The Mormons did it again. They changed the Book of Mormon to make it a bit less embarrassing.
To see this best, though, you need to go get your Book of Mormon. I know you've got one somewhere. I'll wait.
OK, good. You found it.
Now check out the last sentence of the second paragraph of the official "Introduction" (assuming you got yours before November 2007).
After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are the principal ancestors of the Native Americans.
And here it is after the change.
After thousands of years, all were destroyed except the Lamanites, and they are among the ancestors of the Native Americans.
See the difference? The Lamanites went from "the principal ancestors" of the American Indians to being "among the ancestors."
If that doesn't seem like a big deal to you, you're not a Mormon. Because until 2007 the LDS church taught and every Mormon believed that the Lamanites were the (principal and only) ancestors of the Native Americans.
But then in 2007, the LDS church demoted the Lamanites to "among" status because it became too embarrassing to claim otherwise.
Once again, get out your silly blue book and read the introduction to 2 Nephi 5.
The Nephites separate themselves from the Lamanites, keep the law of Moses, and build a temple -- Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cursed, receive a skin of blackness, and become a scourge unto the Nephites. 2 Nephi 5 Introduction, before December 17, 2010
And here is the new 2010 cleaned up version.
The Nephites separate themselves from the Lamanites, keep the law of Moses, and build a temple—Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites are cut off from the presence of the Lord, are cursed, and become a scourge unto the Nephites. About 588–559 B.C. 2 Nephi 5 Introduction, after December 17, 2010
In the original, God cursed the Lamanites for their unbelief by turning their skin black; in the new, improved version, God just curses them, with no mention skin color.
And here is the original introduction to Mormon 5:
Mormon again leads the Nephite armies in battles of blood and carnage--The Book of Mormon shall come forth to convince all Israel that Jesus is the Christ--The Lamanites shall be a dark, filthy, and loathsome people--They shall receive the gospel from the Gentiles in latter days. Mormon 5 Introduction, before December 17, 2010And here's the new version.
Mormon again leads the Nephite armies in battles of blood and carnage—The Book of Mormon will come forth to convince all Israel that Jesus is the Christ—Because of their unbelief, the Lamanites will be scattered, and the Spirit will cease to strive with them—They will receive the gospel from the Gentiles in the latter days. About A.D. 375–84. Mormon 5 Introduction, after December 17, 2010
The new introduction to Mormon 5 deletes the part about the Lamanites being "a dark, filthy, and loathsome people" and instead says that they'll be scattered and "the Spirit will cease to strive with them."
The LDS church made these changes because it's embarrassed by the obvious racism in the Book of Mormon, as well it should be. And yet the original introductions to 2 Nephi 5 and Mormon 5 were completely accurate.
Here's what it says in 2 Nephi 5. (They haven't had the courage to to change it -- yet.)
He had caused the cursing to come upon them ... wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them. And thus saith the Lord God: I will cause that they shall be loathsome unto thy people ... And cursed shall be the seed of him that mixeth with their seed; for they shall be cursed even with the same cursing. 2 Nephi 5:21-23
And here's a quote from Mormon 5.
This people ... shall become a dark, a filthy, and a loathsome people ... because of their unbelief and idolatry ... They were once a delightsome people ... But now, behold, they are led about by Satan. Mormon 5:15-18
The Book of Mormon is as absurd as it is disgusting. It's good to see that the Mormons are finally recognizing that fact.
I wonder what they'll change next.