When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. Does this mean that in order to be a good member, one must discard their own thoughts when the authorities over them say so? Of course not, says the church. This statement originally appeared in the “Ward Teaching” in the June 1945 Improvement Era, which the… Read More LDS Authorities: Sustaining the Leaders or How Winston Smith Came to Love Big Brother
First, and foremost, doctrinal authority in the LDS church is not simple. The hierarchy of doctrinal authority in the LDS church is specific. This ranking is mine, but I believe accurately reflects the beliefs of the LDS church. In order of least to most authoritative, the LDS doctrinal authorities are as follows: The… Read More The Journal of Discourses: the Schrodinger’s Cat of Scripture
Premise One: LDS teachings tell us that by obedience to the gospel principles, and by receiving all the ordinances and secrets (I mean, sacred things) in the Temple, we can, after death go to the Celestial Kingdom, where, after millennia of progression, we can become gods in our own right, with our own world, planet,… Read More LDS: It is possible to become a God without the ordinances–think about Jesus
Does it matter whether Joseph Smith was a swindling collector of “wives” or a true prophet if the church as it now stands means so much to so many people and does so much good in the world?… Read More So what if some church history is not true?
The current publication of the Salt Lake City Messenger (‘the Messenger”) talks about Hans Mattsson, a former area official of the LDS Church in Europe. On July 2, 2013 his story was told in the NY Times. The Messenger is the periodic publication of the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, “a Christian non-profit organization providing… Read More What if the LDS or any Church is Proven to ba false? What would you do if you were in charge?