Gerald Smith wrote:
There are differences in why the Lord canonized the Bible, but not the Apocrypha.

In my opinion the Lord had nothing to do with it. The canon was chosen by apostate councils, that is, councils of professional clergy who met long after the Great Apostasy was complete and the priesthood was no longer upon the earth. That is why the 13th chapter of First Nephi speaks of "plain and precious" parts being removed. That is why the Book of Mormon was so essential the Lord actually buried up a copy in the earth for over 1500 years.

That leads me to another question about the "plain and precious parts" being removed from the Bible. Does this have reference to letters, words and phrases removed from the books that are included in the 66 book canon? Or does this have reference to book that were excluded when the canon was made up? Or both?

"While we cannot agree with others on certain matters, we
must never be disagreeable. We must be friendly,
soft-spoken, neighborly, and understanding." (President
Gordon B. Hinckley, October 2003)
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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