FARMS is grateful to be part of Brigham Young University and is committed to President Merrill J. Bateman's vision of reaching students of the scriptures all over the world through the Internet. Over the past year a professional team has developed our Web site, and we are both pleased with the results and excited about the direction it will take in the coming year. We believe that the investment we have made and continue to make in ensuring that our Web site takes advantage of advances in Internet technology will provide increasing benefits to the FARMS membership.
Currently, the Insights newsletter, the Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, selections from the FARMS Review of Books, and many papers and book selections are available to view or to download and print; popular video lectures are also accessible on our Web site. In 2001 we will be adding video clips of interviews with authors of new publications as well as graphic presentations of study aids and the full text of the FARMS Review of Books.
The FARMS Board of Trustees has approved a new way to join the Foundation through an Online Membership that will benefit our members not only in the United States but worldwide. Online Membership will provide FARMS members access to FARMS publications as quickly and inexpensively as possible.
FARMS remains committed to the printed medium, and we understand that the Internet is not available to all our members and that many of us still prefer to receive FARMS publications in the mail. However, mailing and production costs continue to increase, and it has become necessary to revise the level of memberships that receive our publications. We have also introduced new Silver, Gold, and Liahona Membership options. These are geared toward those who wish to participate more fully in supporting FARMS in its research on the Book of Mormon and other ancient scripture and who want to receive FARMS publications that are not automatically included in the Combined Membership.
Effective 1 January 2001 we will introduce the following membership options:
Print Membership remains $25 per year, plus a $10 shipping-and-handling fee to cover 12 mailings per year. Online Membership is $25 per year, but as an introductory offer during January and February 2001, it will be only $15 for 2001. The member Web site will be open to all existing FARMS members during January 2001. After 1 February 2001, members who do not wish to have the Online Membership will no longer have access to the FARMS member Web site. For other membership options, please refer to the rate schedule on page 5.
We would like to thank you for the tremendous support you provide us. As we continue to strive to better meet your needs and to expand our research and publication capabilities, we hope that you will continue to support us. As always, should you have any comments or questions about these new options, please do not hesitate to contact us.