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

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Max
Charlotte, NC

David D,

It is true that many have just assumed that the American Indians were the Lamanites. The fact remains, however, that there is nothing in the Book of Mormon that says that the Lamanites are the principal ancestors. Certainly, they are AMONG the ancestors but saying that they are the principal ancestors is an over statement that needed to be modified.

CanadaGreywolf
canada, 00

no new revelation since joseph Smith ???????????
How about 1975 spencer w kimball ? priesthood and blacks , was that not revelation ????? IT SURE WAS !!!!!

suzyk#1
Mount Pleasant, UT

The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continues to receive revelation from the Lord. That's what is wonderful about our Church is the inspiration and revelations that are received through our wonderful and loving Prophets.

dhsalum
Saint George, UT

@Gregg Weber,

In my experience, almost every other version of the Bible has been 'dumbed down' to modern english and loses much of the symoblism--especially in the New Testament. I am by no means a scriptorian, but I believe the KJV is still the most appropriate version.

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

Gregg Weber
One problem I have found with many of the newer versions of the Bible is that in trying to use more modern terms they lose many of the hidden double meanings placed in the Bible. Another is that they are first interpretations and then translations to meet that interpretation. Lets take for example John 4:9 in the KJV it reads only begotten son this can be read as only begotten in the flesh yet we are all his sons and daughters in spirit. However in the new translations they have taken that possibility completely out interpreting it first, eliminating that we are spiritual children of God then translating it to one and only son. Now there is no room for our being spirit children of our God. While some say the LDS interpretation is wrong to remove the possibility by interpreting and then translating is telling God you must mean this. So they are telling God what he can mean and not listening to God.

Irrelevant
Provo, UT

@Dennis

Do you mind giving reference to your Gordon B. Hinckley quote? i'm interested in which context he was speaking.

What trememdous news for the church! a testimony for the true gospel

Neanderthal
Pheonix, AZ

The revisions were released late Thursday (included) the Pearl of Great Price..."

We hope this volume has been updated to clarify the source... which research shows was not the purported ancient scrolls.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

The chapter heading to Alma 11 has been changed. It used to mention "Nephite coins and measures" but now just says the following:

"The Nephite monetary system is set forth"

Glad to see the change. The text in that chapter does not mention coins, but measures only. The new heading is correct.

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

DavidD,
The term Lamanite in the Book of Mormon is not a genealogy term but a political term. It is used the same way that the terms Jew and Gentile are used. Jew is anyone that is of the house of Israel broken away or not and Gentile is anyone else. Nephite is anyone who is living among the people that followed Nephi after their separation or follows their religion and Lamanite is anyone else. This can be seen by the fact that people constantly move from one group to the other. In one chapter they are Nephites, in the next they are Lamanites then several chapters later they are back to being Nephites. Furthermore Joseph Smith spoke of his belife that people came to the Americas at the time of Moses. These people are clearly not mentioned in the Book of Mormon. With all this then the term Lamanite to Joseph Smith was simply anyone in the Americas before Columbus that was not a Nephite. As the Nephite nation was destroyed clearly all that was left would have been? Lamanites because the term in genealogical but geopolitical.

Dennis
Harwich, MA

@ TOO

According to President Hinkley we have not had revelation. All the projects you have mentioned apparently were just good ideas from the brethren.

Max
Charlotte, NC

KC Mormon,

Your response to David D is a beautiful explanation. I don't think that most LDS understand this. Thanks and well done.

Spider Rico
Greeley, CO

Ignore Dennis and his trolling - the bretheren have never stopped talking about continuing revelation

dhsalum
Saint George, UT

@Dennis,

We need a quote.

wrz
Pheonix, AZ

@Max:
"It used to say that the Lamanites are the 'principal ancestors of the American Indians.'

The Book of Mormon people lived almost exclusively in the area where the Hill Cumorah is located. That's the only place you find the proper DNA evidence. The South and Central American 'Indians' (and perhaps the USA West Coast Indians) have Asian DNA. For sure the Aleuts in Alaska are from Asia perhaps crossing the Bering Straight land bridge. Furthermore, Cumorah is where the golden plates were found and the 'final battle' took place.

There's nothing in the Book that indicates anything but short distances between cities. There's no evidence of having RR's and jets. Certainly, some of the people could have migrated and are not covered in the Book. Lewis and Clark took off from St. Lewis and went all the way to the Pacific Coast in just a few short months walking and paddling canoes. Why couldn't BofM people do the same and populate much of America? We don't know. But we are fairly sure Hagar didn't sail to Hawaii.

antodav
TAMPA, FL

It's about time! :D

KC Mormon
Edgerton, KS

dhsalum,
I have not been able to find one but I have been able fo find anto-mormon sites that quote him saying the opposite, like this from mormonthink
DR: You receive?
Gordon B. Hinckley: Now we don’t need a lot of continuing revelation. We have a great, basic reservoir of revelation. But if a problem arises, as it does occasionally, a vexatious thing with which we have to deal, we go to the Lord in prayer. We discuss it as a First Presidency and as a Council of the Twelve Apostles. We pray about it and then comes the whisperings of a still small voice. And we know the direction we should take and we proceed accordingly.
DR: And this is a revelation?
Gordon B. Hinckley: This is a revelation.
DR: How often have you received such revelations?
Gordon B. Hinckly: Oh, I don’t know. I feel satisfied that in some circumstances we’ve had such revelation. It’s a very sacred thing that we don’t like to talk about a lot. A very sacred thing.”

- Compass Interview with Prophet Gordon B. Hinckley, aired Nov. 9, 1997

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

"Why would you use the word "continuing"? ...... "

Dennis - with her comment, I'm sure Kelly didn't intend to argue with people like you.

Bruce T. Forbes
Kearns, UT

How exciting! And in time for my birthday! the fact that the historical information is being upgraded to conform to reflect the recent research means there's going to be plenty to learn!

DavidD
Phoenix, AZ

KC Mormon, I'm not sure how anyone can presume to know the mind of Joseph Smith and whether he intended to fine tune the word "Lamanite" in the D&C to be a "political" term and not a "genalogical" term. To me, it seems like an unlikely excuse and unnecessary Ark steadying. More likely, Joseph simply misunderstood the ancestry of native Americans. God told him a lot of things, but not everything. He likely made an assumption that he deemed to be reasonable at the time, and that now can be clarified. Period. It doesn't make him less a prophet of God.

BevWel
Grants Pass, OR

Whoa!! No new revelations? What about the revelation on the priesthood? Joseph F. Smith's wonderful vision in D&C 138? What about the Proclamation on the Family which I consider revelation? And others. I never heard President Hinckley say there were no new revelations since Joseph Smith. Where is the source of that comment? The term "Prophet" indicates continuing revelation. We have a prophet and so we have continuing revelation!

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