A couple years ago when we were studying Gospel Principles in church, my wife and I were preparing for the week’s lesson. During our study I noticed some differences in my book (from my mission) from what she was reading online. Even though the changes were minor, I was curious to know if there were more throughout the book. What I found was fascinating. Below I have listed some of the changes and bolded the things that I feel are significant so you can scan through it more quickly. Enjoy!

 

 

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CHAPTER 1 – OUR HEAVENLY FATHER
God is the one supreme and absolute being in whom we believe and whom we worship.  He is the Creator, Ruler, and Preserver of all things. God is the Supreme and Absolute Being in whom we believe and whom we worship. He is “the Great Parent of the universe,” and He “looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard”
Because we are made in His image (see Moses 2:26; 6:9), we know that our bodies are like His body. His eternal spirit is housed in a tangible body of flesh and bones (see D&C 130:22). God’s body, however, is perfected and glorified, with a glory beyond all description.
God is perfect. He is a God of love, mercy, charity…. God is perfect. He is a God of righteousness, with attributes such as love, mercy, charity…
All good things come from God.  Everything that he doesis to help his children become like him-a god. he has said, “…Behold, this is my work and my glory-tobring to pass the immortatlity and eternal life of man” All good things come from God. Everything that He does is to help His children become like Him. He has said, “Behold, this is my work and my glory—to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
CHAPTER 2 – OUR HEAVENLY FAMILY
Every person who was ever born on earth was our spirit brother or sister in heaven.  The first spirit born to our heavenly parents was Jesus Christ (see D&C 93:21). He is thus our elder brother (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 26).  Our spirits resemble our heavenly parents although they have resurrected bodies.  We have inherited the potential to develop their divine qualities.  If we choose to do so, we can become perfect, just as they are. Every person who was ever born on earth is our spirit brother or sister. Because we are the spirit children of God, we have inherited the potential to develop His divine qualities. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, we can become like our Heavenly Father and receive a fulness of joy.
We were not all alike in heaven.  We were given different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth. (See Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 51.) We can learn more about our talents and callings when we receive our patriarchal blessings (see Harold B. Lee, Stand Ye in Holy Places, p. 117). We were not all alike in heaven. We know, for example, that we were sons and daughters of heavenly parents—males and females (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World,” Ensign, Nov. 1995, 102). We possessed different talents and abilities, and we were called to do different things on earth. We can learn more about our “eternal possibilities” when we receive our patriarchal blessings (see Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1986, 82; or Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66).
Our Father in Heaven remembers who we were and what we did before we came here even though we have forgotten (see Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 50). A veil covers our memories of our premortal life, but our Father in Heaven knows who we are and what we did before we came here.
Our heavenly parents provided us with a celestial home more glorious and beautiful than any place on earth. We were happy there. Yet they knew that we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left them for a time.  They wanted us to develop every godlike quality that they have. To do this, we needed to leave our celestial home to be tested and to gain experience.  We needed to choose good over evil.  Our spirits needed to be clothed with a physical body.  We would need to leave our physical bodies at death and reunite with them in the resurrection. Our Heavenly Father knew we could not progress beyond a certain point unless we left Him for a time. He wanted us to develop the godlike qualities that He has. To do this, we needed to leave our premortal home to be tested and to gain experience. Our spirits needed to be clothed with physical bodies. We would need to leave our physical bodies at death and reunite with them in the Resurrection. Then we would receive immortal bodies like that of our Heavenly Father. If we passed our tests, we would receive the fulness of joy that our Heavenly Father has received. (See D&C 93:30–34.)
Since we could not progress further in heaven, our Heavenly Father called a Grand Council Our Heavenly Father called a Grand Council to present His plan for our progression
We learned that he would provide an earth for us where we would be tested. (Abraham 3:24-26.) A veil wold cover our memories, and we would forget our heavenly home.  This would be necessary so that we could choose good or evil because of our natural desire for good or evil.  We would not be influenced by the memory of living with our Heavenly Father. We learned that He would provide an earth for us where we would prove ourselves (see Abraham 3:24–26). A veil would cover our memories, and we would forget our heavenly home. This would be necessary so we could exercise our agency to choose good or evil without being influenced by the memory of living with our Heavenly Father.
At the Grand Council we also learned the purpose for our progression. We learned that we might have a fulness of joy. However, we also learned that not all of our Father’s children would want to receive a fulness of joy. Some of us would be deceived, choose other paths, and lose our way. At the Grand Council we also learned the purpose for our progression: to have a fulness of joy. However, we also learned that some would be deceived, choose other paths, and lose their way.
At this council we also learned that because of our weakness, all of us would sin. We learned that a Savior would be provided for us so that we could overcome our sins and overcome death with resurrection. We learned that if we obeyed his word and followed his example we would be exalted and become like our heavenly parents.  We would receive a fulness of joy. At this council we also learned that because of our weakness, all of us except little children would sin (see D&C 29:46–47). We learned that a Savior would be provided for us so we could overcome our sins and overcome death with resurrection. We learned that if we placed our faith in Him, obeying His word and following His example, we would be exalted and become like our Heavenly Father.
CHAPTER 3 – JESUS CHRIST, OUR CHOSEN LEADER AND SAVIOR
We understood that we would have to leave our heavenly home for a time. We would not live in the presence of our heavenly parents. We understood that we would have to leave our heavenly home for a time. We would not live in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Two of our brothers offered to help. Our oldest brother, Jesus Christ, who was then called Jehovah, said, “Here am I, send me” (Abraham 3:27). We needed a Savior to pay for our sins and teach us how to return to our Heavenly Father. Our Father said, “Whom shall I send?” (Abraham 3:27).
Under his proposal, our purpose in coming to earth would have been frustrated (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: David O. McKay [2003], 207).
The Savior’s followers “overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:11).
In our premortal life, we chose the right. We must continue to choose the right here on earth. Only by following Jesus can we return to our heavenly home. In our premortal life, we chose to follow Jesus Christ and accept God’s plan. We must continue to follow Jesus Christ here on earth. Only by following Him can we return to our heavenly home.
