"We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly ; we also believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God." - Joseph Smith, 8th Article of Faith
The practical ramifications of this principle are obvious. If the Book of Mormon says one thing, and the NIV New Testament says something contradictory, then we can simply assume that the NIV translation is off track. Then we can maintain our belief that both books were given by God.
A proper translation conveys to the reader or hearer the information that the original conveyed to the reader of hearers... (1) the translation makes a natural use of the linguistic structures of the receptor language and... (2) the recipients of the translation understand the message with ease.In other words, a translator must be able to do two things: first he must be able to accurately understand ideas expressed in a given language -- as 5-year-olds born in that culture can -- and second, he must b