While winding through my massive amounts of backlogged email, I came across one that pointed out two interesting Web sites. Both of these sites were selling the “sealed portion” of the Book of Mormon. Goody. See, I guess when Joseph Smith, Jr., was “translating” the Book of Mormon (I think he was really sleeping with his head stuck in that hat), there was a portion–the “sealed” portion of the book–that God would not allow him to see or translate.
The time wasn’t right. Or Emma tried to sneak a peek at the plates. Or something like that…. Please don’t ask me for exact details. I’m not in the mood to go searching for them, so if I’m wrong, I’m wrong.
But apparently, at least according to some people, that portion is NOW unsealed. And for sale, too! When I did a Google search, I found a couple MORE “prophets” hawking THEIR version of the sealed portion.
Of course, my immediate reaction was not to get on my knees and pray for the burning bosom that would tell me which one of these “sealed portions” was THE true one.
I think we’ve already established I’m not much of a burning bosom kinda girl. More like a burning bra kinda girl. Yep, because upon learning about the “sealed portion,” my reaction was, “There is MORE of this dreck out there? AUUUGGGGH.”
I’ll make my own prophecy RIGHT here and now. OPENING the SEALED PORTION is not a good idea. There was a reason that God sealed those portions. I figure they were written by the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time-prophet. Which doesn’t say much for their quality, since the part that DID make it into the book needs a really good editor and some major rewriting. Don’t be offended Mormon. I know you tried, really, but writing well is hard.
Resist the temptation. Live on the edge. We’ve lived some 200-odd years without this knowledge. Do we REALLY need it now?