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Published: Thursday, Feb. 28 2013 10:35 p.m. MST

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Yuma, AZ

This is tremendous! I can't wait until they add the changes beyond section 88 of the D&C. And it’s so nice that they’ve published the side-by-side comparison, obviating the task of chasing them down one-by-one. They must have known thousands would want to do just that, and they were kind enough to do it for us. :-)

Sparks, NV

For a church that believes in continuing revelation, they also believe in making things better. They upgrade and renovate Temples; they built the Conference Center when they already had the Tabernacle; they continue to spread the gospel all over the world in every way possible; they create the most amazing website in the whole world to freely share its message; they produce fantastic videos on the New Testament and give them away to the world; they create new teaching programs to take advantage of online capabilities, etc. etc. etc.

This is a testimony to me that the leadership of the LDS Church is always trying to make things better and that shows great inspiration. I have already downloaded the new set to my phone and tablet tonight and I look forward to reading them tomorrow.

Roy, UT

Corrections are not of Doctrine, not of Covenants, or of meaning; we may be eager to obtain all improvements we can, but must not let these things be of primary focus...it's the spirit, not the letter of things that brings the life & purpose into play.

Harwich, MA

"For a church that believes in continuing revelation,"
@ KellyWSmith....It's interesting that you would say this. Gordon B. Hinkley speaking from the pulpit at conference said there has NOT been additional revelation since God spoke to Joseph Smith. Why would you use the word "continuing"?

Yuma, AZ

Yes, it'll be fun to see how this contributes to gospel scholarship. I wonder if some day they'll redo the layout, too. That is, instead of breaking lines at every verse, they'll have multiple verses per paragraph, with headings and subheadings. That's how the Structured Edition of the Doctrine and Covenants is laid out.

Charlotte, NC

A rather insignificant correction but one I am glad to see is in the introduction of the Book of Mormon. It used to say that the Lamanites are the "principal ancestors of the American Indians." This was added in the previous edition. This statement never appeared in older editions.

There is absolutely nothing in the actual text of the Book of Mormon to suggest that the only people living on the American continent were Nephites and Lamanites. The Book of Mormon talks about other groups that came to this continent and strongly implies that there were still other people that they interacted with (the unbelievers who would come and try to convince the people away from their religion, for example).

It is unfortunate that after 150 years or so that the "principal ancestor" comment suddenly appeared. The new edition more correctly states that the Lamanites are "among the ancestors of the American Indians."

Kendal, Cumbria

great news, but I am curious... will this include corrections in the Topical Guide? I have met with many errors during my study of this great tool...

Whoa Nellie
American Fork, UT

"The revisions were released late Thursday and have been integrated with the LDS versions of the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. . ."
The LDS versions of the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants and the P of GP? Who else has a version of these books? Actually the so-called LDS version of the Bible is simply the King James version. Why did the author of this article feel the need to include the word 'version'? Perhaps the new additions to chapter headings and footnotes could have been better described so as not to imply that the actual scriptures had changes.

Lancaster, CA

I'm wondering why they does not add the Proclamation of the family and the Living Christ testimony to the Doctrine and Covenants since they were making other changes. Interesting though.

Orem, UT

@Whoa Nellie - The formatting of the editions of these books as well as the unique additions (cross-references to the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) make the term "LDS version" appropriate for the KJV. The Community of Christ (former RLDS) church also has their own editions of some of these books, also making the term "LDS version" appropriate. Doubleday released a version of the Book of Mormon nearly a decade ago in 2004, also making the term "LDS version" appropriate. If you review the detailed list of changes made, actual scripture verse changes in all four books (KJV, BoM, D&C, PGP) were made. The changes weren't limited to headings and footnotes.

Lafayette, IN


While you are correct that “the Book of Mormon… used to say that the Lamanites are the ‘principal ancestors of the American Indians’” and that the phrase now “states that the Lamanites are ‘among the ancestors of the American Indians,’” I think people are making a mountain out of a molehill on that one. Given the context, the old statement was 100% accurate. The problem is that many people erroneously equate the word “principal” with the words “primary” and/or “majority,” an interpretation that is obviously not supported by the text itself.

Regardless, great to hear that they’re finally updating it. I hope this means we’ll finally see the *Guide to the Scriptures* in print! (I’ve always loved that, in the Castilian version.)

