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| That the 'topical guide' section did have the word polygamy. It lead to the word with a reference to marriage. |
At the marriage/plural site it had four references to one wife, unless commanded etc.
And the cross reference word was......... apostasy of individuals!!!
I'd been checking on current topics if any at the church web site.
I noticed they have discontinued the individual prophet series. we were supposed to study every prophet of the church and there was a separate study manual for each one. JS, Heber J. Grant and BY. The BY one didn't have anything about his words on polygamy and the fact that he had more than one wife, the JS one didn't either.
Now the TSCC has replaced their individual prophet series with ONE BOOK, a study of the prophets with a couple chapters dedicated to each one.
Did they discover there was not enough material on all of the other prophets to fill a whole study manual? Or with the hemoraging of the church were they realizing they'd run out of time for boring the members??? They'd better get people informed fast and on to other things so they don't ask questions or look up the facts about the prophets???? Or did it cost too much to print fireplace starters????
The book is a teachers manual for future classes.
It was listed as "Presidents of the Church Teachers Manual" in the Sunday School section of the lessons.
I was there to see what was the current topic in Sunday School. It was too difficult to pinpoint. Even though we have had over 32 weeks so far this year, it is hard to tell which lesson they are on at church, lessons 30-36???
One has to remember all those primary programs and conferences that cancel out the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class for the week and figure them in too.
But it is what is left out of the manual that really tells the story of the ever changing doctrine of the TSCC. (That never changes!)
| It's time once again for another episode of Mormon Discussion's most exciting and challenging game show,
"Reconcile the Church's Teachings!"
Today, we're going to look at whether the Standard Works are preeminent, or the words of the current prophet are preeminent, in determining what the Church teaches. As a reminder, the Standard Works of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are the King James Bible, The Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price.
First, let's look at what former church president Harold B. Lee said about the Standard Works:
Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Harold B. Lee - Chapter 7: The Scriptures, "Great Reservoirs of Spiritual Water"
We call these the standard Church works because they are standard. If you want to measure truth, measure it by the four standard Church works. … If it is not in the standard works, you may well assume that it is speculation. It is man's own personal opinion, to put it another way; and if it contradicts what is in the scriptures, you may know by that same token that it is not true. This is the standard by which you measure all truth. But if you do not know the standards, you have no adequate measure of truth.
It seems the Correlation Committee left out something with those ellipses in this official church manual, though. Let's go to the Ensign, an official church publication, so we can make sure we have that missing part:
January 2002 Ensign:
If we want to measure truth, we should measure it by the four standard works, regardless of who writes it.
And of course, as the official church publication The Ensign indicates in a footnote, this quote comes from another official church publication, the January 1969 Improvement Era.
So, got it? Harold B. Lee, an apostle and prophet, taught that if something is not in the Standard Works, you may assume that it is speculation or opinion, regardless of who writes it.
Now, let's look at another teaching of a church leader from an official church publication:
Ezra Taft Benson - June 1981 Liahona
The living prophet is more vital to us than the Standard Works.
President Wilford Woodruff tells of an interesting incident that occurred in the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith:
"I will refer to a certain meeting I attended in the town of Kirtland in my early days. At that meeting some remarks were made that have been made here today, with regard to the living prophets and with regard to the written word of God. The same principle was presented, although not as extensively as it has been here, when a leading man in the Church got up and talked upon the subject, and said: 'You have got the word of God before you here in the Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants; you have the written word of God, and you who give revelations should give revelations according to those books, as what is written in those books is the word of God. We should confine ourselves to them.'
"When he concluded, Brother Joseph turned to Brother Brigham Young and said, 'Brother Brigham I want you to go to the podium and tell us your views with regard to the living oracles and the written word of God.' Brother Brigham took the stand, and he took the Bible, and laid it down; he took the Book of Mormon, and laid it down; and he took the Book of Doctrine and Covenants, and laid it down before him, and he said: 'There is the written word of God to us, concerning the work of God from the beginning of the world, almost, to our day. And now,' said he, 'when compared with the living oracles those books are nothing to me; those books do not convey the word of God direct to us now, as do the words of a Prophet or a man bearing the Holy Priesthood in our day and generation. I would rather have the living oracles than all the writing in the books.' That was the course he pursued. When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation; 'Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told youthe truth.' " (Conference Report, October 1897, pp. 18-19.)
