Several days ago I came across an archived Salt Lake Trib article outlining significant changes 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.
BYU professor Royal Skousen, went so far as to make the following remarks in the article –
“LDS officials don’t want readers to focus on the kind of “overt statements about race that were in McConkie’s 1981 summaries,” he [Royal Skousen] said. “There is a [personal] interpretation simply by what you choose to put in them. It’s not a question of dishonesty or trying to hide things.” The online headings also change many words from a more archaic to a modern language…”
Truth: the Church is trying to change their image by projecting a sanitized version without having to delve into its deeper contents. With the exception of changing one word, in one verse in 1981, the narrative of the Book of Mormon remains intact.
Even LDS Historian Grant Hardy believes the Church was trying to downplay the ‘skin of darkness’, although he also stated the ‘main theme’ to the BoM isn’t about race at all. Rather, Hardy believes the story of the Lamanites is ‘mostly cultural and spiritual differences’.
To that we have to say ?????.
All one has to do is connect the very few dots to see how Smith equated spiritual deficiencies with race.
While they’d like for people to think the Book of Mormon isn’t about racial divisions, nothing could be further from the truth. The main theme of this false gospel is in large part, how God condemns people for sin by changing their skin color from ‘white and delightsome’, to ‘dark and loathsome’. The image is meant to portray the idea that God doesn’t like dark people, and neither should you.
Oh, how my heart goes out to those sitting in LDS classrooms today. I clearly recall how the Book of Mormon catapulted me into an inferior class of humanity based on skin color. Doctrines from the Book of Mormon alone have just one objective. If you’re not a member of their church, you’re one of the whores of Babylon (1 Nephi 14:10), and if you’re not white it’s even worse.
If you’re LDS, we want you to know that we’re praying for you, and hope to hear from you with any questions you might have. We also pray you’ll come to know the awesome God of the Bible who loves you, and where you can find rest and freedom for your weary soul. With the God of the Bible, there’s no hidden agenda, no changes, and nothing to fear!
With Love in Christ;
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|2 Nephi, Chapter 5“…Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cursed, receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge unto the Nephites…”||2 Nephi, Chapter 5“…Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cut off from the presence of the Lord, are cursed, and become a scourge unto the Nephites…”|
Mormon, Chapter 5
“… The Lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and loathsome people…”
|Mormon Chapter 5” … —Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites will be scattered, and the Spirit will cease to strive with them— …”|