By following the Lord’s teachings, we can return to live with him and our heavenly parents in the celestial kingdom. He was chosen to be our Savior when we all attended the great council with our heavenly parents. When he became our Savior, he did his part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation. By following His teachings, we can inherit a place in the celestial kingdom. He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation.
CHAPTER 4 – FREEDOM TO CHOOSE
Agency may have been one of the first issues to arise in the premortal council in heaven. It was one of the main causes of the conflict between the followers of Christ and the followers of Satan. Satan said he would bring all of us back to our Father’s presence, but he would have taken away our agency. When his offer was rejected, he rebelled and was cast out of heaven with his followers (see D&C 29:36-37). Agency was one of the principal issues to arise in the premortal Council in Heaven. It was one of the main causes of the conflict between the followers of Christ and the followers of Satan. Satan said, “Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and I will redeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I will do it; wherefore give me thine honor” (Moses 4:1). In saying this, he “rebelled against [God] and sought to destroy the agency of man” (Moses 4:3). His offer was rejected, and he was cast out of heaven with his followers (see D&C 29:36–37).
We cannot choose unless the opposites of good and evil are placed before us. We cannot choose righteousness unless the opposites of good and evil are placed before us.
The consequences, whether good or bad, follow as a natural result of any choice we make (see Revelation 22:12). If we touch a hot flame, for example, we are burned. The consequences, whether good or bad, follow as a natural result of any choice we make (see Galatians 6:7; Revelation 22:12).
CHAPTER 6 – THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE
Adam and Eve were foreordained to become the parents of the human race. Adam and Eve were foreordained to become our first parents.
Although the scriptures do not tell us anything about Eve before she came to earth, she must have been a choice daughter of God. She was called Eve because she was the mother of all living (see Moses 4:26). She was given to Adam because God said “it was not good that the man should be alone” (Moses 3:18). Eve was “the mother of all living” (Moses 4:26). God brought Adam and Eve together in marriage because “it was not good that the man should be alone” (Moses 3:18; see also 1 Corinthians 11:11).
They had spiritual life because they were in the presence of God (see Bruce R. McConkie, Mormon Doctrine, p. 268) They had spiritual life because they were in the presence of God. They had not yet made a choice between good and evil.
God commanded them to have children and to learn to control the earth. God commanded them to have children.
Because Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord sent them out of the Garden of Eden into the world as we now know it. Their physical condition changed as a result of their eating the forbidden fruit. As God had promised, they became mortal. They were able to have children. Because Adam and Eve had eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the Lord sent them out of the Garden of Eden into the world. Their physical condition changed as a result of their eating the forbidden fruit. As God had promised, they became mortal.
Because Satan had introduced evil into the world, Adam and Eve and their children were separated from God both physically and spiritually. Adam and Eve and their children were separated from God both physically and spiritually.
CHAPTER 7 – THE HOLY GHOST
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead (see 1 John 5:7; D&C 20:28). He is a spirit that has the form and likeness of a man (see D&C 130:22). The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead (see 1 John 5:7; D&C 20:28). He is a “personage of Spirit” (D&C 130:22).
CHAPTER 9 – PROPHETS OF GOD
Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, sailed from Jerusalem to the American continent about six hundred years before the birth of Christ. Nephi, a Book of Mormon prophet, journeyed from Jerusalem to the Americas 600 years before the birth of Christ.
He holds the “keys of the kingdom,” meaning that he has the right to control the administration of the ordinances (see Matthew 16:19). No person except the chosen prophet and president can receive God’s will for the membership of the Church. He holds “the keys of the kingdom,” meaning that he has the authority to direct the entire Church and kingdom of God on earth, including the administration of priesthood ordinances (see Matthew 16:19). No person except the chosen prophet and President can receive God’s will for the entire membership of the Church. The Lord said, “There is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of this priesthood are conferred” (D&C 132:7). The President of the Church is assisted by his counselors in the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve, who are also prophets, seers, and revelators.
I say to Israel, the Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as president of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that the Lord would remove me out of my place, and so he will any other man who attempts to lead the children of men astray from the oracles of God and from their duty. God bless you” (Discourses of Wilford Woodruff, pp. 212-13; see also Official Declaration 1). “The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this Church to lead you astray. It is not in the programme. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Wilford Woodruff [2004], 199).
When we do as our prophet directs, blessings pour down from heaven.A story from the life of Lorenzo Snow, the fifth president of the restored Church, shows how God rewards his people for their obedience. In those days the Church was suffering great financial trouble and had little money to pay its debts. Then more trouble came. A great drought afflicted many of the Saints. President Snow went to the Lord and prayed for relief. One day as the prophet was speaking in the St. George Tabernacle in Utah, the Holy Ghost inspired him to promise the Saints that they would receive rain if they would pay a full tithe. He quoted Malachi: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, . . . and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). The people obeyed their prophet, and the rains fell on the parched crops. When we do as our prophet directs, blessings pour down from heaven.
In order to stand, the true Church must be built upon the foundation of prophets (see Ephesians 2:20). In order to stand, the true Church must be “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Ephesians 2:20).
CHAPTER 10 – SCRIPTURES
Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord has expanded our understanding of some passages in the Bible. The Lord inspired the Prophet Joseph to restore truths to the Bible text that had been lost or changed since the original words were written. These inspired corrections are called the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. In the Latter-day Saint edition of the King James Version of the Bible, selected passages from the Joseph Smith Translation are found on pages 797–813 and in many footnotes.
The Book of Moses contains an account of some of the visions and writings of Moses, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith in June and December 1830. The book of Moses contains an account of some of the visions and writings of Moses, revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith.
Their words come to us through conferences, Church publications, and instructions to local priesthood leaders. Their words come to us through conferences, the Liahona or Ensign magazine, and instructions to local priesthood leaders.