In case there's any question as to whether this is the Church's official position, you can go to the Church's official website and look up "Prophets" in the "Gospel Topics" section. Click on the "Church Magazine Articles" tab, and you will get a link to Ezra Taft Benson's "Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet" talk; the above quote is fundamental #2 from that talk.
And, as with President Lee's teaching that anything not in the Standard Works can be assumed to be speculation/opinion, President Benson's teaching that what the prophet says trumps the standard works is also official doctrine in official church manuals. For example:
Teachings of the Living Prophets Student Manual - Religion 333
President Ezra Taft Benson said that the "living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works" ("Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet," in Speeches of the Year, 1980 [Provo: Brigham Young University, 1981], p. 26).
Now let's summarize the Church's official teachings from official church publications:
1. If something is not in the Standard Works, you may assume that it is speculation or opinion, regardless of who writes it. Therefore, if the prophet says something that conflicts with the Standard Works, church members may assume it is his speculation or opinion.
2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the Standard Works. Ergo, if the prophet says something that conflicts with the Standard Works, then the prophet wins because he is the living prophet.
Are you ready to accept the challenge? Let's find out, as you try to
"Reconcile the Church's Teachings!"
| || Comparison By The MRM - Mormon Apostles No Longer Are Special Witnesses Of Jesus Christ - Now Only Witnesses Of THE NAME Of Jesus Christ |
Monday, Jan 23, 2012, at 09:50 AM
Original Author(s): Fetal Deity
Topic: CHANGING DOCTRINE -Link To MC Article-
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| The Gospel Principles manual (chapter 14) used to say:
"An Apostle is a special witness of Jesus Christ in all the world ..."
and now says:
"An Apostle is a special witness OF THE NAME of Jesus Christ in all the world ...."
Another example is found in chapter 17:
"Twelve Apostles, who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, teach the gospel and regulate the affairs of the Church in all parts of the world..."
and now says:
"Twelve Apostles, who are special witnesses OF THE NAME of Jesus Christ, teach the gospel and regulate the affairs of the Church in all parts of the world...."
| I will leave it to readers to decide whether the LDS Church is honest or whether it is lying about itself and its teachings. We'll begin with this example: |
Do Latter-day Saints believe that they will “get their own planet”?
No. This idea is not taught in Latter-day Saint scripture, nor is it a doctrine of the Church. This misunderstanding stems from speculative comments unreflective of scriptural doctrine. Mormons believe that we are all sons and daughters of God and that all of us have the potential to grow during and after this life to become like our Heavenly Father (see Romans 8:16-17). The Church does not and has never purported to fully understand the specifics of Christ’s statement that “in my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2).
Henry B. Eyring, October 2002 Ensign
Our conviction is that God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to live the life that He does. We learn both the spiritual things and the secular things “so we may one day create worlds [and] people and govern them” (Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball , 386).
Doctrine and Covenants Institute Student Manual: Section 138 - Vision of the Redemption of the Dead
Dandamp;C 138:12–17. Will Many People Be Saved in the Celestial Kingdom?
President Spencer W. Kimball said in a general priesthood meeting:
“Brethren, 225,000 of you are here tonight. I suppose 225,000 of you may become gods. There seems to be plenty of space out there in the universe. And the Lord has proved that he knows how to do it. I think he could make, or probably have us help make, worlds for all of us, for every one of us 225,000.
“Just think of the possibilities, the potential. Every little boy that has just been born becomes an heir to this glorious, glorious program. When he is grown, he meets a lovely woman; they are married in the holy temple. They live all the commandments of the Lord. They keep themselves clean. And then they become sons of God, and they go forward with their great program–they go beyond the angels, beyond the angels and the gods that are waiting there. They go to their exaltation.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1975, p. 120; or Ensign, Nov. 1975, p. 80 ; see also Alma 13:10–12 .)
“Chapter 36: Eternal Life,” Gospel Fundamentals
To live in the highest part of the celestial kingdom is called exaltation* or eternal life. To be able to live in this part of the celestial kingdom, people must have been married in the temple and must have kept the sacred promises they made in the temple. They will receive everything our Father in Heaven has and will become like Him. They will even be able to have spirit children and make new worlds for them to live on, and do all the things our Father in Heaven has done.
