GOSPEL PRINCIPLES - WHY WERE CHANGES MADE?
Principles is a book published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (the Mormons or LDS). It is used to teach new members the doctrines of
their church. I received my 1978 edition about 1978 or 1979. There were also
1979, 1981, 1985 and 1986 editions. When I compare the 1978 through 1986
edition I find that all read the same for the issues discussed below. When I
compare the 1978-1986 editions to the newest one, the 1997 edition, some major
differences are noted.
1) 1978 Ed.: on page 9 we find,
"Our spirits resemble our heavenly parents although they have resurrected
2) 1978 Ed.: on page 58, item 7
has, "In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ atoned for the sins of all
mankind." And item 8 says, "Christ died on the cross at Calvary.
3) 1978 Ed.: on page 290 we
find, "We can become Gods like our Heavenly Father. This is
These changes are significant. Do they herald a real change in the teachings of
the Mormon church? Or are they just an attempt to do a better job in hiding
them? I don't know, but they certainly are consistent with how the president and
prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley,
three times avoided the same question posed by three interviewers in 1997. One
of them went as follows:
Q: There are some significant differences in
your beliefs. For instance, don't Mormons believe that God was once a man?
Let me remind you that this is just one of three
interviews in which the same question was asked. A second interview was recorded
in Time magazine of August 4, 1997, in an article titled "Kingdom
Come," page 56, middle column (bottom) had the following.
"On whether his church still holds that
God the Father was once a man, he sounded uncertain, ‘I don't know that we
teach it, I don't know that we emphasize it...I understand the philosophical
background behind it, but I don't know a lot about it, and I don't think others
know a lot about it."
What do you think?
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