Skip to comments.Do “Official” Mormon Sources Exist?
Posted on 02/12/2012 7:24:21 PM PST by Colofornian
How do you know?
4:56 clip on how Mormons dismiss and diss their own authoritative sources.
the LDS church has never put forward the doctrine of the LDS church [Normandy].
Poster Delacoert responded: Ya' don't say. LOL Has anyone ever noticed that most endearing Mormon quality of denying that this or that teaching is doctrine, when it is clear to everyone that IS doctrine?
ALL: Well, it's tough to beat to that excellent size-up provided by Delacoert. I think my all-time "fave" cut-to-the-chase summary of this common line of Mormon thinking we've seen over the FREEPER years was the following contribution from Ejonesie22...(I believe Ejonesie22 must have dusted off the microscope to read the Mormon legal fineprint that Paragon Defender often linked to!):
The 'classic' assessment from Ejones: Official sites are sites supported by LDS officials unless said official sites are consider unofficial by said officials. At that point such sites are unofficial unless officially referenced for official purposes by officials who can do so officially. This should not be misconstrued as an indication that official sites can be unofficially recognized as official nor should it be implied that unofficial sites cannot contain official information, but are not officially allowed to be offical despite their official contents due the their unofficialness. Official sites will be official and recognized as official by officials of the LDS unless there is an official reason to mark them as unofficial either temporally or permanently, which would make the official content officially unofficial. This is also not to imply that recognized sites, often used here by haters cannot contain official information, it just means that content, despite its official status, is no longer official and should be consider unofficial despite the same information being official on an official site else where. Even then the officialness my be amended due to the use of the unofficial information which may determine the officialness of anything be it official or unofficial depending on how and where it is used officially or unofficially. I hope this clear things up for the lurkers out there. As I said the haters tend to make things complicated and confusing when it is all crystal clear.... Source: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-religion/2573705/posts Post #24
(Thanks again Ejones!...we need those fine-print navigators out there! ...and thanks, Normandy...we need cont'd Lds examples like what's you've provided on this thread to see how Mormons have learned to deflect the consequences of their leaders' words!)
Whenever a Mormon would offer up such an explanation, well, how befuddled could they leave readers? Here, LDS have lectured us left & right about the need for living revelators & seers & "prophets" & "apostles" via general conference messages, Ensign mag articles, sermons, teachings, writings, etc. (So tell us again why its our issue if Mormons consider what any general authoritydead or alivehas voiced publicly to either be dismissed or deemed obscure?
ALL: The lesson to be learned here? ANYthing ANY Mormon general authority has said can be readily dismissed. If one Lds "prophet" has said "No blacks allowed." Well, so what? A later Lds "prophet" just updates the teaching; reverses it, and moves on.
* Polygamy as a Book of Mormon "abomination" in the Book of Jacob, 1830? (Yup)
* Joseph Smith & D&C 132 institutionalizing it? (Yup)
* A manifesto frowning upon it (1890?) (Yup)
* McConkie announcing the Mormon Jesus will rebound polygamy into the earthly mix? (1966) (Yup)
* Lds leaders tossing McConkie's book "Mormon Doctrine" in the waste bin of republishing? (2010) (Yup)
* Polygamy going on near Kolob right now, per Mormonism? (Yup)
My advice? Since some Lds posters so readily tosses parts of McConkie's prophecies into the waste bin -- as his leaders have modeled for him -- why, just do the same thing with ALL what Mormon leaders have prophesied through the years!
As other FREEPERS pointed out (see post #1], I think its downright disingenuous to hype up tone & content-wise to
IN ONE BREATH
Were the only church on earth that has a living prophet who speaks for God on all things...and we are the living church which has restored the 12 apostles
AND THEN IN THE NEXT BREATH TELL US
Yeah, we know all about that speaking for God thing but you know
(a) Nobodys perfect
(b) these guys engage in countless public speculations
(c) we were hoping you wouldnt notice all that much of what theyve had to say cause we assigned much of it to that round file over there we call the obscurity bucket
(d) and, besides, nobody knows for certain if what they say has been recorded accurately these are things that were just reported to have been said at one time or another I mean, come on, theyre only Gods living prophets, presidents, revelators, seers, apostles & representatives on earth What? Do you expect us to have an accurate stenographer on hand to at least 100% accurately report what theyve said in sermons & general conferences?