Presidents of the Church Student Manual - Religion 345
Chapter 5 - Lorenzo Snow - Fifth President of the Church
They Shall Organize Worlds and Rule Over Them
“Only a short time before his death, President Snow visited the Brigham Young University [then Brigham Young Academy], at Provo. President Brimhall escorted the party through one of the buildings; he wanted to reach the assembly room as soon as possible, as the students had already gathered. They were going through one of the kindergarten rooms; President Brimhall had reached the door and was about to open it and go on when President Snow said: ‘Wait a moment, President Brimhall, I want to see these children at work; what are they doing?’ Brother Brimhall replied that they were making clay spheres. ‘That is very interesting,’ the President said. ‘I want to watch them.’ He quietly watched the children for several minutes and then lifted a little girl, perhaps six years of age, and stood her on a table. He then took the clay sphere from her hand, and, turning to Brother Brimhall, said:
“‘President Brimhall, these children are now at play, making mud worlds, the time will come when some of these boys, through their faithfulness to the gospel, will progress and develop in knowledge, intelligence and power, in future eternities, until they shall be able to go out into space where there is unorganized matter and call together the necessary elements, and through their knowledge of and control over the laws and powers of nature, to organize matter into worlds on which their posterity may dwell, and over which they shall rule as gods’” (Snow, Improvement Era, June 1919, 658–59).
“Chapter 4: Teaching Children: from Four to Eleven Years,” A Parent’s Guide
Teach Children to Accept and Understand Their Gender Roles
“Each one of you has it within the realm of his possibility to develop a kingdom over which you will preside as its king and god. You will need to develop yourself and grow in ability and power and worthiness, to govern such a world with all of its people. You are sent to this earth not merely to have a good time or to satisfy urges or passions or desires. You are sent to this earth, not to ride merry-go-rounds, airplanes, automobiles, and have what the world calls ‘fun.’
“You are sent to this world with a very serious purpose. You are sent to school, for that matter, to begin as a human infant and grow to unbelievable proportions in wisdom, judgment, knowledge, and power” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1982], p. 31).
| I was reading an article on Yahoo the other day about Mormons: The Least you Should Know,
And it referred to a question asked by Mike Huckabee in 2007 "Don't Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?" The author goes on to say that the answer is no...the Mormons do not believe it...nor does Mormonism teach it. There is no such thing written in any of the church doctrine.
Ummmm....I was BIC and remember always being taught that Jesus and Satan were brothers, the war in heaven, Satan cast out, all of that. Is this yet another thing TSCC is moving away from because it's not popular? Since when was this never taught?
I certainlty was. It's funny to see the Apologist board to into spin mode. They are not really interested in the actual fact of whether or not the church teaches it, but rather the negetive impact it's having on the church in the press.
I think it's dishonesty to the extreme, that the church is trying to spin this off as nothing, and that they don't teach it. REALLY?? so the apologists are running around asking for "Official Statements" CFR's, to prove this. They want us to believe that since it's nowhere in the standard works, that they are not responsible for it, and it's not on the books. Or even better, that somehow all of us who were brought up in the church somehow forgot about it! (Not me Tommy)
Reminds of of when Gordo said that we don't teach men becoming gods? Of course it's taught, but he lied, to make himself and the church not look as bad to the public.
Jesus More Meek
William H. Smart, Conference Report, April 1901
My mind goes back when I contemplate this principle of obedience, to that which we learn in the Pearl of Great Price, when in the councils of heaven the foundations of the earth and the building thereof were taken into consideration. Two plans were laid before the councils and because of the bumble and obedient spirit that was shown in Jesus Christ, He was chosen to carry out that plan, which His Father approved, and Satan rebelled because the trust was given unto his more meek brother Jesus.
Jesus is Satan’s Older Brother
John A. Widtsoe, Evidences and Reconciliations, p. 209
The story of Lucifer is the most terrible example of such apostasy. Lucifer, son of the morning, through diligent search for truth and the use of it, had become one of the foremost in the assembly of those invited to undertake the experiences of earth. But, in that Great Council, his personal ambition and love of power overcame him. He pitted his own plan and will against the purposes of God. He strove to gain the birthright of his Elder Brother, Jesus the Christ.
