• Jennifer Roach

I've Seen This Before!

The Lord's Prayer - probably the most well-known prayer of all times - has suffered under bad translation for centuries. "Lead us not into temptation" makes it sound like God is the one who tempts us to fail. Which is simply not true.

Recently Pope Francis announced a correction to the prayer. He suggests a better translation, ""do not let us fall into temptation" because, "I who fall, it is not God who throws me into temptation and then sees how I fell...A father does not do that, a father helps you to get up immediately."

This is a solid correction and I like it a lot. And by the reactions seen online, most other people like it too. His suggestion is being celebrated far and wide by Evangelicals and other mainstream Christians

But to Mormon ears this suggestions already sounds very familiar. Almost 200 years ago Joseph Smith made the same edit with his, "And suffer us not to be led into temptation."

I wonder if they would celebrate Joseph's translation too?

And, you know, the Prophet WAS in Rome recently meeting with the Pope. Maybe they had a little chat...

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