Many critics have delighted in showing that our scriptures and church history has been significantly edited and modified.
You can find the documentation for this on my web site at: http://lds-library.freeservers.com/boc_table2.htm
...which is part of a longer thesis on changes in Joseph's revelations: http://lds-library.freeservers.com/boc_changes.htm
But the real question is: who has the right to change scripture. If Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and others are indeed prophets, then they have the right as prophets to make or approve of these changes. The question is not whether there have been changes. The question is whether we accept these men as prophets.
Ernest L. Wilkinson, BYU Speeches, April 21, 1966, p.3.
In one of the early meetings of our Church, one brother, in the presence of the Prophet Joseph, preached that doctrine, stating that "those who give revelations should give revelations according to those books" and "confine [themselves] to them." When he concluded, Brother Joseph turned to Brother Brigham and said, "Brother Brigham, I want you to take the stand and tell us your views with regard to the living oracles and the written word of God." Brother Brigham took the stand, and he took the Bible, and laid it down; he took the Book of Mormon, and laid it down; and he took the Book of D&C, and laid it down before him, and he said: "There is the written word of God to us, concerning the work of God from the beginning of the world almost, to our day. And now, "said he, "when compared with the living oracles, those books are nothing to me; those books do not convey the word of God direct to us now, as do the words of a Prophet . . . in our day and generation. I would rather have the living oracles than all the writing in the books. . ." When he was through, Brother Joseph said to the congregation: "Brother Brigham has told you the word of the Lord, and he has told you the truth." (Wilford Woodruff, Conference Report 10, 97:22-23)With this understanding some people may still be bothered by the fact that the church history has been modified. The Documentary History of the Church was not made with the intent to present original documents and call them a history. It was intended to build faith in the church by exposing them to the events in the early history of the church. D. Michael Quinn has responded to this criticism in his long letter that is a response the the Tanner's book, Mormonism: Shadow or Reality.
Changes In the Bible:
Of course no one wants to talk about the many changes that have taken place in the King James Version of the Bible. Here are just a few of those changes.