Satan is Christ’s Brother
Joseph F. Merrill, Conference Report, April 1949
Now there is another personality of which I desire to speak, one that the world calls by a name, but in whose reality as a personal Being it does not believe and that person is Satan, the Devil. But according to our understanding and teaching. Satan is a person with a spirit body, in form like that of all other men. He is a spirit brother of ours and of our Lord Jesus Christ, who is our Elder Brother in the spirit world.
Robert D. Hales, Ensign, May 1990
We cannot remember that we once lived with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and that we probably sat in meetings much like this, where the Father’s plan for us was explained. We cannot remember that Lucifer, a son of God the Father, a brother of Jesus Christ, rebelled against God’s plan and, in his rebellion, promised he would bring us all back home.
Neal A. Maxwell, Deposition of a Disciple, p. 11
Lucifer knew about this plan, and his very pleading was real rebellion. The scriptures tell us plainly that he sought a throne above the stars and God. (2 Nephi 24:13.) Therefore, he was from the beginning a serious rebel. President George Q. Cannon said, "He was our brother, sitting side by side with our Redeemer, having equal opportunities with him. But he rebelled. He turned against the Father because he could not have his own way."
Contest between Jesus and Satan
Spencer W. Kimball, Conference Report, April 1964
There is another power in this world forceful and vicious. In the wilderness of Judaea, on the temple's pinnacles and on the high mountain, a momentous contest took place between two brothers, Jehovah and Lucifer, sons of Elohim.
Satan is a Son of God
Harold B. Lee, The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, p. 36
Who is Satan? Satan was the spiritual offspring of Deity. He was a spiritual brother to the Chosen, the one whom we have come to know as the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
One Third of Heaven Follows Lucifer
Joseph Young, Journal of Discourses, vol. 6, p. 208
Who is it that is at the head of this? It is the Devil, the mighty Lucifer, the great prince of the angels, and the brother of Jesus. He left the province of his Father, and took with him a third part of his Father's kingdom, and there was no other alternative but to banish him. God would have saved him if he could; but he could not. Lucifer and all his host went away to themselves, and they are our foes; they are after us, and they are after this whole people; and I tell you they are as thick as I want them.
Lucifer and Jehovah Sons
Spencer W. Kimball, The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, p. 33
But thank God that there were enough sane and sagacious souls on the side of truth and wisdom and the rebellious souls were vanquished as to the eternal and ultimate program. The principal personalities in this great drama were a Father Elohim, perfect in wisdom, judgment, and person, and two sons, Lucifer and Jehovah.
Satan Wanted to be Savior
Milton R. Hunter, The Gospel through the Ages, p. 15
The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the world was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the Savior of mankind.
| You know the prophecy that one day the constitution will hang by a thread, and the brethren will have to save it? I have heard this prophecy consistently from childhood up to the present time, in many different wards in various states.
In this article, the church says it is not taught.
The LDS church is eager to see the White Horse conversations stop.
I can understand the church wanting to distance themselves from this prophecy when talking to the media. But I think Michael Purdy is lying when he says "it's not taught in our meetings." do these guys ever attend an actual church meeting? Do they not have their pulse on current mormon beliefs and what the members are talking about?
"The Church perspective is this: It's not our doctrine, it's not taught in our meetings, and as we've said repeatedly, it's not relevant to who we are as a people," church spokesman Michael Purdy said in an email. "We're certainly aware that there is a national (and perhaps international) conversation going on about the Church and its beliefs. We want to answer questions for those who have them but stay out of the politics."
A quick Google search will confirm that Purdy is lying about this being taught in meetings.
It is also taught in church magazines, for teachers who like to teach from those.
| After 34-years as a member of the LDS Church, I just got informed that Mormons believe in the Trinity.
This is in complete contradiction to what I grew up hearing in the Church.
The strange thing is I didn't hear this from my Baptist neighbor down the street, or the Catholic across the street.
Instead, I have to hear it from the LDS Church's official website:
Do Mormons believe in the Trinity?
Mormons most commonly use the term “Godhead” to refer to the Trinity. The first article of faith for the Latter-day Saints reads: “We believe in God, the Eternal Father, and in His Son, Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost.” Latter-day Saints believe God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are one in will and purpose but are not literally the same being or substance, as conceptions of the Holy Trinity commonly imply.
