Answers to Gospel Questions 2:200; “Are There Any Vital Changes in the Book of Mormon?
Question: “A minister of one of the churches told my husband that he purchased one of the earliest editions of the Book of Mormon for a thousand dollars and compared it to the later edition and found over a hundred changes. I know that the Book of Mormon was later divided into chapters and verses with references, but were there other changes made? Is the original manuscript of the translation with the Church?”
Answer: It is astonishing to what length the enemies of the Church will go in order to attempt to prove the Book of Mormon false. Instead of reading it prayerfully and asking the Lord for a testimony whether it is true or not, they close their minds against it and, in the bitterness of their souls, seek to destroy it. In this, of course, they will fail. No one can read the book with a prayerful heart and not receive the testimony that it is true. The evidence internally and externally is overwhelming…
TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS DIFFICULT TO AVOID There were bound to be some typographical errors in the first edition, and perhaps an omission of a word or two. Those who have published books under the most careful and favorable circumstances, have, to their dismay, found errors, typographical and mechanical, some of which occurred after the final examination of proof has been made. In the case of the Book of Mormon, your attention is called to the fact that the publisher of it was unfriendly to the Church…A careful check of the list of changes submitted by these critics shows there is not one change or addition that is not in full harmony with the original text…but never has any alteration or addition changed a single original thought. ..I am sure that the mistakes or omissions in the first edition were in large measure the fault of the compositor or the printer. Many of these mistakes which were in the first proofs were caught by the Prophet Joseph Smith himself, and he made the corrections…There have been thousands of changes in the Bible in recent years, but people do not seem to complain about that. We have books in our library written by an atheist who treats the Bible in the same spirit which these critics treat the Book of Mormon, but his criticism does not prove the Bible false.” – Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr.
1 Corinthians 2:14; “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
1. The question isn’t about any so-called changes to the Bible.
2. There have been almost 4,000 grammatical changes made to the Book of Mormon from its original printing. Grammatical, not typographical so Smith can’t blame that on the printer.
Book of Mormon, Changes Made to
1976 edition of Mosiah 21:28; “And now Limhi was again filled with joy on learning from the mouth of Ammon that king Mosiah had a gift from God….”
1830 edition of Mosiah 21:28; “And now Limhi was again filled with joy on learning from the mouth of Ammon that king Benjamin had a gift from God….”
Mosiah 6:5 – Benjamin died so the 1830 edition is not just a “typo”. The change had been made by 1920 because Mosiah 21:28 has the name of king Mosiah, not Benjamin. And in case you’re wondering…the 1908 edition is the “original” translation of the Book of Mormon the Reformed LDS Church publishes. Their headquarters are in Independence, MO and the book of Mosiah ends at chapter 13.
2 Timothy 2:15-16; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.”
There has never been anything bad said about those who study, compare and then decide. In the previous entry the church claimed no changes had ever been made to change the meaning. Here we have proof that they’ve lied again.