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JON - We know very little about Jesus as a youngman. In the Gospel of Thomas there are a lot of interesting things about Jesus as an infant and small boy.Does the Church have an official stance on the Gospel of Thomas? Below I found the following statement, but do not know if it is creditable.

JOEL - The Coptic Gospel of Thomas was discovered in 1945 as part of the Nag Hammadi finds. While considered a Gnostic text for some time, many scholars view it as an authentic document of the first century. It is not known for sure who the author was. It contains 114 sayings beleived to be given by Jesus, but not all scholars agree with this. Of course the Gospel of Thomas is not considered part of the official LDS cannon of scriptures. The Church has not offered any "official" statement regarding the Gospel of Thomas. It is merely used by Bible scholars to help in their study of early Christian history. And although there are some very interesting words supposedly said by Jesus, one must be careful in considering what might be considered true words spoken by Him. An example of one of the sayings in the Gospel of Thomas:

#114. "Simon Peter said to them: Let Mary go forth from among us, for women are not worthy of the life. Jesus said: Behold, I shall lead her, that I may make her male, in order that she also may become a living spirit like you males. For every woman who makes herself male shall enter into the kingdom of heaven." (Gospel of Thomas)

Making females into males is not exactly accepted LDS doctrine and there are a few other strange sayings like this in the Gospel of Thomas. So we need to be careful about how much worth we put into such uncanonical texts.

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