If revelations from God have a shelf life, it defeats the purpose of a canon.
Cav Pilot wrote:"Mr. Scientist. Today it is called 'Chapter
11'"...which means it was not "legal" then, and
certainly not ethical nor moral.
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!
Mr. Scientist. Today it is called "Chapter 11"
"...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.
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.
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.