Season Two Filming of Book of Mormon Videos Wraps Up

Contributed By Danielle Christensen, Church News staff writer

  • 3 July 2018

Elder LeGrand R. Curtis Jr., who heads up the steering committee for the Book of Mormon Video Library project, talks with cast and crew on the set near Springville, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2018.

The second season of the Book of Mormon live-action video series in Springville, Utah, has recently been completed.

According to Mormon Newsroom, the production focuses on prophets Nephi, Jacob, and Enos in the Book of Mormon, bringing “the stories of ancient-American civilization to life” while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through film.

“This allows us to put a face to the names and the stories and allow you to see these people who really lived,” Bill Elliott, media director of the project, told Mormon Newsroom. “They breathed, they walked the land, and these stories are real.”

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.


Set in Hobble Creek Canyon near Springville, Utah, the sets include scenes of settlements from the Book of Mormon in addition to an ancient temple. Sister Reyna I. Aburto, Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, also spoke to Mormon Newsroom about the authentic feel of the scenery.

“I have been in small towns in Latin America, and I just … feel like I’m in one of them,” she said. “So many details reminded me of family members like my grandma, my aunts, my mom. And I think they did a great job in setting the tone here for the filming of the videos.”

The Church began filming the Book of Mormon video series in 2017 close to their Jerusalem movie set in Goshen. Similar to The Life of Jesus Christ Bible Videos, which were finished in 2016, the project is expected to take six years to complete.

According to Mormon Newsroom, the series is being filmed in English but will be distributed in additional languages in the future. Videos of the Book of Mormon series will be available on a new Book of Mormon Videos YouTube channel, LDS.org, Mormon Channel platforms, and current Book of Mormon and Gospel Library apps.

Casting needs are also posted online.

Kymberly Mellen, who plays Sariah in the Book of Mormon Video Library project, sits for an interview on set while shooting season 2 of the series near Springville, Utah, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Christina Torriente-Robey (center), one of three unit directors for season 2 of the Book of Mormon Video Library project, directs a scene on set near Springville, Utah, Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Jackson VanDerwerken, who plays Nephi in the Book of Mormon Video Library project, spent two and a half hours each day during the shooting of season 2 to glue on his beard on set near Springville Utah, June 2018.

A behind-the-scenes look at the crew during the shooting of a scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

Sister Reyna I. Aburto, a member of the steering committee for the Book of Mormon Video Library project, talks with a crew member on set near Springville, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.


Nephi (Jackson VanDerwerken) leads his family through the wilderness during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

A scene taken from the early pages of the Book of Mormon during shooting of the second season of the Book of Mormon Video Library project on set near Springville, Utah, June 2018.

Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk, a member of the steering committee for the Book of Mormon Video Library project greets crew members on set near Springville, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2018.

Sister Reyna I. Aburto, a member of the steering committee for the Book of Mormon Video Library project, talks with cast members on set near Springville, Utah, Friday, June 22, 2018.