This attempt to try to mainstream Mormonism is a bit much for me.
First, when Mormons say "the Godhead," they are NOT referring to "the Trinity."
And the Holy Trinity does not "commonly imply" that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are the same substance; it is an essential part of the creed.
Starting to get a bit sick of the whole PC thing.
Who exactly is it we are trying to impress?
| I was just looking at this comparison between the 1981 and 2013 versions of the DandC/PoGP.
Check out the changes in the Introduction to the PoGP, regarding the Book of Abraham.
The 1981 version wrote:
The Book of Abraham. A translation from some Egyptian papyri that came into the hands of Joseph Smith in 1835, containing writings of the patriarch Abraham.
The 2013 version wrote:
The Book of Abraham. An inspired translation of the writings of Abraham. Joseph Smith began the translation in 1835 after obtaining some Egyptian papyri.
This is huge. IMHO, this is huger than the recent change from "the principle ancestors" to "among the ancestors" in the Book of Mormon.
Notice how the 1981 version had the Book of Abraham unambiguously being a translation of the Egyptian papyri that came into Joseph's possession in 1835. The 2013 version calls it an "inspired translation", which could mean almost anything from a translation assisted by the gift of God, to outright revelation.
The 1981 version specifically said the translation was of these papyri that Joseph had, while the 2013 version merely states that Joseph began the translation after receiving these papyri, but doesn't state that the translation is of the papyri. They are totally leaving the door open to something like the Catalyst theory here.
This is a massive weakening of the claims the church has made about the Book of Abraham for many decades, since the Book of Abraham was included in the canon. It would seem that the church has indeed been listening to the mopologists on this topic, and have created wiggle room for some of their pet theories (catalyst theory, etc.) that try to save the Book of Abraham from being an outright invention of Joseph Smith.
| In the latest edition of the scriptures it seems they have changed references from, "History of the Church," into, "according to Joseph Smith's History."
Is the church dumping Joseph Smith's "History of the Church?"
I don't see it that way.
I think they are phasing out Joseph Smith. A smart way to dump the History of the Church as a "church-approved" doctrine is to call Joseph Smith a partly-failed prophet (thank God you can know that your failings are also acceptable enough for God to forgive your worthless a**)
Several posters over the last few months have shared details of this phasing out process.
The bible is being sent out free instead of the Book of Mormon, according to the TV ads. The BOM is "just a supplement containing a lot of the same information, since the source is the same"-they mean God as the source.
Big switch from the BOM being the most perfect book by a flawed uneducated farmboy and the bible being incorrectly translated.
This turning away from Joseph Smith started when they stopped using his Inspired JS Version of the Bible. It doesn't sell and you know, it's all about what will sell.
In Mormonism, there is only one non-slippery truth. Money. The temple is what keeps people paying and people paying tithing is the cornerstone of Mormonism.
Not the Book of Mormon, not Joseph Smith. They are all expendable just like every Mormon doctrine is. Just look at how the unchanging garment has changed and how the unchangeable temple ceremony has changed.
The very reason for the Restoration was to restore what was changed and they changed it--again and again.
Mark my words - Joseph Smith will end up just a photo of the first prophet in a lineup with other church presidents. They will claim it's because they didn't want him "worshipped."
Yeah, right. He's just a product line that has fallen out of popularity, so we have another correlated product to offer...
| We don't know what "vehicle" was used to "translate" the Book of Abraham
We don't know that Joseph was conviced in a court of law for using his seer stone to con people into thinking he could find treasure (Holland says he knew nothing about it in the BBC interview)
Gordon Hinckley said to Larry King when asked if man can be come a god "I don't know that we teach it". I remember Gospel Principals manuals (approved by Hinckley) that explicitly stated that "we can become gods."
These so-called prophets should be able to find out...
Just like the establishment of correlation was the end of ward creativity and fun, the above televised statement established the fog that now envelopes the Mormon church.
They are closely following the Catholic template after staunchly opposing the Whore of All the Earth up to the day before they realized they needed a mentor. That was the day they backpedaled on banning "the Negro" from holding the priesthood.
They handled that so badly and had so many similar challenges ahead, that the only solution was to mimic the most successful surviving church.
