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  1. But what about this excerpt from a statement from the First Presidency (Benson, Hinckley, Monson): While other Bible versions may be easier to read than the King James Version, in doctrinal matters latter-day revelation supports the King James Version in preference to other English translations. All of the Presidents of the Church, beginning with the Prophet Joseph Smith, have supported the King James Version by encouraging its continued use in the Church. In light of all the above, it is the English language Bible used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (no date is given, but I believe it was sometime in the mid 90s). I guess that's not exactly "canonical," but it's close. I don't know about anyone else's experience, but in my area at the time it became a badge of faith to only use the KJV, much as dropping the use of the term Mormon has become more lately. It's good to see that this approach to the Bible has changed.
  2. It may be neither here nor there in terms of this discussion, but the idea of the democratization of the afterlife in ancient Egypt has fallen on hard times of late: https://uee.cdh.ucla.edu/articles/democratization_of_the_afterlife
  3. I've been waiting for someone to start a thread on this topic. Back in April the Maxwell Institute issued a revised mission statement, which reads in part: As a research community, the Institute supports scholars whose work inspires and fortifies Latter-day Saints in their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and engages the world of religious ideas. I wondered then if that was an early indication of a change in emphasis. Then a few weeks ago I learned that the Mormon Studies Review (and some of the other journals?) had been moved to the University of Illinois press, I believe. In Peterson's essay in the Interpreter he quotes Elder Holland as saying: "In the spirit of full disclosure, you should know that initially I was against any proposal to do at BYU what was called Mormon studies elsewhere because I knew what Mormon studies elsewhere usually meant." So I too have been wondering if this is yet another example of the pendulum swinging from one side to the other.
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