I was with 2 of my sisters and having a very interesting conversation. We had been talking about how much light the 1833 Book of Commandments vs 1835 D & C vs current 1981 D & C contains. Feeling how much light something or someone has is a very important part of the gift of discernment. Someone or something can have a great facade, great deeds, great talk, great representation, great respect, and great actions. But if we can’t differentiate what is REALLY going on, then we WILL be deceived in the last days.
Matthew 24:24 NLT
For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones.
I have learned to distinguish the light and/or truth something emanates. Upon asking the Lord, the answer I receive was that the first two were 99.8%, 98%, and 56/57% respectively. Quite a difference. My youngest sister (We will call her Sister 1) upon praying got something similar, though she had asked in a different way.
Same pattern though – most light and truth in the Book of Commandments (1833)
VERY close second in the amount of light and truth in the D &C (1835)
Much less light and truth in D & C (1981- the current version.)
Though you have to take this source with a grain of salt – CLICK HERE to see what has been either added to or removed since the 1835 version. Makes my gut wrench.
So we were explaining to my next youngest sister (We will call her Sister 2) the differences were the Lectures in Faith that were originally THE DOCTRINE of the Doctrine and Covenants and how that was taken out in 1921. Sister 2 seemed very alarmed with the information. It did not fit into her paradigm.
Sister 2 commented in a nervously defensive, though shocked voice, “Why would the prophets take something out and change it if it were important?”
We discussed how things had been changed since Joseph Smith and how he is the Dispensation head and the other presidents of the church were just marking time.
Then Sister 1 who is spiritually sighted, calmly but abruptly says to me, “Joseph Smith is right here, he is nodding at everything you are saying.”
I didn’t notice that until she said it, then I sensed him there. I thought it was so amazing he would consider it imporant to come to our 1 AM discussion. I said to him , “Nice! High five, fist bump!” (Hopefully that was not disrespectful!) I felt like this discussion is very important. I want to have that discussion with EVERYONE! Everyone needs to know that some of the truth were TAKEN OUT of the original D & C and have been doctored to engineer a certain way of thinking about things. Many things were also added by Joseph’s scribes that were not part of the original revelations. The Joseph Smith Papers do a great job and showing these differences.
Check HERE AGAIN to see the original Statement on Marriage that was in the original D & C and was replaced by D & C 132. I’ll take the original Statement on Marriage, thank you.
“Inasmuch as this Church of Christ has been reproached with the crime of fornication and polygamy, we declare that we believe that one man should have one wife, and one woman but one husband, except in the case of death, when either is at liberty to marry again.“
Sections 137 and 138 were added to the LDS Church’s 1981 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants. There have been no new revelations as part of the D & C since 1918. This should also be telling. We need to ask the Lord, seek Him out and ask why.
I will say for the record, upon reading D & C 1835 version, it has a very different feel to it – very differently structured, and full of light and truth. I highly recommend it! I purchased my copy HERE. Also can be purchased in Nauvoo at some of the bookstores.