The first indication of the acolyte status of Mormonism was when they announced for the very first time that the Mormon prophet had spoken at times "as a man." Which was the very explanation taught to me in the fifties in Catholic grade school for why there was once three popes.
FAIR is on the way out, explanations based on historical facts are definitely out, GA's won't answer your letters and you are referred to your local bishop (who was a plumber before he was called a week ago to be your theological and psychological advisor).
Do you hear the Catholic church answering any questions about the Inquisition of the burning of witches? Any accepting of responsibility? Any memorials or information centers? I would like to view the residence in France where the pope lived in exile? Good luck finding that.
Religions allow their massacres and their scandals to go into a fog, burying the facts and artifacts to languish in vaults. It works.
I posted earlier this year about the Mormon Fog. We are seeing it more and more. Being respected for scientific accuracy is not worth loss of tithing dollars, so familysearch.org is becoming an arm of the PR department. They comb it regularly, removing anything embarrassing.
The church also is very active in removing Wiki information that is accurate but unflattering. I have googled items which appeared in my search and then turned out to have been completely removed.
The church has determined that the best scenario for them is not to handle issues one by one (too many and too many contradictions). Rather than issue a new book "Mormon Doctrine," they are gradually distancing themselves from their history (irrelevant to your salvation).
The next to go will be the literal view of their unique scriptures. Each one of them in the future will be viewed as "inspirational" rather than "literal." I predict they will treat the Book of Abraham as inspired Mormon literature, uniquely created on our modern day especially "for us." When asked to explain offensive or conflicting passages, the answer will be the same that they are currently using for the temple:
"The more you read it, the more your will get out of it. The more you pray and obey, the clearer the symbology and meaning will be as a doorway to your own spiritual progression. It's very personal. The Book of Abraham can mean one thing to one member and another to a different person. That's the beauty of it.
Study groups will not be allowed. Sunday School classes will change from "What did Joseph SMith mean?" to "What does this question mean to you?
And that distant sound you hear will not be angels singing, rather cash registers ringing "Holy, holy, holy."
| Many topics covered, professional dodging and weaving at its finest.
1. First vision versions
The multiple accounts of the First Vision were prepared at different times and for different audiences. In these accounts, Joseph Smith emphasized different aspects of his experience of the First Vision, but the accounts all agree in the essential truth that Joseph Smith did indeed have the heavens opened to him and see divine messengers, including God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Because the 1838 account was part of Joseph Smith's official history and testimony to the world, it was included in the Pearl of Great Price as scripture. (p. 20)
2. Mountain Meadows
The manual gives a brief historical overview of the events leading up to the massacre and acknowledges the participation of "Latter-day Saint leaders and settlers" in the crime (p. 523)
3. Book af Abraham
Joseph Smith never claimed that the papyri were autographic (written by Abraham himself), nor that they dated from the time of Abraham. (p. 525)
the Prophet Joseph Smith was reluctant to begin the practice of plural marriage. He stated that he did not begin the practice until he was warned that he would be destroyed if he did not obey . . (p. 530)
the translation was more of an inspired revision than a traditional translation. (p. 181)
6. Blacks and 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.
"Joseph Smith never claimed that the papyri were autographic (written by Abraham himself), nor that they dated from the time of Abraham."
Well, here's what the historical record says:
"A Translation of some ancient Records, that have fallen into our hands from
the catacombs of Egypt.---The writings of Abraham while he was in Egypt, called
the Book of Abraham, written by his own hand, upon papyrus."
---Title page, "The Book of Abraham"
"We have much pleasure this month in being able to give an illustration and
extract from the BOOK OF ABRAHAM; a book of higher antiquity than any portion
of the Bible.....The record is now in the course of translation.....and proves
to be a record written partly by the father of the faithful, Abraham, and
finished by Joseph when in Egypt. After his death, it is supposed they were
preserved in the family of the Pharoahs and afterwards hid up with the embalmed
body of the female with whom they were found."
---Parley P. Pratt, "Millenial Star", July 1, 1842.
" 'I will show you how I interpret certain parts. There,' said he, pointing to
a particular character, 'that is the signature of the patriarch Abraham.' "
---Joseph Smith, quoted in the 'Quincy Whig," October 17, 1840.
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