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Published: Monday, Feb. 20 2012 5:00 a.m. MST

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DRay
Roy, UT

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.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

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.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

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.

Chachi
Charlottesville, VA

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.

t702
Las Vegas, NV

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.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

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.

very concerned
Sandy, UT

Brahma Bull

I 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?

sfcretdennis
Nice, CA

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.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

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 to you.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@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.

Bill in Nebraska
Maryville, MO

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.

thorsted
Orem, UT

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.

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