OK Readers! Another question in my Formspring inbox! This question was asked anonymously almost three weeks ago. Sorry it took me so long, but this question required me to
find ponder the scriptures before I could answer. OK. Here’s the question:
In the index of the Book of Mormon, the last in-text reference to “Anger” refers to Lamanites in Moroni. Were the editors of the index prejudiced?
If you look up “anger” in the 1981 version of the index of the Book of Mormon (which is the latest index version as far as I know), you will find three references, which are given in the order they appear in the BOM text. The third reference refers to Moroni 9:3, which talks about how Satan is influencing the Lamanites and filling them with anger.
Ok, I have to admit that I’m not sure I really understand the question. The BOM text says that the Lamanites were angry, so pointing that out in the index doesn’t seem to be an indication that the indexers were prejudice. A full text search of the BOM for the the word anger reveals 54 references to the word anger. Maybe the indexers were prejudice against Lamanites because they chose to include this reference instead of one of the other 51 references? I don’t know. This seems like a pretty weak argument to me.
Were the indexers prejudice? Maybe – but if I were looking for evidence of prejudice in the church, there are a few other elephants in the room I’d want to deal with first.
Anonymous, if I’ve misunderstood your question, let me know in the comments. Everyone else: let’s have some more questions!!! Ask Me Anything!!!