Changes to LDS Scriptures
Over the years the Mormon Church has made thousands of changes to its scriptures. LDS leaders have added and deleted words, and tampered with previously published revelations by writing in new material and falsely attributing it to an earlier date.
Click on the links below to see scanned images of examples of early Mormon Scriptures that were later modified.
- Book of Mormon (1830 ed.), 1 Nephi p. 25 — Changes the phrase "the virgin whom thou seest is the mother of God," to read in modern versions, "the mother of the Son of God." Later, on the same page the original phrase "the Lamb of God is the Eternal Father" now reads "the Lamb of God is the son of the eternal Father." This reflects Joseph Smith's changing doctrine of the nature of God.
compare to: 1 Nephi 11:18
- Book of Commandments (1835), Chapter 6 — Over 50 words added to the original revelation which alter the meaning and open the door for Joseph to give additional revelation.
compare to: Doctrine and Covenants 7:1-8
- Book of Commandments, Chapter 24 — Over 100 words added later to this revelation introducing terms and concepts not part of the LDS church when it was first formed. Such retroactive insertions of terms like "high priest", "presiding elder" and "high councilor" give the false impression that these elements were part of Mormon church since the beginning.
compare to: Doctrine and Covenants 20:49-68
- Book of Commandments, Chapter 28 — Over 300 words regarding the restoration of the Mormon priesthood have been added (apparently by Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery) to the end of this revelation. By adding the story of a supernatural appearance of Peter, James and John to a revelation dated 1830, it appears that the giving of the Melchizedek priesthood to Joseph and Oliver has been known since then. However, nothing is known or recorded of any such event until this revision was added in 1835.
compare to: Doctrine and Covenants 27
- The Evening and Morning Star, October 1832 — Once again several hundred words are added to an earlier revelation. These give detailed policy guidelines and retroactively add new concepts like "presidency of the church" and "stakes", giving the appearance that such things came directly from God through revelation.
compare to: Doctrine and Covenants 68
- Times and Seasons, vol. 3, p. 749 — Joseph's candid statement that he "frequently fell into many foolish errors and displayed the weakness of youth and the corruption of human nature, which I am sorry to say, led me into divers temptations, to the gratification of many appetites offensive in the sight of God" is modified and softened. The italicized words have been changed or deleted and an over 75 word disclaimer is added, which says in part, "In making this confession, no one need suppose me guilty of any great or malignant sins."
compare to: Joseph Smith — History 22-29