Kaysville, UT

This is almost as exciting as in 1979 when the Scriptures and Topical Guide were integrated and provided an extremely valuable tool for anyone attempting to feel the Spirit in their personal and family situations.

With all the various forms of media and easy access from LDS.ORG and other sources, what a blessing this will be in the lives of leaders, teachers, missionaries and people who are searching the web for life's simple questions of: Why we are here? Where did we come from? and Where are we going?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has a living Prophet and Apostles to lead us through this portion of our journey. Thanks to God for prophets today as He has not left us alone in a world of strife and woe. There is a plan and this is one of the ways to find out what the plan is to guide us through these latter-days.

Thanks to Deseret News for publishing this article and the Good News that comes through the scriptures to all who will read and feel the Spirit.

Charlotte, NC

@ The Otter

I agree that some have made a mountain out of a molehill over this (and this is why I prefaced my comment by saying it is a rather insignificant correction)but it is always best to be precise. The correction was a good one.

layton, UT

RE; Thunder, If you review the detailed list of changes made, actual scripture verse changes in all four books (KJV, BoM, D&C, PGP) were made. The changes weren't limited to headings and footnotes.
(D&C 17:22,23)The communion service the blessing of the bread and wine are msissing.

Re: Encyclopedia of Mormonism Encyclopedia he word "paradise" is not found in the Old Testamen. wrong,
The word "paradise" is found several times in the O.T. . The LORD(YHWH) God planted a garden(paradeisos, G# 3857) eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.(Gen 2:8 Septuagint). The LORD(YHWH) … Garden(paradeisos of Eden …( Gen2:15 Septuagint) ….And they heard the voice of the LORD(YHWH) God walking in the garden (paradeisos,)n in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD(YHWH) God amongst the trees of the garden.(Gen 3:8).

Buena Vista, VA

The one that has bothered me was the old heading to Mosiah 28. In verse 7, God says about Mosiah’s sons’ desire to serve a mission, “Let them go up, for many will believe on their words, and they shall have eternal life.” The old heading said that Mosiah’s sons would have eternal life, but I always thought the scripture meant that their converts would have eternal life. My thinking is reinforced by Mosiah 29:9, where Mosiah admits to the possibility at least one of his sons might “turn again to his pride.” He might not have worried about this possibility if he thought his son had been promised eternal life. I once wrote to the GAs about this and was told it would be changed. Now it has been. The other heading I knew would be changed is the header to Alma 11: “Nephite coinage is set forth” changed to “Nephite monetary system is set forth.” This is because we don’t know if the Nephites pressed their gold and silver into coins.

Sanpete, UT


Just curious, when did he say that? Because since Joseph Smith, we've had

1. A few sections added to the Doctrine and Covenants
2. All worthy males able to receive the Priesthood.
3. Numerous temples
4. Countless new General Authorities and local leaders

There are many more examples, but these just come to mind instantly. I'm not arguing, I've just never heard that quote/don't remember. Could you let me know?

Phoenix, AZ


I'm not sure the change is all that insignificant. Several times in the D&C, Joseph Smith referred to native Americans as "Lamanites." There seems to be good reason to assume that he thought that Lamanites were not only the principal ancestors of native Americans, but the sole ancestors. So, I'm not so sure it is merely a correction of a recent misunderstanding.

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

Whoa Nellie,
Lets see every splinter group of the LDS church has a version of the Book Of Mormon while the text. While the base text is from the original 1830 edition and the changes Joseph Smith made in his life each group has their own version of it. The same goes with the Doctrine and Covenants, try comparing the Community of Christ (formerly RLDS) Doctrine and Covenants with the LDS. As for the LDS version of the Bible while the text is the King James the foot notes, chapter headings, topical guide, and bible dictionary are part of the bible version used by the LDS church. Because you will not find any other church using that same version of the KJV it does make it a distinct version of the KJV. So the term LDS version is completely accurate.

Gregg Weber

If I remember right (although I wasn't there) Joseph Smith said that the KJV was the best. But there have been others produced since then. Is it still the best or just the "standard"?
Are there other versions that are more accurate for study, with paragraphs and verse divisions that don't divide sentences and thoughts, or even using Sentence Diagrams to make sure everyone knows what the meaning is?
If not, can one be produced? I'm writing mainly about the Bible.

Altamont, UT

Dennis and TOO:
I am also curious as to the whole "Nor new revelation" quote. I do not recall any prophet ever saying that. I believe we have received many new revelations.
"We believe...God will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining..."

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