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LARRY - I was reading D&C 89 and noticed that the last sentence of the introduction is no longer there in the most recent editions of the D&C.
Is there a reason for that?
JOEL - That last sentence of the introduction prior to 2013 editions read as follows:
"The first three verses were originally written as an inspired introduction and description by the Prophet"
The first three verses read:
"A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, and the church, and also the saints in Zion—
To be sent greeting; not by commandment or constraint, but by revelation and the word of wisdom, showing forth the order and will of God in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days—
Given for a principle with promise, adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints, who are or can be called saints." (D&C 89: 1-3)
It was beleived at first that those first three verses of Section 89 were simply an introduction by Joseph Smith and not part of the actual revelation, hence the reason for that last sentence in the introduction.
However, according to the Joseph Smith Papers:
"The revised heading in the 2013 edition deletes the last sentence of the earlier heading, which stated that the first three verses of the revelation were written by Joseph Smith.
The sources for this change include the versions of the revelation in Revelation Book 1, page 167, and Revelation Book 2, pages 49–50, which treat the opening statement as part of the revelation."
So according to those sources it was decided that those first three sentences were actually part of the revelation and not just an "inspired introduction", hence the reason for the removal of that last sentence in the introduction in 2013 and later editions.
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