I am thankful for living Prophets. We live in a confusing world. There are so so so many differing opinions and viewpoints on any given topic. Even the Bible can be hard to understand and interpret. Last night as I was getting ready for bed Kaden came in with his scriptures open and told me that he had been reading in Exodus and found something totally confusing. It was Exodus 32:14: "And the Lordrepented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people". He was genuinely confused and said, "I thought God was perfect so why would he repent?" In seconds I had looked up the answer to his question by finding the Joseph Smith translation of the Bible.
Exodus 32:9–14contains the record of a conversation between the Lord and Moses about the rebellious Israelites. These verses can be confusing because of what they say about the Lord.
The Prophet Joseph Smith changed this verse in his inspired translation of the Bible to read as follows: “And the Lord said unto Moses, If they will repent of the evil which they have done, I will spare them, and turn away my fierce wrath; but, behold, thou shalt execute judgment upon all that will not repent of this evil this day. Therefore, see thou do this thing that I have commanded thee, or I will execute all that which I had thought to do unto my people” (Joseph Smith Translation, Exodus 32:14
The Lord does not repent; He has no need to. The change made to Exodus 32:14 in the Joseph Smith Translation is in harmony with that doctrine. Further, this change by the Prophet corresponds to the original Hebrew, which conveys the idea of being sorry or of consoling oneself, indicating the Lord was frustrated with these people, but He did not need to repent of any wrongdoing.
The Joseph Smith translation of the Bible is such a gift. When Joseph Smith was 17 he said that the Angel Moroni told him that his name would “be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues.” Can you even imagine? This was a kid with a 3rd grade education living in a time when computers, mass communication, telephones and T.V's were non-exsistant. I am sure the idea that his name would be had at all must have seemed impossible let alone among all nations, kindreds, and tongues. Of all the things that Joseph Smith said this one thing can not be argued. He was 100% right. Our modern day prophets are not perfect men. The apostles that Jesus called personally while He lived on Earth were not perfect either. But I am thankful for them. I am thankful that God loves us and gives us leadership and direction, in a difficult world, through living Prophets.
“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance. That is why He pleads so earnestly with us through His prophets. Just as we want what is best for our loved ones, Heavenly Father wants what is best for us.” Dieter F. Uchtdorf