ‘Book of Mormon videos.[4][5] Music of Living Scriptures videos were composed by Lex de Azevedo, with the exception of the song "Heaven Came to the Rescue", composed by James Marsden. Much of the writing was done by Orson Scott Card and Brian Nissen. Boyd Kirkland and Pierre DeCelles were prominent animators and James Coleman did much of the background art.[6].

They also developed dramatized audio tapes, CDs, music, and books. In the early 90s, the company branched out into a live-action, documentary-style series for its adult customers and completed The Docudrama of the Restoration and The Modern Propehts series in 1999 and 2004 respectively. Acclaimed film producer T.C. Christensen finished the last two titles of this series with Praise to the Man and Gordon B. Hinckley: A Giant Among Men.

In 2001 they transitioned from VHS tapes to DVDs. In 2005 Complete Learning System DVDs were released. They also finished to re-mastering all their animated titles and developed a full Spanish version on each of the animated DVDs.[7][8]

In 2015 they released smartphone app for Roku, iOS and Android platforms allowing online streaming and offline access of all of their content. Their streaming program was expanded in 2017 to include partnerships with other religious film-making companies and now houses over 250+ titles for families.

Video publications[edit]

  • Book of Mormon
  • New Testament I
  • New Testament II
  • Old Testament
  • Modern Prophets
  • Hero Classics I
  • Hero Classics II
  • Church Docudrama
  • Visit Israel


  1. Galieti, Nick (7 October 2012). "DVDs: LDS Church presidents George Albert Smith and David O. McKay featured in documentary two-pack". DeseretNews.com. Deseret News. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  2. Megan Noack, Megan. "Summer sales makes perfect job for returned missionaries – The Daily Universe". Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  3. "Living Scriptures, Inc.: Private Company Information - Businessweek". www.bloomberg.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. "LDS Valencia Stake Presents Christmas Story". Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  5. "Dixie State hires chief marketing, communications officer | St George News". St George News. 20 December 2015. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  6. "VeggieTales' Little House That Stood, NEST's Prodigal Son Great for Families". LDS Magazine. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  7. ":: LSI - History". www.livingscriptures.com.
  8. "Do you remember the '90s". Daily Herald. Retrieved 22 June 2016.

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