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BRUCE - Why isn't the Book of Enoch accepted in the LDS canon?

D&C 107:53-57 says:
53 Three years previous to the death of Adam, he called Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, Enoch, and Methuselah, who were all high priests, with the residue of his posterity who were righteous, into the valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman, and there bestowed upon them his last blessing.
54 And the Lord appeared unto them, and they rose up and blessed Adam, and called him Michael, the prince, the archangel.
55 And the Lord administered comfort unto Adam, and said unto him: I have set thee to be at the head; a multitude of nations shall come of thee, and thou art a prince over them forever.
56 And Adam stood up in the midst of the congregation; and, notwithstanding he was bowed down with age, being full of the Holy Ghost, predicted whatsoever should befall his posterity unto the latest generation.
57 These things were all written in the book of Enoch, and are to be testified of in due time.

Question 1: Why isn't the book of Enoch recognized in the LDS canon?

JOEL - We don't have that Book of Enoch yet; not to be confused with the pseudepigraphic books of Enoch which do exist. The revelation you quoted came in 1835, so the Book of Enoch referenced in LDS canon must be a Book of Enoch that wasn't available in 1835. The real Book of Enoch is most likely in Enoch's possession, and therefore not on the earth at this time.
In December 1877, Elder Orson Pratt said, "When we get that (Book of Enoch), I think we shall know a great deal about the ante-diluvians of whom at present we know so little" (JD 19:218). An extract from the prophecy of Enoch was revealed and published in the Book of Moses (chaps. 6-7), the latter chapter being published in the The Evening and The Morning Star of August 1832 (HC 1:130-31). And refering to verse 57, apparently it isnít due time to testify of the things written therein.
If the real book of Enoch did exist it would deffinately be part of the LDS Cannon.

Question 2: The valley of Adam-ondi-Ahman is in Missouri, why is all of the supporting evidence (manuscripts) for the Book of Enoch from the old world?

JOEL - Because when the Book of Enoch was written Missouri was in the old world when all the land was together (Pangea). Afterwards the land was divided (Gen 10: 25)


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