The ellipsis is often used by religion writers to abbreviate a scriptural text so that it will flow with the other written content. For example, an original passage from the New Testament might read:
A writer or commentator discussing this passage might introduce the scene in his own words, paraphrasing the setting, and transitioning to the meat of the subject saying a man approached Jesus and asked him, "...Lord, my servant lieth at home sick...." The ellipses at the beginning and end of the citation omit information that isn't necessary to understand the context. Nothing vital is lost. We get the full meaning of the phrase without the additional words that would clutter up things for the reader. The writing is conversational.
However, the ellipsis is notoriously used by sectarian preachers to omit important passages from scripture that don't fit their church's doctrines. It's all the more common if the passages are important ones that substantiate Mormon beliefs. They want to avoid those at all costs!
I saw an example of this today. I was reading an article titled, 3 Common Traits of Youth Who Don't Leave the Church on a Protestant web site called Faith It. The article is focused on ways to keep youth from drifting away from faith when they go off to college. The author, Jon Nielson, college pastor at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, makes many valid points. I couldn't help but smile when he quoted an important scripture and used an ellipsis to omit a passage that gives Protestant-Evangelicals some heartburn. He quoted Ephesians 4:11-12 from a modern translation in this manner:
But youth pastors especially need to keep repeating the words of Ephesians 4:11-12 to themselves: “[Christ] gave…the teachers to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ.” Christ gives us—teachers—to the church, not for entertainment, encouragement, examples, or even friendship primarily. He gives us to the church to “equip” the saints to do gospel ministry in order that the church of Christ may be built up.In this case, it's important to note what he left out with that little "..." in the citation. Here's the full original without the ellipsis:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;I highlighed in bold print the part omitted with the ellipsis. You see, the passages says the Christ gave APOSTLES and PROPHETS to perfect the saints, for the ministry, and for building up the church. In the Protestant-Evangelical world, where are their prophets? Where are their apostles? They don't have them. Their doctrine prohibits them because their creeds banned the possibility of any revelation after the biblical times. Is that "superfluous" information to be omitted?
You may consider this nitpicking, but we see it all the time. My dear, departed mother-in-law read her Bible every day using a Methodist-produced study guide. In decades of reading the Bible, she had never ever seen the words "baptism for the dead," even though it's right there in 1st Corinthians 15. How could a person read the Bible for almost an entire lifetime and not see that? Easy. She used the study guide that was prepared by Methodist theologians. They were careful to edit that out.
In France, I saw a missal in a Catholic cathedral. If you're not familiar with it, it's kind of liturgical book used to celebrate their masses. There was a page in it that had the Ten Commandments in it. I noticed right away that these Ten Commandments were different from the ones in the Bible. They conveniently omitted the commandment that says we are not to have any graven images or bow down to them. That left 9 commandments, so they split the last one about coveting into two parts, saying not to covet someone's wife and to not covet his property. That gave them an even 10.
As I looked around the cathedral, I understood why. It was filled with graven images of saints to which people would bow down and pray, in violation of the commandment. They had to omit that one or face uncomfortable questions from the faithful seekers of truth in their midst.
You find this is almost every Church. They will teach that you are saved by grace and omit the dozens of passages that say that you will be judged according to your works. They will cite the verse that says "no man can see God" but omit the 20 verses that speak of God appearing to various prophets.
If you will be careful and wise, you need to check the doctrine against the scripture. You will find that the other guys always have some interesting omissions in their presentation.
Mormons believe the whole Bible. We believe all of it. We practice all of it. We believe all that God has revealed and that he will continue to reveal his will today. Pay attention to the "..." whenever you read a religious article. When you see them, look up the original and see what was omitted. You may be surprised.