Our standard works should be placed where our children will see them and learn to love them and use them for the truths they contain. We should read the standard works with our children so they will learn to love them and use them for the truths they contain.
CHAPTER 11 – THE LIFE OF CHRIST
All of the prophets since Christ have testified that he did come. All of us need to study the life of the Savior and follow him faithfully throughout our lives. We each need to have a personal relationship with him. All of the prophets since Christ have testified that He did come. All of us need to study the life of the Savior and follow Him faithfully throughout our lives.
By the time he was twelve years old, Jesus knew he had been sent to do the will of his Father. He went with his parents to Jerusalem. When his parents were returning home, they discovered that he was not with their group. They went back to Jerusalem to look for him. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46-47). By the time He was 12 years old, Jesus had grown in His understanding that He had been sent to do the will of His Father. He went with His parents to Jerusalem. When His parents were returning home, they discovered that He was not with their group. They went back to Jerusalem to look for Him. “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, and they were hearing him, and asking him questions” (Joseph Smith Translation, Luke 2:46).
Joseph and Mary were relieved to find him but unhappy that he had treated them so. Mary said: “Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father [Joseph] and I have sought thee sorrowing.” Jesus answered her gently, reminding her that Joseph was only a stepfather: “Wist ye not that I must be about my [Heavenly] Father’s business?” (Luke 2:48-49). Joseph and Mary were relieved to find Him, but “they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.” Jesus answered her, saying, “Wist ye not that I must be about my [Heavenly] Father’s business?” (Luke 2:48–49).
When Jesus was thirty years old, he came to his cousin John to be baptized in the Jordan River. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus because he knew that Jesus had never sinned. When Jesus was 30 years old, He came to John the Baptist to be baptized in the Jordan River. John was reluctant to baptize Jesus because he knew that Jesus was greater than he.
Soon after Jesus’ baptism, Satan came to him to tempt him. He wanted Jesus to fail his mission. If Satan could get him to commit just one sin, then Jesus would not be worthy to be our Savior, and the plan would fail. In this way Satan could make us as miserable as he is. We would never be able to return to our Heavenly Father. Soon after Jesus was baptized, He fasted for 40 days and 40 nights to be with God. After that, Satan came to tempt Him. Jesus firmly resisted all of Satan’s temptations and then commanded Satan to leave. (See Matthew 4:1–11; see also Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 4:1, 5–6, 8–9, 11.) Jesus Christ remained sinless, the one perfect being to ever walk the earth (see Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:21–22).
After being tempted by Satan, Jesus began his public ministry. After His fast and His encounter with Satan, Jesus began His public ministry.
When his work of teaching and blessing the people was finished, Jesus prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of mankind. Near the end of His mortal ministry, Jesus prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice for all the sins of mankind.
In a modern revelation the Savior described how great his suffering was, saying it caused him “to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:18). The awful anguish of taking upon himself every sin that any human being has ever committed went through the Savior’s body. In a modern revelation the Savior described how great His suffering was, saying it caused Him “to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit” (D&C 19:18). He suffered “according to the flesh,” taking upon himself our pains, sicknesses, infirmities, and sins (see Alma 7:10–13).
After nine hours on the cross, he cried out in agony, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). In Jesus’ bitterest hour, the Father had withdrawn his spirit from him so Jesus could finish suffering the penalty for the sins of all mankind that Jesus might have complete victory over the forces of sin and death. After suffering on the cross, He cried out in agony, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). In Jesus’s bitterest hour, the Father had withdrawn from Him so Jesus could finish suffering the penalty for the sins of all mankind that Jesus might have complete victory over the forces of sin and death (see James E. Talmage, Jesus the Christ, 3rd ed. [1916], 660–61).
Some friends took the Savior’s body to a tomb, where it lay for three days. Some friends took the Savior’s body to a tomb, where it lay until the third day.
He willingly and humbly went through the sorrow in Gethsemane and the suffering on the cross.The Savior will have died in vain for our sins if we do not come unto him, repent of our sins, and love him with all our hearts. He willingly and humbly went through the sorrow in Gethsemane and the suffering on the cross so we could receive all the blessings of the plan of salvation. To receive these blessings, we must come unto Him, repent of our sins, and love Him with all our hearts.
CHAPTER 13 – THE PRIESTHOOD
The priesthood is the power and authority of God. By his priesthood power the heavens and the earth were created. The priesthood is the eternal power and authority of God. Through the priesthood He created and governs the heavens and the earth.
Our Heavenly Father shares his priesthood power with worthy male members of the Church. Our Heavenly Father delegates His priesthood power to worthy male members of the Church.
Only those who hold the priesthood can ordain others. Only those who hold the priesthood can ordain others, and they can do so only when authorized by those who hold the keys for that ordination (see chapter 14 in this book).
He can baptize and confirm, administer the sacrament He can baptize, confirm, and administer the sacrament when authorized by those who hold the keys for those ordinances.
Men use priesthood authority to preside in the Church in such callings as branch president, bishop, quorum president, or stake and mission leader. Women who hold positions in the Church as officers and teachers work under the direction of the priesthood. Men and women who hold positions in the Church as officers and teachers work under the direction of priesthood leaders and under the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
CHAPTER 14 – PRIESTHOOD ORGANIZATION
Those holding the Melchizedek Priesthood have the power and authority to lead the Church and direct the preaching of the gospel in all parts of the world. They are in charge of all the spiritual work of the Church (see D&C 84:19-22). They direct the work done in the temples; they preside over wards, branches, stakes, and missions; they heal the sick, bless babies, and give special blessings to Church members. Those holding the Melchizedek Priesthood have the power and authority to lead the Church and direct the preaching of the gospel in all parts of the world. They administer all the spiritual work of the Church (see D&C 84:19–22; 107:8). They direct the work done in the temples; they preside over wards, branches, stakes, and missions.
They are usually ordained to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood and can soon be advanced to higher offices if they are worthy. They are usually ordained to an office in the Aaronic Priesthood and can soon be ordained to other offices as they remain worthy.
To help fulfill this responsibility, they are usually called as home teachers. To help fulfill this responsibility, they are usually assigned to serve as home teachers.
