Pause for a moment and picture a copy of the Book of Mormon. What does it look like? Is it slender and blue with gold embossing on the front? Or maybe part of a thicker volume that contains other books of scripture?

But not every copy of the Book of Mormon looks like the “missionary” volume we all picture. Over the years, there has been a surprising variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and more as printers have strived to make the book itself as beautiful as the message inside. These tomes often turn into valued (and sometimes even rare) heirlooms as they’re passed down.

Check out a few of these beautiful, historical copies of the Book of Mormon:

A gorgeously gilded edition of the Book of Mormon. Year unknown.

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