Jude 4; “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
By and large, members of the LDS Church today believe Moroni was the angel who showed up one night telling Joseph Smith about the golden plates buried in the earth near his home.
“He called me by name and said…that his name was Moroni…”
Today when members read Joseph Smith’s History in the Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants 128:20, the narrative tells them Moroni visited Joseph Smith. They also read the same thing in History of the Church 1:11. See image.
What the majority hasn’t heard is how things were originally presented when Smith announced he had been visited by an angel sent from God.
“He called me by name and said…that his name was Nephi…”
Each of the narratives from Millennial Star, and Times and Seasons, as well as the 1851 Pearl of Great Price (p.41), all say the angel’s name was Nephi. The Millennial Star was published in Great Britain as a news portal for Saints overseas who didn’t have access to papers stateside.
You’ll want to take notice of the publication dates for the Millennial Star and Times and Seasons. They were published in Joseph Smith’s lifetime, and he never corrected any so-called mistake.
Apparently, it was Nephi who showed up, not Moroni.
The name of Nephi is also used further into the latter volume while describing how Nephi would open a new dispensation.
Millennial Star, Vol. 3, No. 4, August 1842, p. 71 “Again, when we read the history of our beloved brother, Joseph Smith, and of the glorious ministry and message of the angel Nephi, which has finally opened a new dispensation to man…”
The angel Nephi eventually became Moroni by the hand of Orson Pratt who happened to be the editor of the Millennial Star in the 1870’s. Original manuscripts of the Pearl of Great Price reveal he scratched out Nephi, and replaced it with Moroni. For more info see Changes in the Book of Moses and Their Implications upon a Concept of Revelation James R. Harris.
Each time I see things like this my heart is broken anew. Part of the shock is how they publish papers about the deceit, and yet carry on as if nothing’s amiss. We’re praying members would take Jude 4 to heart, and come out of the darkness!
With Love in Christ;