Patriarchs are ordained by General Authorities, or by stake presidents when they are authorized by the Council of the Twelve, to give special patriarchal blessings to members of the Church. Patriarchs are ordained by General Authorities, or by stake presidents when they are authorized by the Council of the Twelve, to give patriarchal blessings to members of the Church.
An Apostle is a special witness of Jesus Christ in all the world An Apostle is a special witness of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world
All organizations in the Church work under the direction of priesthood leaders and help them carry out the work of the Lord. For example, the presidencies in a ward’s Relief Society, Young Women, Young Men, Primary, and Sunday School organizations serve under the direction of the bishopric. These organizations are called auxiliaries to the priesthood.
CHAPTER 15 – THE LORD’S COVENANT PEOPLE
As members of the Church, we also covenant to obey the law of chastity, to keep the Sabbath day holy, and to be honest.  DELETED
He made a special covenant with Abraham and his descendants that blesses members of the Church today. He made a special covenant with Abraham and his descendants that blesses members of the Church and all nations of the earth today.
God made the same covenant with Abraham’s son Isaac and again with Isaac’s son Jacob. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Since that time, the descendants of Jacob, called Israelites, have been known as God’s covenant people.  DELETED
When we are baptized into the Church, we are adopted into Abraham’s family and have part in the covenant the Lord made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob When we are baptized into the Church, we enter into the covenant the Lord made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
We have the right to hold the priesthood. We can gain eternal life in the celestial kingdom. There are no greater blessings than these. Worthy males have the right to hold the priesthood. Families can receive the blessings of the priesthood.
As the Lord’s covenant people, we must keep his commandments. As the Lord’s covenant people, we should keep His commandments.
How blessed we are to be God’s covenant people. To the faithful Saint, the Lord has promised, “All that my Father hath shall be given unto him”
CHAPTER 16 – THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST IN FORMER TIMES
Through the persecution and martyrdom of Church leaders and the general wickedness of the people, the Church of Jesus Christ was taken from the earth.Today the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored and is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of the offices and functions of the Church in the days of Jesus are present in the Church today. DELETED
It was compared to a perfectly formed building that was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” It was compared to a building that was “built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone”
The Apostles visited and wrote letters to the leaders in the various branches. The Apostles and other Church leaders visited and wrote letters to the various branches.
Later, other Apostles died or were killed. Paul, Barnabas, and James, the brother of the Lord, were all ordained in their places. DELETED
Everyone needed these saving ordinances of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. DELETED
Some members taught ideas from their old pagan or Jewish beliefs instead of the simple truths taught by Jesus. In addition, there was persecution from outside the Church. Church members were tortured and killed for their beliefs. One by one, the Apostles were killed. Some members taught ideas from their old pagan or Jewish beliefs instead of the simple truths taught by Jesus. Some rebelled openly. In addition, there was persecution from outside the Church. Church members were tortured and killed for their beliefs. One by one, the Apostles were killed or otherwise taken from the earth.
Because of the persecution, surviving Apostles could not meet to choose and ordain men to replace those who were dead. Eventually, local priesthood leaders were the only ones who had authority to direct the scattered branches of the Church. The perfect organization of the Church no longer existed, and confusion resulted. More and more error crept into Church doctrine, and soon the destruction of the Church was complete. Because of wickedness and apostasy, the apostolic authority and priesthood keys were also taken from the earth. The organization that Jesus Christ had established no longer existed, and confusion resulted. More and more error crept into Church doctrine, and soon the dissolution of the Church was complete.
This church was very different from the church Jesus organized. Members of this church believed that God was a being without form or substance. This church was very different from the church Jesus organized. It taught that God was a being without form or substance.
The emperor chose his own leaders and called them by the same titles used by priesthood leaders in the true Church of Christ. Church officers were given honor and wealth. Bishops and archbishops fought among themselves to gain more power. The emperor chose his own leaders and sometimes called them by the same titles used by priesthood leaders in the true Church of Christ.
CHAPTER 17 – THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST TODAY
The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth. He also said that the teachings of present churches were “an abomination in his sight” The Savior told him not to join any church because the true Church was not on the earth. He also said that the creeds of present churches were “an abomination in his sight”
When the Church was first organized, only the framework was set up. The organization was completed during the next several years. When the Church was first organized, only the framework was set up. The organization would develop as the Church continued to grow.
Twelve Apostles, who are special witnesses of Jesus Christ, teach the gospel in all parts of the world. Twelve Apostles, who are special witnesses of the name of Jesus Christ, teach the gospel and regulate the affairs of the Church in all parts of the world.
1. Our Heavenly Father is a real person with a tangible, perfected body of flesh and bones. 1. Our Heavenly Father is a real being with a tangible, perfected body of flesh and bones, and so is Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.
6. There are three degrees of glory in the heavens, and people will be rewarded according to their actions on earth. 6. There are three kingdoms of glory in the heavens, and through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, people will be rewarded according to their actions on earth and according to the desires of their hearts.
8. The temple endowment and sealings are available for both the living and the dead. 8. Ordinances and covenants are required for salvation and are available for both the living and the dead.
CHAPTER 18 – FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. It is necessary to our salvation. King Benjamin declared, “Salvation cometh to none . . . except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ” Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the first principle of the gospel. It is a spiritual gift, and it is necessary to our salvation. King Benjamin declared, “Salvation cometh to none … except it be through repentance and faith on the Lord Jesus Christ”
There is no faith where there is no obedience. Likewise, there is true obedience only where there is faith. DELETED
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught:“When faith comes it brings . . .  “When faith comes it brings …
CHAPTER 28 – SERVICE
We can help those in need by giving a generous fast offering.
He is our God and Savior and Lord of the universe, yet he did many humble acts of service. He is the Creator of the earth and our Savior, yet He did many humble acts of service.
CHAPTER 29 – THE LORD’S LAW OF HEALTH
The Spirit of our Heavenly Father can be with us if our bodies are clean. The Holy Ghost can be with us if our bodies and minds are clean.
