The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced its endorsement of the 48th annual observance of National Bible Week.

"We commend the Laymen's National Bible Association for its annual sponsorship of National Bible Week in the United States and we heartily endorse efforts to promote a national focus on the scriptures during the week of Nov. 20-27," the First Presidency said in a statement."The Holy Bible is a divine library containing the works of many prophets and inspired writers. It is a revered volume in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and stands as a witness to the divinity of the Savior, Jesus Christ. It is especially valuable inasmuch as it contains his teachings which, when adhered to, enhance the quality of life of the individual and of society in general.

The First Presidency said it encourages regular reading of the Bible and other holy scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ.