The little historian in me cheers for small things, such as correct phrasing. At the General Relief Society Broadcast on Saturday, September 27, Sister Barbara Thompson quoted Joseph Smith as saying, â€œI now turn the key to you in the name of God . . .â€ rather than the misquoted (for nearly 150 years), â€œI now turn the key in your behalf . . .â€ Bravo to Sister Thompson! Bravo to Jill Derr, Janath Cannon, and Maureen Beecher for their meticulous research (that set the record straight) in Women of Covenant. It seems that nowâ€”sixteen years post-publicationâ€”the women and men who know the history of the Relief Society, know it correctly.
I understand there might be concerns about people misunderstanding the historically-accurate phrasing, but I say letâ€™s work on misunderstandings with explanations rather than inaccuracies.