If we do not obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord’s Spirit may not dwell with us. If we do not obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord’s Spirit withdraws from us.
Church leaders have said that this means coffee and tea, which contain harmful drugs. We should avoid all drinks that contain harmful drugs. Church leaders have said that this means coffee and tea, which contain harmful substances. We should avoid all drinks that contain harmful substances.
We should not use any substance that is habit forming. The Word of Wisdom does not tell us everything to avoid, but it does give us guidelines. We should not use any substance that is habit forming. We should also avoid overeating. The Word of Wisdom does not tell us everything to avoid or consume, but it does give us guidelines.
Grains are good for us. Wheat is especially good for us. Grains may be used also to make mild drinks. Grains are good for us. Wheat is especially good for us.
A latter-day prophet has told us that people “should learn to keep their bodies healthy by right living, . . . by inhaling pure air, taking plenty of exercise, and bathing . . . often in fresh water” (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine, p. 241). A latter-day prophet has told us that we should keep our bodies healthy. He counseled, “Nutritious meals, regular exercise, and appropriate sleep are necessary for a strong body, just as consistent scripture study and prayer strengthen the mind and spirit” (Thomas S. Monson, in Conference Report, Oct. 1990, 60; or Ensign, Nov. 1990, 46).
CHAPTER 30 – CHARITY
The Savior gave us the example of his life to follow. He was a perfect man. The Savior gave us the example of His life to follow. He was the Son of God.
CHAPTER 31 – HONESTY
Complete honesty is necessary for our salvation. An Apostle of the Lord has said: “Honesty is a principle of salvation in the kingdom of God. . . . Just as no man or woman can be saved without baptism, so no one can be saved without honesty” (Mark E. Petersen, in Conference Report, Oct. 1971, p. 63; or Ensign, Dec. 1971, p. 72). Complete honesty is necessary for our salvation. President Brigham Young said, “If we accept salvation on the terms it is offered to us, we have got to be honest in every thought, in our reflections, in our meditations, in our private circles, in our deals, in our declarations, and in every act of our lives” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 293).
Copying music, movies, pictures, or written text without the permission of the copyright owners is dishonest and is a form of theft.
CHAPTER 32 – TITHES AND OFFERINGS
A tithe is one-tenth of our increase. This means that we give one-tenth of all we earn before we pay for our own needs such as food, clothing, and shelter. If our increase is in the form of flocks, herds, or crops rather than money, we give one-tenth of those things (see Leviticus 27:30-32). DELETED
The First Presidency has explained that “one-tenth of all their interest annually” refers to our income (see First Presidency letter, Mar. 19, 1970).
CHAPTER 33 – MISSIONARY WORK
Since that time thousands of missionaries have been called and sent forth to preach the gospel. Since that time, over one million missionaries have been called and sent forth to preach the gospel.
Every member of the Church is to be a missionary. Every member of the Church is a missionary.
CHAPTER 34 – DEVELOPING OUR TALENTS
Sometimes the Lord gives us weaknesses so we will work hard and overcome them. With his help, our weaknesses can become our strengths Because we are mortal and fallen, we have weaknesses. With the Lord’s help, our weakness and fallen nature can be overcome
CHAPTER 36 – THE FAMILY CAN BE ETERNAL
The first family on earth was established by our Heavenly Father when he gave Eve to Adam in marriage (see Moses 3:21-24). Since then, each of us has been commanded to marry and have children so that through our own experience we can learn to be heavenly parents. President Brigham Young explained that our families are not yet ours. The Lord has committed them to us to see how we will treat them. Only if we are faithful will they be given to us forever. What we do on earth determines whether or not we will be worthy to become heavenly parents (see chapter 2, “Our Heavenly Family”). DELETED
CHAPTER 37 – FAMILY RESPONSIBILITIES
If we all do our part, we will be able to live together as a family forever. If we all do our part, we will be united eternally.
The father is the patriarch of the family and has important responsibilities that are his alone. DELETED
When a man holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he can share these blessings by naming and blessing babies, administering to the sick, baptizing children, and giving special priesthood blessings and ordinations. When a man holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he can share these blessings by administering to the sick and giving special priesthood blessings. Under the direction of a presiding priesthood leader, he can bless babies, baptize, confirm, and perform priesthood ordinations.
President David O. McKay said that motherhood is woman’s noblest calling President David O. McKay said that motherhood is the noblest calling…If there is no father in the home, the mother presides over the family.
CHAPTER 38 – ETERNAL MARRIAGE
Marriage between a man and a woman is a vital part of God’s plan.
Our exaltation depends on marriage. Our exaltation depends on marriage, along with other principles and ordinances, such as faith, repentance, baptism, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like him. We must live this law to be able to have spirit children. Heavenly Father has given us the law of eternal marriage so we can become like Him.
In the temple, Latter-day Saint couples kneel at one of the sacred altars in the presence of their family and friends and two special witnesses. In the temple, Latter-day Saint couples kneel at one of the sacred altars in the presence of their family and friends who have received the temple endowment.
Because we have been married in God’s ordained way, we are entitled to an outpouring of the Spirit on our marriage as we remain worthy.
We can, at some future time, increase our family by having spirit children. DELETED
The Lord has said that if we are true and faithful, we will pass by the angels to our exaltation. We will become gods. The Lord has said that if we are true and faithful, we will enter into our exaltation. We will become like our Heavenly Father.
CHAPTER 39 – THE LAW OF CHASTITY
We, like Adam and Eve, are to provide physical bodies for these spirit children through sexual reproduction. We, like Adam and Eve, are to provide physical bodies for these spirit children.
The powers of procreation are sacred. God has commanded us that only in marriage are we to have sexual relations. God has commanded us that only in marriage between a man and a woman are we to have sexual relations.
Those Israelites who broke this commandment were put to death (see Leviticus 20:10). The Lord repeated this commandment to the Prophet Joseph Smith Those Israelites who broke this commandment were subject to severe penalties. The Lord has repeated this commandment in the latter days
Elder Spencer W. Kimball warned young people of other sexual sins:”Among the most common sexual sins our young people commit are necking and petting. Not only do these improper relations often lead to fornication, [unwed] pregnancy, and abortions–all ugly sins–but in and of themselves they are pernicious evils, and it is often difficult for youth to distinguish where one ends and another begins. They awaken lust and stir evil thoughts and sex desires. They are but parts of the whole family of related sins and indiscretions” (The Miracle of Forgiveness, p. 65). The First Presidency warned young people of other sexual sins:“Before marriage, do not do anything to arouse the powerful emotions that must be expressed only in marriage. Do not participate in passionate kissing, lie on top of another person, or touch the private, sacred parts of another person’s body, with or without clothing. Do not allow anyone to do that with you. Do not arouse those emotions in your own body” (For the Strength of Youth [pamphlet, 2001], 27).
They really added a ton here! “NO TOUCHING” – Arrested DevelopmentSide note: The church has since changed it’s position on gays, slightly from what is stated here. Again…slightly… or better said, they have chosen slightly better words. Like other violations of the law of chastity, homosexual behavior is a serious sin. Latter-day prophets have spoken about the dangers of homosexual behavior and about the Church’s concern for people who may have such inclinations. President Gordon B. Hinckley said:“In the first place, we believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God. We believe that marriage may be eternal through exercise of the power of the everlasting priesthood in the house of the Lord.“People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church. If they violate the law of chastity and the moral standards of the Church, then they are subject to the discipline of the Church, just as others are.“We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity, if they try to uphold and defend and live in a so-called same-sex marriage situation. To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1998, 91; or Ensign, Nov. 1998, 71).
It is extremely important to our Heavenly Father that his children obey the law of chastity. Members of the Church who break this law may be disfellowshipped or excommunicated (see D&C 42:22-26, 80-81). All those who do not repent after committing adultery will not be able to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ but will live in the telestial kingdom (see D&C 76:81-86, 103-5; see also chapter 46, “The Last Judgment”). It is extremely important to our Heavenly Father that His children obey the law of chastity. Members of the Church who break this law or influence others to do so are subject to Church discipline.
Peace comes only through forgiveness. But forgiveness has a high price. Peace comes only through forgiveness.
CHAPTER 40 – TEMPLE WORK AND FAMILY HISTORY
When a man and woman are married in the temple, their children also become part of their eternal family. Couples who have been married civilly can receive these blessings by preparing themselves and their children to go to the temple and be sealed to each other. When a man and woman are married in the temple, their children who are born thereafter also become part of their eternal family. Couples who have been married civilly can receive these blessings by preparing themselves and their children to go to the temple and be sealed to each other. Parents who adopt children legally may have those children sealed to them.
CHAPTER 41 THE POSTMORTAL SPIRIT WORLD (chapter 45 in the 1997 version)
The spirit world is a place of waiting, working, learning, and resting from care and sorrow. The spirit world is a place of waiting, working, learning, and, for the righteous, resting from care and sorrow.
In a funeral sermon, Joseph Smith declared that the spirits of righteous people who have died “are not far from us, and know and understand our thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and are often pained therewith” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 326). Other latter-day prophets have made similar statements. President Ezra Taft Benson said: “Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, p. 18; or Ensign, June 1971, p. 33). President Brigham Young said: “Where is the spirit world? It is right here” (Discourses of Brigham Young, p. 376). Latter-day prophets have said that the spirits of those who have died are not far from us. President Ezra Taft Benson said: “Sometimes the veil between this life and the life beyond becomes very thin. Our loved ones who have passed on are not far from us” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 18; or Ensign, June 1971, 33). President Brigham Young taught that the postmortal spirit world is on the earth, around us (see Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young [1997], 279).
Why is it important to know that our spirits will have the same attitudes in the spirit world that they have now?
After suffering in full for their sins, they will be allowed to inherit the lowest degree of glory, which is the telestial kingdom. After suffering for their sins, they will be allowed, through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to inherit the lowest degree of glory, which is the telestial kingdom.
The hell in the spirit world will not continue forever. Even the spirits who have committed the greatest sins will have suffered sufficiently by the end of the Millennium (see Acts 2:25-27). They will then be resurrected. DELETED
CHAPTER 42 – THE GATHERING OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL
The capital city of Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C., and the remaining two tribes of Israel were taken captive. Later, some of the members of these tribes returned and rebuilt Jerusalem. Just before Jerusalem was destroyed, Lehi and his family left the city and settled in the Americas. The Lamanites are descendants of Lehi’s people. The capital city of Jerusalem was destroyed in 586 B.C., and many members of the remaining two tribes of Israel were taken captive. Later, some of the members of these tribes returned and rebuilt Jerusalem. Just before Jerusalem was destroyed, Lehi and his family, who were members of the house of Israel, left the city and settled in the Americas.
The Lord has some important reasons for gathering the Israelites. The people of Israel need to learn the teachings of the gospel and prepare themselves to meet the Savior when he comes again. The Israelites have the responsibility of building temples and performing sacred ordinances for ancestors who died without having this opportunity. The covenant people of God must take the gospel to all nations. They must fulfill the covenant to be a blessing to all the world. DELETED
God gathers His children through missionary work. As people come to a knowledge of Jesus Christ, receiving the ordinances of salvation and keeping the associated covenants, they become “the children of the covenant” (3 Nephi 20:26). He has important reasons for gathering His children. He gathers them so they can learn the teachings of the gospel and prepare themselves to meet the Savior when He comes again. He gathers them so they will build temples and perform sacred ordinances for ancestors who have died without having this opportunity. He gathers them so they can strengthen one another and be unified in the gospel, finding protection from unrighteous influences in the world. He also gathers them so they can prepare themselves to share the gospel with others.
The physical gathering of Israel means that the Israelites will be “gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise” The physical gathering of Israel means that the covenant people will be “gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise”
Elder Bruce R. McConkie said:”Every stake on earth is the gathering place for the lost sheep of Israel who live in its area.”The gathering place for Peruvians is in the stakes of Zion in Peru, or in the places which soon will become stakes. The gathering place for Chileans is in Chile; for Bolivians it is in Bolivia; for Koreans it is in Korea; and so it goes through all the length and breadth of the earth. Scattered Israel in every nation is called to gather to the fold of Christ, to the stakes of Zion, as such are established in their nations” (“Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, p. 118). DELETED
Elder Russell M. Nelson said: “The choice to come unto Christ is not a matter of physical location; it is a matter of individual commitment. People can be ‘brought to the knowledge of the Lord’ [3 Nephi 20:13] without leaving their homelands. True, in the early days of the Church, conversion often meant emigration as well. But now the gathering takes place in each nation. … The place of gathering for Brazilian Saints is in Brazil; the place of gathering for Nigerian Saints is in Nigeria; the place of gathering for Korean Saints is in Korea; and so forth. Zion is ‘the pure in heart.’ [D&C 97:21.] Zion is wherever righteous Saints are” (in Conference Report, Oct. 2006, 85; or Ensign, Nov. 2006, 81).
