Repeated Changes in the Book of Mormon

03 February

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”.

BoMToday we’re looking at one of the many times the Church has changed the text in the Book of Mormon. Be sure to ask a Mormon for their opinion about this!

1830 Alma 15, p. 303 — “…Yea, I know that he alloteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills…”

Alma 29:4 — “…Yea, I know that he alloteth unto men, yea, decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable, according to their wills…”

Without explanation from the Church, the eight words highlighted above were deleted in the Book of Mormon from 1840 –1980.

In 1981 the inspired Mormon leadership had second thoughts about this, and reinserted the omitted words.

We’re wondering how members trust their leaders, or the god they worship when the canon keeps changing.

One of the comforting things you can always count on with God is how His word never changes, and how you can see reminders of His provisions for us. His consistency is one of the ways we build trust in Him.

Paul tells us in 1st Corinthians the same gospel he had always preached is the gospel they had already believed in and if they left that, they’d have no ground to stand upon.

Their division on whether or not Christ had been resurrected was caused by people introducing a new gospel, which was in fact, false. Paul’s message was written to remind them there’s only one gospel, and no salvation outside of it (v. 2).

Jesus’ crucifixion, and subsequent conquest over death is our eternal hope, and this is the model for how we live everyday life. Through this, everyone will see Christ in us; not just the Mormons. Praise be to God!

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