Errors and omissions in Church history

On this page, I document a few examples of errors and omissions in the Joseph Smith Papers, the Saints book, scholarly publications, and other sources of information.

1. Joseph Smith Papers-Maps.

Look at this link:

Notice how the editors put quotation marks around the term "Lamanites." This use of quotation marks means the authors disagree with the term.

Here's how explains this punctuation.

Quotation marks around single words can occasionally be used for emphasis, but only when quoting a word or term someone else used. Usually, this implies that the author doesn’t agree with the use of the term.

He said he was “working”; it looked to me like he was procrastinating.

You call this filthy room “clean”?!

When quotation marks are put around a word in this way, they are called scare quotes.

Of course, the term Lamanites comes from the revelations in D&C 28, 30, and 32. Yet our Church historians who prepared these maps and the explanations think the Lord should not have called these Native American tribes Lamanites. Why?

Because these historians instead believe the Mesoamerican/two-Cumorahs theory (M2C) promoted by their peers at BYU and CES. As you read through the Joseph Smith Papers, you will find many such examples of editorial comments that reject the teachings of the prophets in favor of the teachings of the M2C scholars.

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