Much has already been written about Pres Nelson’s YSA devotional he gave last Tuesday at BYU. Pres Nelson made some interesting assertions during his talk, like the POX was “motivated by love” for the children, and the reversal of the POX was “motivated by love” for the children. He also said that “prophets aren’t popular.” This was said by a prophet that lives a very comfortable lifestyle. He travels in a private jet, is treated like a rock star everywhere he goes, and has received nothing but adulation from the members of the church for the past 40 years.

I’d like to concentrate on one particular paragraph. This is from the 17 Aug post at “thechurchnews” web site.

For example, let’s consider the definition of marriage.  In recent years, many countries, including the United States, have legalized same-sex marriage.  As members of the Church, we respect the laws of the land and abide by them, including civil marriage.  The truth is, however, that in the beginning—in the beginning—marriage was ordained by God!  And to this day it is defined by Him as being between a man and a woman.  God has not changed His definition of marriage.

But if we look at the church’s “newsroom” website that was published later, probably on Sept 19th, that same paragraph is missing a sentence

For example, let’s consider the definition of marriage. In recent years, many countries, including the United States, have legalized same-sex marriage. As members of the Church, we respect the laws of the land and abide by them, including civil marriage. The truth is, however, that in the beginning—in the beginning—marriage was ordained by God! And to this day it is defined by Him as being between a man and a woman.

“God has not changed His definition of marriage” is missing from the second, more recent publication. This is not the first time that words have been changed before publication, but it is the first time I remember a talk being published in two different places (Church News and Newsroom) being different. You can watch the talk online and see him say the words. (see 28:43 in the video) Also I don’t know of any prophet in my lifetime having his words changed. Its one thing to change the rouge 70 (Elder Poelman) or a hard nose Apostle (Elder Packard), but the Prophet? (See Peggy Stack’s history of changes in the SLTrib article here)

So why the change? Did correlation not review his talk before hand, or are his talks exempt? Who do you think pointed out to Pres Nelson that God did change his definition of marriage in 1890 (although it took the church another 20 years to actually implement His changed definition.

I personally think someone pointed out to Pres Nelson that the modern day polygamist were going to make a big deal out of this sentence, and use it to show that the LDS church has changed the definition of marriage contrary to Gods commandments, and even the current LDS prophet agrees!

What are your thoughts?