Matthew Godfrey: Understanding wording changes in the Doctrine and Covenants

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    Aug. 20, 2014 11:42 a.m.

    If revelations from God have a shelf life, it defeats the purpose of a canon.

  • A Scientist Provo, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:23 p.m.

    Cav Pilot wrote:

    "Mr. Scientist. Today it is called 'Chapter 11'"

    ...which means it was not "legal" then, and certainly not ethical nor moral.

  • Northern Lights Arco, ID
    Aug. 18, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    Congress didn't pass the first permanent bankruptcy laws in the United States until about 1898. I believe that Mr Godfrey makes a good argument as to why the Church published these revelations the way they are. In this period, I get the impression that Americans were more dependent on themselves than lawyers for legal protection. This is why I enjoy history!

  • Cav Pilot St George, UT
    Aug. 18, 2014 7:24 a.m.

    Mr. Scientist. Today it is called "Chapter 11"

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Aug. 17, 2014 3:11 p.m.

    "...but because there were still these outstanding debts of the firm, the church wanted to protect the members of the firm. So any mention of the members was replaced with pseudonyms. The real names were reintegrated back into the Doctrine and Covenants in the 1980s."

    "...It was more a means for the church to protect itself and its financial institutions from creditors at that time."

    When you owe money to someone, they have a legal, economic and ethical claim against you as your "creditor ".

    If, then, you engage in hiding information and obscuring identities in order to avoid having to pay legitimate debts to your creditors, that seems dishonest, immoral, and illegal.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Aug. 16, 2014 10:19 p.m.

    Perhaps the best lesson is that there is wisdom in protecting yourself legally. And that you can do so and still operate within the spirit. There is nothing lost and much is gained.

  • MrNirom1 Portland, OR
    Aug. 16, 2014 7:44 p.m.

    Always someone ready to exercise their God given free agency to mock that which is Holy and Sacred. Actually the phrase "peh le el" are the three Hebrew words that mean "mouth toward God." And truth... is still truth... no matter how modern society rejects it.