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  • The Scriptorium

    3/16/2013

    Mormon Church Rewrites it’s History….again

    Filed under: — Jennifer Rast @ 2:12 am

    There have already been thousands of documented changes made to the Book of Mormon since Joseph Smith used his “seer’s stone” and a hat to translate it. Now, it seems the LDS church is trying to fix more problems by selective editing of their texts. From polygamy to blacks not being allowed to hold the priesthood, there is a lot of cleaning up to do. I would ask Mormons to consider this question, “Was Joseph Smith wrong, or was God wrong?” God does not need editing, but men do.

    A newly released digital edition of the four books of LDS or Mormon scripture—the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price—includes editorial changes that reflect a shifting official view on issues like polygamy, the Church’s history of racism, and the historicity of LDS scripture.

    Perhaps the most significant is the inclusion of a new heading to precede the now-canonized 1978 announcement of the end of the LDS Church’s ban on black priesthood ordination:

    The Book of Mormon teaches that “all are alike unto God,” including “black and white, bond and free, male and female” (2 Nephi 26:33). Throughout the history of the Church, people of every race and ethnicity in many countries have been baptized and have lived as faithful members of the Church. During Joseph Smith’s lifetime, a few black male members of the Church were ordained to the priesthood. Early in its history, Church leaders stopped conferring the priesthood on black males of African descent. Church records offer no clear insights into the origins of this practice.

    I would offer Satan as a definite source of this practice, along with Polygamy.

    To read about the rest of the changes and omissions click here.

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