CHAPTER 43 / CHAPTER 41 (1997) – SIGNS OF THE SECOND COMING
The Lamanites Will Become a Great People Lehi’s Descendants Will Become a Great People
The Lord said that when his coming was near, the Lamanites would become a righteous and respected people. He said, “Before the great day of the Lord shall come, . . . the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose” (D&C 49:24). Great numbers of Lamanites in North and South America and the South Pacific are now receiving the blessings of the gospel. The Lord said that when His coming was near, the Lamanites would become a righteous and respected people. He said, “Before the great day of the Lord shall come, … the Lamanites shall blossom as the rose” (D&C 49:24). Great numbers of Lehi’s descendants are now receiving the blessings of the gospel.
We do not need to worry about the calamities but can look forward to the coming of the Savior and be glad. We have been warned of calamities and told to prepare for them, but we can also look forward to the coming of the Savior and be glad.
CHAPTER 45 / CHAPTER 44 (1997)- THE MILLENNIUM
Because of the destruction of the wicked at the Savior’s Second Coming, only righteous people will live on the earth at the beginning of the Millennium. They will be those who have lived virtuous and honest lives. These people will inherit either the terrestrial or celestial kingdom.
Brigham Young taught that there will be nonmembers of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living on earth as well as members. DELETED
Joseph Smith explained that Jesus and the resurrected Saints will probably not live on the earth all the time but will visit whenever they please or when necessary to help in the governing of the earth Joseph Smith explained that Jesus will “reign over the Saints and come down and instruct
The earth will again be as it was when Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden (see Articles of Faith 1:10). The whole earth will be a delightful garden. There will not be different continents as we have now, but the land will be gathered in one place as it was in the beginning (see D&C 133:23-24). DELETED
The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that during the Millennium, “the earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory”
CHAPTER 46 – THE FINAL JUDGEMENT
In this scripture (Revelation 20:12), John the Revelator is referring to the Final Judgment. This judgment is the last in a long series of judgments. In the premortal life all spirits who were judged worthy were allowed to receive a body and come to earth. Here on earth we are often judged as to our worthiness to receive opportunities within the kingdom of God. When we are baptized we are judged worthy to receive this ordinance. When we are called to serve in the Church or interviewed for a priesthood advancement or a temple recommend, we are judged. DELETED
They will be visited by Jesus Christ but not by our Heavenly Father. (See D&C 76:73-79.) They will not be part of eternal families; they will live separately and singly forever (see D&C 131:1-4). They will be visited by Jesus Christ but not by our Heavenly Father. (See D&C 76:73–79.)
CHAPTER 47 – EXALTATION
When we lived with our Heavenly Father, he explained a plan for progression to us, his spirit children.   When we lived with our Heavenly Father, He explained a plan for our progression.
The plan provided that when earth life was ended, we would be judged and rewarded according to the degree of our obedience.  We would then be assigned the place we had earned for our eternal home. The plan provided that when earth life ended, we would be judged and rewarded according to the degree of our faith and obedience.
Jesus taught, “In my Father’s house are many mansions” (John 14:2). From the scriptures we learn that there are three degrees or kingdoms of glory in heaven… DELETED
If we prove faithful and obedient to all the commandments of the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, just like our Heavenly Father. Exaltation is the highest reward that our Heavenly Father can give his children. The Lord has said that exaltation is the greatest gift of all the gifts of God (see D&C 14:7)… If we prove faithful to the Lord, we will live in the highest degree of the celestial kingdom of heaven. We will become exalted, to live with our Heavenly Father in eternal families. Exaltation is the greatest gift that Heavenly Father can give His children (see D&C 14:7).
Those who live the commandments of the Lord and receive eternal life (exaltation) in the celestial kingdom will receive special blessings.  The Lord has said: ” All[things] are theirs”. These are some of the special blessings given to exalted persons: Those who receive exaltation in the celestial kingdom through faith in Jesus Christ will receive special blessings. The Lord has promised, “All things are theirs” (D&C 76:59). These are some of the blessings given to exalted people:
Our Heavenly Father is perfect. However, he is not jealous of his wisdom and perfection.  He glories in the fact that it is possible for his children to become like him.  He has said: “This is my work and my glory-to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39) Our Heavenly Father is perfect, and He glories in the fact that it is possible for His children to become like Him. His work and glory is “to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man” (Moses 1:39).
He commands us all to receive certain ordinances:4. We must be married for time and all eternity. He commands us all to receive certain ordinances:3. Brethren must receive the Melchizedek Priesthood and magnify their callings in the priesthood.5. We must be married for eternity, either in this life or in the next.
  • 2. Keep the commandments.
4. Live the law of chastity.
5. Pay honest tithes and offerings.
6. Be honest in our dealings with others and with the Lord.
7. Speak the truth always.
8. Obey the Word of Wisdom…
10. Keep the Sabbath day holy…
14. Honor our parents…
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Why are faith in and obedience to Jesus Christ necessary to become exalted?
What ordinances must we accept in order to become exalted?
What laws does the Lord give us that we must obey to become exalted?
  • •How do ordinances and covenants prepare us for exaltation?
  • •How does faith in Jesus Christ help us obey the commandments?
  • •Why must we learn to follow the direction of the Holy Ghost to become exalted?
This is the way our Heavenly Father became a God. Joseph Smith taught, “it is the first principle of the Gospel to know for a certainty the character of God… he was once a man like us;… God himself, the Father of us all, dwelt on an earth, the same as Jesus Christ himself did” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 345-46). The Prophet Joseph Smith taught: “When you climb up a ladder, you must begin at the bottom, and ascend step by step, until you arrive at the top; and so it is with the principles of the gospel—you must begin with the first, and go on until you learn all the principles of exaltation. But it will be a great while after you have passed through the veil [died] before you will have learned them. It is not all to be comprehended in this world; it will be a great work to learn our salvation and exaltation even beyond the grave” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith [2007], 268).
Imagine what joy each of us will have when we return to our Heavenly Father if we can say: “Father, I did what you wanted me to do.  I have been faithful and have kept all thy commandments… Imagine what joy each of us will have when we return to our Heavenly Father if we can say: “Father, I lived according to Thy will. I have been faithful and have kept all thy commandments…”

