The Testimony of Francis Michael Darter

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Francis Michael Darter wrote a book called "Zion's Redemption" published by Deseret News Publishing Co in 1933, for which he was excommunicated by the weasels he exposed.  The book was published in reaction to 95 revelations being removed by the First Presidency in a new version of the Doctrine and Covenants as being of "no enduring value".  

From the book:  

"If Orson Pratt changed his belief, then why did he or the Church not remove from our divine records this footnote "a future messenger" for over 28 years? Furthermore, does it not seem strange that Joseph Smith. the prophet and president of the church. could not have removed Bishop Partridge if his actions required his removal? Why was it necessary for the Lord to threaten to send One Mighty and Strong" to remove a Bishop? Judging from these facts it would appear to the average layman that this revelation has been considered as having been made null and void: but. if the truth were told it has within itself an -unpleasant aspect." Space prohibits. except in brief. analyzing the significance of so-called "-unpleasant aspect" that is connected with certain latter day revelations. In this latest revised edition of our Doctrine and Covenants informed readers will find that approximately 95 whole sections of revelation:. out of a total of 136, and many parts of other sections have been omitted. Why have they been cut out? The answer is presented in its preface. I quote an excerpt from its -Foreword:* -MANY OF THESE REVELATIONS. ONCE OF PRESENT AND PRESSING SIGNIFICANCE. BECAME RELATIVELY OF REDUCED IMPORTANCE WITH THE PASSING OF THE CONDITIONS THAT BROUGHT THEM FORTH. This little book contains selective sections and parts of sections from the Doctrine and Covenants. the selections comprising scriptrues of general and ENDURING VALUE.

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