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The Improvement Era, Vol. 64, No. 12, December 1961, pp. 924-925Joseph Fielding Smith's Response BoM Changes; “During the past week or two I have received a number of letters from different parts of the United States written by people, some of whom at least are a little concerned because they have been approached by enemies of the Church and enemies of the Book of Mormon, who have made the statement that there have been one or two or more thousand changes in the Book of Mormon since the first edition was published. Well, of course, there is no truth in that statement.

“It is true that when the Book of Mormon was printed the printer was a man who was unfriendly. The publication of the book was done under adverse circumstances, and there were a few errors, mostly typographical – conditions that arise in most any book that is being published – but there was not one thing in the Book of Mormon or in the second edition or any other edition since that in any way contradicts the first edition, and such changes as were made were made by the Prophet Joseph Smith because under those adverse conditions the Book of Mormon was published. But there was no change of doctrine.

“Now, these Sons of Belial who circulate these reports evidently know better. I will not use the word that is in my mind.” – Joseph Fielding Smith

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 March 17 – The revolving door in Mormon canon. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is never a God of confusion.  “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints”.

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Several days ago I came across an archived Salt Lake Trib article outlining significant racism-in-the-mormon-church-226changes in two chapter headings for the BoM. Included in Peggy Stack’s report were comments provided by a few noteworthy people; all of which are LDS.

To read article in full, see Church removes racial references in Book of Mormon headings. Their changes are in the chart below.

Now, contrary to the comments in the Trib article, the only reason for the changes is abundantly clear. They’re trying to cover up blatantly racist doctrines still plaguing the Church today. Although they tried to shift blame onto Bruce McConkie for the unacceptable chapter headings, they’re left without excuse. He’s an easy out simply because he’s deceased.

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History of the Church, 4:461 (28 November 1841); “I told the brethren that the Book of Mormon was the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book.” – Joseph Smith, Jr. [emp. mine]

BoM Just like anyone else, whenever I read the Church has made changes to the Book of Mormon, I think about Smith’s claim noted above. If it was so perfect, why did it need a revision? And so it was, when I came across two noteworthy items in the Sunstone Magazine.

The Church’s revision about the Lamanites will always be a prime example of why the Book of Mormon isn’t true. Anytime you make excuses for, and ultimately change the entire narrative for why your book is inspired of God, you’ve created a huge credibility problem for yourself.

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Deuteronomy 32:4; “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

humpty_with_the_king-unbooks-from-wikia Book of Mormon 1830 ed., Alma 46:40-41; “And there were some who died with fevers, which at some seasons of the year, was very frequent in the land; but not so much so with fevers, because of the excellent qualities of the many plants and roots which God had prepared, to remove the cause of diseases which was subsequent to man, by the nature of the climate. 41 But there were many who died with old age; and those who died in the faith of Christ, are happy in him, as we must needs suppose.” [emp. mine]

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1 Corinthians 15:1-4; “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.”

kjv-king-james-version1_660x303 1830 ed., Alma 5:48; “I say unto you, that I know of myself that whatsoever I shall say unto you concerning that which is to come, is true; and I say unto you, that I know that Jesus Christ shall come; yea, the Son of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace, and mercy, and truth. And behold, it is he that cometh to take away the sins of the world; yea, the sins of every man which steadfastly believeth on his name.” [emp. mine]

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Galatians 1:6-8; “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

Book of Mormon 1830 ed., p. 32

galatians-16-8“18 And he said unto me, Behold, the virgin which thou seest, is the mother of God, after the manner of the flesh. 21 And the angel said unto me, behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the Eternal Father!…”

Today we’re simply asking a few questions about this BoM passage –

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