One of the teachings of Mormonism is that one should use reverence in prayer to Heavenly Father. It is taught that when you pray you should not use the language of our day. Rather you should always use Thee, Thou, Thine and Thus. If you address God in common language (you, me, them, us, etc.) you are NOT being reverent.
I simply ask, why? What justification is there to support this position? Is Old Modern English really MORE REVERENT? If so, when the early Christians prayed in Greek, Hebrew or Aramaic were they being IRREVERENT?
Don’t get me wrong… I fully believe that one should approach God with awe and reverence. He is the ONE and ONLY TRUE God and He does deserve respect. However, why do we need to use Early Modern English to show respect? I believe that the only reason this is taught within Mormonism is this was the language used in the King James version of the Bible. Joseph Smith taught that the King James Bible was the “most correct” version of the Bible on the earth. In fact, it is the only version used by the Mormon Church today… despite the fact that we have MUCH BETTER translations available.
When my wife and I left the LDS Church one of the things we dropped almost instantaneously was the use of Early Modern English in our prayers. We began to address God in Modern English. We both feel that this has contributed greatly in our communication with God. We no longer have to struggle for words that simply do not feel natural. We are able to address God in a natural manner and are able to concentrate on what we want to say to Him and not how we say it. We believe that we can now approach Him as we really are and can communicate with Him reverently in the language of our day.
God has told us in the Bible that He already knows the groanings of our hearts. In fact, He knows them before even we know them. I really don’t think He cares what language we use when addressing Him.