A White and Delightsome People

Who were they?

In referring to Native Americans (Indians) the Book of Mormon says, “and many generations shall not pass away among them, save they shall be a white and delight some people” (2 Nephi 30:6; 1979 ed.).

This prophecy never was fulfilled. Does it refer to those Native Americans who become Latter-day Saints? It should be noted that neither the skin pigmentation of the Indians converted to the Church of Latter-day Saints nor that of their descendants has been altered in the slightest because of their adherence to Church doctrine. Perhaps, this is why the phrase has been changed in the 1981 edition of the Book of Mormon to read “a pure and delightsome people.”

The change was made despite the fact that the Latter-day Church claims that Joseph Smith’s rendering into English of the Book of Mormon was divinely inspired. Joseph Smith stated: “. . . [W]e heard a voice from out of the bright light above us, saying, ‘These plates have been revealed by the power of God, and they have been translated by the power of God. The translation of them which you have seen is correct, and I command you to bear record of what you now see and hear‘” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church, vol. l, pp. 54-55).

It is quite evident that this prophecy did not occur within a few generations as promised. That is because the Book of Mormon is a false document in any language. Even those who publish that volume have recognized its untruthfulness and have made significant changes in its text in an attempt to hide this fact.

© Gerald Sigal