Although Joseph Smith said God had pronounced the completed translation of the plates as published in 1830 correct, many changes were made in later editions. There are at least 3,913 changes, and not all of them minor or merely grammatical. The LDS Church suggests that the changes are unimportant, but actual examination does not bear this out, especially when one considers that the Golden Plates were supposedly translated letter-by-letter by the power of God (H. of C. 1, pp. 54-55). Spelling or grammatical errors are one thing, but changes in doctrine and errors in consistency and common sense are quite another.

1) Title page: 1830: "by Joseph Smith, Jr., author and proprietor."
Today: "translated by Joseph Smith, Jr."

2) First Book of Nephi, p. 25, 1830: "Behold, the virgin which thou seest, is the
mother of God, after the manner of the flesh."
Today: 1 Nephi 11: 18: "is the mother of the Son of God."

3) First Book of Nephi, p. 25, 1830: "behold the Lamb of God, yea, even the
Eternal Father!"
Today: 1 Nephi 11:21: "yea, even the Son of the Eternal Father!"

4) Second Book of Nephi, p. 117, 1830: "and many generations shall not pass
away among them, save they shall be a white and delightsome people."
Today: 2 Nephi 30:6: "and many generations shall not pass away among
them, save they shall be a pure and delightsome people."

5) Book of Alma, p. 303, 1830: "yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea,
decreeth unto them decrees which are unalterable according to their wills."
1950: Alma 29:4: "yea, I know that he allotteth unto men according to their
Today: Alma 29:4: "yea, I know that he allotteth unto men, yea, decreeth
unto them decrees which are unalterable according to their wills."

6) Book of Alma p. 315, 1830: "But behold, as the seed swelleth and sprouteth
and beginneth to grow, and then ye must needs say, That seed is good; for
behold, it swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow."
Today: Alma 32:30: "But behold, as the seed swelleth and sprouteth and
beginneth to grow, and then ye must needs say, That seed is good; for
behold, it swelleth and sprouteth and beginneth to grow. And now behold,
will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye
will say that I know that this is a good seed; for behold, it sprouteth and
beginneth to grow."

1) Book of Mosiah, p. 200, 1830: "on learning from the mouth of Ammon that
king Benjamin had a gift from God."
Today: Mosiah 21:28: "on learning from the mouth of Ammon that king
Mosiah had a gift from God."

2) Book of Mosiah, p. 214, 1830: "My soul was wrecked with eternal torment."
Today: Mosiah 27:29: "My soul was racked with eternal torment."

3) Book of Alma, p. 278, 1830: "the multitude beheld that the man had fell
dead." (Also p. 310)
Today: Alma 19:24: "the multitude beheld that the man had fallen dead."

4) Book of Alma, p. 388; 1830: "For behold, Ammon had sent to their
Today: Alma 57:17: "For behold, Ammoron had sent to their support."

Now, was it the Lord or Joseph Smith who could not spell, keep doctrine and characters straight. And who was it that even had serious problems with grammar and logic? There are even more strange things such as the following:

1) Jacob 7:27: "and to the reader I bid farewell, hoping that many of my brethren may read my words. Brethren, adieu." (What is a French word doing in a document supposedly written by a Hebrew in Egyptian living in America around 421 B.C.?)

2) Helaman 9:6: "when the judge had been murdered, he being stabbed by his brother by a garb of secrecy" (How can one be stabbed by a garb (garment)?)

3) Alma 13: 1: "my brethren, I would cite your minds forward to the time when the Lord God gave these commandments unto his children." (How can you ‘cite’ someone’s mind ‘forward’ to something that happened in the past?)

4) Alma 24:19: "they buried their weapons of peace, or they buried the weapons of war for peace." (What is a ‘weapon of peace’, and can it be the same as a weapon of war?)

5) Alma 43:38: "they being shielded from the more vital parts of the body." (How does one shield oneself from the vital parts of one’s own body?)

6) Ether 15:31: "And it came to pass that after he had smitten off the head of Shiz, that Shiz raised up on his hands and fell; and after that he struggled for breath, he died." (Impossible)

The sad thing is even after so many revisions it’s still chock full of inconsistencies and anachronisms.

10 Responses to “Why has the book of Mormon gone through so many changes since it was translated directly from tablets?”

  1. Andrew K Says:

    The sad thing is even after so many revisions it’s still chock full of inconsistencies and anachronisms.
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  2. Thomas M Says:

    It’s all total bollocks!
    Why try to rationalise a load of rubbish?
    Get real!
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  3. bigwoods Says:

    Wow I did not know that. It amazes me that so many people have been duped.
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  4. overstander Says:

    It has animals called cureloms and curoms in it. We don’t know what those are. That would indicate Smith was instructed letter by letter what to write down.

    It has words like Adieu and Isabel in it. That would indicate that God gave Smith the general idea and Smith came up with the words. It has horses and goats, which didn’t exist in the Americas during that time period. God must have meant some other animal. Why didn’t he tell Smith what He meant?

    Wait, there’s no consistency. I guess that happens when you have your head in your hat and are counting on a magic seer stone.
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  5. Mike Matney Says:

    Exactly. How do I know that the Book of Mormon is translated correctly? How do I know that the changes are correct if it wasn’t originally translated correctly? We don’t have it in the original language to even know Joseph Smith could translate a single word.

