I wonder if anyone has written a book about the translators of the Book of
Mormon, that would be very interesting, inspiring, I think. There seems to be a
pattern as each nation of the world, or culture perhaps, recieves the restored
gospel. This pattern follows the one set by the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr., and
one of the first baptized persons in a new area seems to have this gift of
translation that is so needed in order to teach the gospel. In Japan, it was a
man of last name Sato, who was, I believe, able to translate the scriptures into
a better version of the B. of Mormon, and Elder Packer, then in the military,
helped teach or baptize him. My mission President in Japan, Kan Watanabe, was
also instrumental in translation for visiting General Authorities, etc., and
worked in translation services for Asia after serving as Mission President.
Dray - No, nobody has written an extensive book about the translators of the
Book of Mormon. Altough it would be interesting, it would hardly be
faith-promoting in my opinion. I assume that is why no in-depth book has been
written about it by an LDS author.
BrahmaBull,Why would you assume that a book about translators would
not be faith promoting? With the strong feelings, both for and against, that
exist these days about the Book of Mormon, I would guess some of the translation
stories would be quite dramatic and inspiring. With the spiritual and various
religions' opposition, it might make for a fascinating story.An
accurate translation of this book in each new language is critical for those who
are investigating the claims of the Book of Mormon, or for those just wanting to
understand a little more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints.
Why does the article say the BoM has been translated into 77 languages? The LDS
Newsroom site says it has been translated in full into 82 languages beside
English. Wikipedia agrees.
wow 150 mil is lot of bom, but we still have a lot of work to do, over 6 billion
bom to go.btw I don't see much benefits writing about the bom
translators. Before I fully understand the English language, I only learn the
bom in my native language. Now I only use english because there are a lot of
words that not quite translate the full meaning, it's the same with the bible or
any text for that matter. I believe this is true for any language.
Very concerned - I see what you are saying, but I just think that people try to
dramatize and sensationalize stories that are pretty basic. People can turn any
story into a faith promoting story, it just depends on the way it is spun. Example: A girl and her husband are driving and they hit some ice and
spin out of control. They narrowly miss an oncoming truck and only get minor
injuries. They paid their tithing earlier that day after not wanting to, and so
they associate their paying tithing to having been spared in their car wreck. So
they tell people that because they paid their tithing and were being righteous
that they were blessed. This is not reality. In reality paying
tithing has nothing to do with blind luck. They were spared because that is how
it played out. Did god have a hand in it? maybe - but tithing didn't. Otherwise,
nothing bad would happen to tithe payers and bad things would always happen to
non tithe payers. Again, you can spin a faith promoting story out of thin air if
you wanted to.
Brahma BullI appreciate your comments and your logic. However, might
I suggest there are miracles that happen just the way you describe in your
example? We may not see the obvious connections, but I wouldnât want to
question the Lordâs reasoning. And it is way above my pay grade why some
are saved and some not. Neither do I claim to have the same logic as God does.
The point is that I hope we would not discount miracles in our day.I
see miracles or tender mercies quite often, usually small and unknown to those
who arenât involved. I hope we recognize the Lordâs hand in all
things.Yes, it could be that a story on the translators of the Book
of Mormon might not be a top-seller. It kind of depends on the skill of the
author. And, as we have no book available, it's hard to know how interesting
these stories really are. But I suspect there would be some dramatic
experiences associated with Book of Mormon translations, if only because of the
spiritual opposition that arises every time a milestone is being reached in the
spread of the gospel. Seeing the translators overcome that opposition and
observing the Lordâs hand in it could be inspiring. What do I know?
Brahmallsandy, ut, just because you pay tithing don't mean bad things will never
happen to you. No would God have helped them if they had not paid tithing I
don't know. Put people tend to expect too much from god. First we must put for
the effort and then God takes it from there. That don't mean every time either.
I pay tithing because God has asked it of me, I have no testimony of tithing
but neither do I need one because if God ask of us we should try to do what he
ask as best we can and for no other reason then that for he gave us life and we
are indebted to him. Tithing goâs to further the work of the Lord.
Very concerned - I definately see your viewpoint, and I think it all depends on
how we look at things and how we think. Personally I just don't see a loving god
causing heartache and physical punishment/rewards for obeying/not obeying the
commandments. I think miracles do happen, and certainly gods hand may be in
those miracles. But there are righteous people with cancer who die from it, and
there are unrighteous people with cancer that are cured from it. Miracles have
alot to do with luck, circumstance, etc. imo. I have never believed the notion
from some mormons that tithing has helped them prosper financially. If that were
the case then there would be no poor tithe payers and no wealthy non mormons. It
just doesn't make sense to me in that regard. I do however respect those who pay
tithing (or other donations for other religions) faithfully and give fast
offerings to help those who are less fortunate. I think that should be the
message of tithing - not so much what paying tithing can do for the payer, but
what it can mean in the lives of the people it helps.sfcretdennis - like I said above, I respect those who pay tithing/fast offerings regularly
because I think it helps those in need and that is a great cause. I still don't
think there is a correlation from paying tithing and having good things happen
@Brahmabull"No, nobody has written an extensive book about the
translators of the Book of Mormon"Well, not unless one
subscribes to the belief that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon.
There's a lot of books about him.
Brahmabull: I don't disagree or agree with you. I have my own opinion and that
is I don't believe in luck or coincidences either. I feel something always
happens for a reason. Sometimes I question when someone says I was saved
because I paid my tithing but I have experienced some things that just don't
make any sense except I was obeying a commandment and was blessed. I've also
experienced some things where I wasn't blessed even though I paid my tithing,
attended all of my meetings, was as good a home teacher as I could and yet
somethings happened that made me wonder why. In the end I just accepted that
either I had something to learn or a trial I needed to grow. I left it at that.
Some people feel every life saving act is from the Lord, and in the end that is
true. Every thing we have from a job, a home, children, marriage and all
blessings are from the Lord. Good things happen to good and bad people. Why,
well we just know that the Lord is not a respector of persons. In the end, at
judgement, is when the true blessings are given to us. How we handle adversity,
whether we grow stronger in our faith or less is really up to us. That is the
way I see it. Some agree and some don't. I just know that all blessings come
do to obediance. Some will even say that trials become blessings and I agree
with that as well.
I have studied the history behind the publication of the Chinese Book of Mormon.
I believe there are many miracles involved in the translation of the scriptures.
The Chinese scriptures translation had many difficulties I think help people
understand the importance of the translation that brought the gospel to so
many.P.S. The reference to the "Mandarin Book of Mormon"
in this article is incorrect. Mandarin is the spoken language of China. Written
is all Chinese.