Side note: I almost quit this project because it was really testing my typing skills! Fortunately, about halfway through I finally came across an old version of the Gospel Principal book online.

So why the changes??

Corrections/Updates

Books are written by men. Men can make errors that, over time, require correction or clarification. I’m sure that certain topics and ideas have matured or changed in other ways (whether slightly or greatly) since the book’s original publication, which demanded some degree of clarification or revision. I also noticed a lot of changes in references. For example, Journal of Discourses and Mormon Doctrine are no longer referenced. And, for the most part, newer quotes replaced older quotes.

Limited in our language

We are limited in the language we speak. Some words are better used than others. Some words are better understood than others. I learned this quickly as I studied Spanish in school. Some things were just better said in Spanish. For example: Espiritu Santo (Holy Spirit) instead of Holy Ghost provides a not-so-scary translation of the third member of the Godhead – ghosts are scary! Which phrase is better: “being tested” (old version) or “proving ourselves” (new version)? To me, the new version of “proving ourselves” is more relevant.

More opportunities for individual interpretation of scripture

I believe that this is definitely a good thing. I think it is better to leave interpretation of certain scriptures or concepts up to the reader. The recent 2013 chapter heading changes in the scripture do the same thing – they pull away from interpreting the scripture for the reader and leave it more open to interpretation. Sometimes this is done intentionally to make a principle more applicable or to allow for a softer interpretation. For example: “Those Israelites who broke this commandment were put to death” was changed to “Those Israelites who broke this commandment were punished severely.” I think that is pretty funny! Yes, death is certainly a severe punishment!

More specific regarding authority

In some instances, I feel that the new text outlines specific boundaries for exercising priesthood authority. For example: “Only those who hold the priesthood can ordain others, and they can do so only when authorized by those who hold the keys for that ordination. Or this: “He can baptize, confirm, and administer the sacrament when authorized by those who hold the keys for those ordinances.There must have been some rogue dude running around ordaining random people!

Shifts in culture, ideas, and teachings

Did you notice how overwhelmingly “heavenly parents” was taken out of the text? In 2009, I assume that the church leadership was perhaps not entirely comfortable with the idea of people possibly praying to a mother. While they did add it in some places, they took it out in many more. I think that is sad.

Did you catch the language shift regarding becoming a god in Chapter 1? So are we going to become gods or not? Are we trying to tiptoe away from that theology? Is there a difference in saying that we will become gods vs. saying that we will be like our Heavenly Father?

I also noticed that gender roles softened. Did you get that vibe? “Men are to preside” was scratched out. I think this is a shift within the culture of the church as women are slowly gaining more of a voice.

These are our beliefs; nothing is proven

I know that because of what I’m about to say, people are going to fly off the handle and think I’m in crazy town, but here it goes. When I carefully look over the changes, I see this – ideas and beliefs being worked out. I feel a sense of uncertainty, a sense that we aren’t exactly sure. I think that is just fine. In my own life, I don’t know anything when it comes to things of God. I have faith and hope. The brother of Jared is an example of knowledge vs. faith: “and he saw the finger of Jesus, which, when he saw, he fell with fear; for he knew that it was the finger of the Lord; and he had faith no longer, for he knew, nothing doubting.”

Certainty and truth claims are rarely associated with humility. Without humility we are not as open to new information or any new revelation. The quickest way to end any exploration and discovery of truth is to state, “I know.” I have found in my life that you have to become comfortable with not knowing. It seems like the older I get and the more knowledge I obtain, I come to the realization that I really don’t know that much; that the real beauty and self-discovery is in the search for answers, even though you might not find what you are looking for.

What do you think of these changes? What do you think was the most dramatic?

Pablo

Born and raised in Northern California, Pablo received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Pablo served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs a skate shop and batting cages in Orem, UT. He's married and has 4 boys.

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