    With the Bible, we have thousands of early copies in the original language that compare very well. We can check the translation ourself if we so desire and verify that it is translated correctly.

    LDS – please don’t trust a feeling you get from a prayer. Feelings can be manufactured. Evil spirits can deceive people.

    2 Corinthians 11:3-4 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (4) For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

    phrog – Do those errors make the Book of Mormon message any less "correct?"


    P.S. – So…the printing press introduced 3,913 errors of grammar, logic, people’s names and on and on. That’s what they are telling you? Uh..ya. That’s a big pile of something. Remember – Thou shall not lie?

    And phrog – "Benjamin" changed to "Mosiah" in Mosiah 21:28 and Eth. 4:1.

    We both know that Benjamin was changed to Mosiah, because Benjamin was dead by that time in the story and made no sense at all. I guess the change was to make it more clear. But how do they know it was Mosiah? They don’t have a copy of the original document to see. Perhaps it should have been Uncle Jed? They don’t know.
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  6. phrog Says:

    Does the Book of Mormon contain errors?
    Yes, it does, along with every other printed document on the planet. Has the LDS Church tried to suppress that information?
    Do those errors make the Book of Mormon message any less "correct?"
    And again, the answer is a resounding No.

    edit: I once cut the head off a chicken and missed the voice box. The head lying on the ground, the body took off, flew (as chickens fly) to the peak of the shed and crowed. Your impossibilities have been my life experiences…..
    however, ‘smitten’ means struck….

    edit 2: @MikeMatney – The authenticity of the BoM is not affected by the changes that have been made, even to its text. The majority of those are minor corrections in spelling, punctuation, and grammar.

    There have been a few significant changes made by the Prophet to clarify the meaning of the text, not to change it. They are: *
    "the Son of" added to 1Ne. 11:18; 1Ne. 11:21, 1Ne. 11:32, and 1Ne. 13:40.
    "or out of the waters of baptism" added to 1Ne. 20:1.
    "white" changed to "pure" in 2_Ne. 30:6.
    "Benjamin" changed to "Mosiah" in Mosiah 21:28 and Eth. 4:1.
    "Words missing in Alma 32:30"[3] Alma 32:30-31

    if you use the meaning for the word ‘correct’ to mean without any errors, then I will agree – these changes would effect that – but the claim is for the message to be intact and it is, correct in it’s deliverance, ‘especially conforming to fact or truth’, which is also the definition of correct……along with reparations and adjustments. lol go figure.

    edit3:@MikeMatney The Prophet JS as translator was also a man dictating to another – I suppose it’s possible that something got written down wrong – by human error. And Benjamin changed to Mosiah was done by the Prophet JS himself – I guess he would know – and anything after that would also have been done at the current and presiding Prophets jurisdiction — so they had God. Who would know better?
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    *from FAIR

  7. Brother G The Mormon Says:

    Nice cutting and pasting from an anti mormon website

    The first printed edition wasn’t made by the church but was printed by a printing company in Palmyra, New York who made mistakes.

    The original and printing manuscripts which we have most of, have the correct translation.

    As for the bible there is a lot of things added and taken out
    the last 12 verses of Mark
    1 john 5:7 were added …compare the KJV and NIV
    The NIV uses more older manuscripts..

    I could bring more changes except I don’t look for websites to Paste and Cut.
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  8. half_vast_day Says:

    Phrog is right – the message of the Book of Mormon remains the same. I grew up around a printing press – mistakes get made and need to be corrected. That doesn’t mean the message was or is wrong. You can nit-pick if you want to – it is your choice……but as for me and my house…….
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  9. Alissa Says:

    lol… now lets talk about the changes to the BIBLE…. I don’t even know where i’d begin.

    and about the Book of Mormon, it went through a few changes because Joseph Smith wasn’t the scribe.
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  10. joshsybs Says:

    I see that you’re a fan of the Tanners.

    Your first grouping is all about readability and from an LDS perspective no doctrine was changed.

    For example anyone already believing in the story of Joseph Smith doesn’t believe in the Athanasian Trinity therefore clarifying Christ’s title in 3 places isn’t a big deal, nothing changed.

    The items listed under consistency were mistakes that have been corrected. In 536 pages dictated by Joseph Smith if Cowdery only misheard 4 phrases that’s pretty impressive.

    Then the other points you bring up:
    1 – It was translated, I doubt that Jacob wrote the word "Adieu", for that matter why is the book in english today not not reformed egyptian (obvious answer – it was translated that way).

    2 – garb also means "manner". So that reads ". . . by his brother in a manner of secrecy" – don’t insult yourself by not looking these things up before you post them to us.

    3 – one man wrote this in 82 BC, another summarized it in 380 AD, another translated it in 1828. That’s how.

    4 – This is a great evidence of the Book of Mormon as items like this occur quite frequently. Obviously the writer makes a mistake, so why not erase it – simple, it’s written on metals plates and once a mistake is made they are resolved by saying "but rather" with some authors and "or" by others.

    5 – Play soccer with me sometime and line up to block a penalty kick on the goal and I’m guessing that you might just shield yourself.

    6 – I’ve never pictures his head being cleanly severed off as "smitten" doesn’t mean that. Again, a good dictionary would help you out here.

    What’s sad, is you act like in 536 pages of text that’s the most you got out of it. What a waste.
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