Ping — mention of you in post #2
“I dont know that we teach that”
Gordon Hinckley, Mormon Prophet
“I dont know that we teach that”
Gordon Hinckley, Mormon Prophet
Mitt Romney, Dec, 2007, speaking at the George Bush Presidential Library: I believe in my Mormon faith and I endeavor to live by it. My faith is the faith of my fathers I will be true to them and to my beliefs.
You notice that Romney said “Mormon faith”
He said nothing about Christian faith...
So since this “faith” is non-Christian, thus excluding the Christian God and Savior and the Christian Bible...
So just what is it that Willard Mitt Romney and his Mormon forefathers believed ???
Riders of the Purple Sage - Zane Grey.
Original version is all about Mormons.
certainly clears things up.
But Joe says he even met with John the Baptist, the apostles Peter, James and John, plus the Old Testament prophets Moses, Elias and Elijah? (Elias in the New Testament is simply the Greek rendering of Elijah), which is more than anyone in the Bible did, and puts him in competition with fellow seer Eugene Swedenborg: http://peacebyjesus.witnesstoday.org/Swedenborg.html (similarities)
“the LDS church has never put forward the doctrine of the LDS church “
Hi Colofornian — could you remind me of the full post that I made? There are some words missing from this sentence.
mormonISM tends to be what is said today, what was said yesterday doesn’t matter, and what is said tomorrow is what is.
What do we learn from Jeff as excuses why what Lds prophets and apostles are not to be readily believed in what they preach from the Mormon pulpit or what they write?
|Lds FR poster Jeff Head's actual comments from: Mormonism: What the Latter Day Saints think of Islam [Indicator of how Mitt perceives Islam?]||Upshot of Jeff Head's commentary?|
|(1) These men were not perfect and they had their opinions like we all do on such things... (Post #30)||Imperfect, opinionated men serve as Mormon prophets just like us [So much for being elite mouthpieces for God who take care to speak more on HIS behalf than THEIRS!]|
|(2) "They do have their opinions, like we all do. "When moved upon by the Holy Ghost," then their words are taken as the counsel and direction you cite for the church and I agree wholeheartidly with that. When that is the case, the church is informed, policy and instructions are issued and the Church moves along accordingly..." (Post #36)||Opinionated men who offer counsel and direction but not to be deemed as authoritatively official Mormon doctrine until IF (a HUGE IF) it's LATER (as in MUCH LATER) determined if they moved by the Holy Ghost. [ALL: Keep in mind that Joseph Smith's first vision found in the Pearl of Great Price Mormon scripture wasn't determined as official scripture until 1875...almost 40 years after the fact...and Brigham Young's D&C 136 didn't become official Mormon scripture until 74 years after the fact (1921). Joseph F. Smith's D&C 138 didn't become official Mormon scripture until 62 years after the fact (1981). For some reason, it takes the Mormon church between 40-74 years to determine if the Holy Ghost actually spoke thru one of its prophets...yet they keep promising a huge benefit is a living prophet who is on real time between God and man...if God's message can't be officially confirmed until 40-74 years after the fact, what do they do in the interim?]|
|(3) "The Journal of Discourses is not recognized or taught of as scripture for the church. It is a historical journal of many of the speeches and lectures those men gave, but they of themselves do not represent the doctrine that the Church espouses or follows. People should check with Church offical representatives and spokesmen and ask as regards these things before they quote those speeches as somehow being the offical doctrine of the church...because more often than not, particularly when quoted to try and find the most outlandish things that those men said many years ago, and to find fault with or tear down the church, they simply are not." (Post #41)||Jeff Head essentially says in the bold-faced portion hey, listen to what our prophets and apostles say...but don't quote them... IOW, Lds public relations spokesmen and spokeswomen actually carry more official weight in what they say than do past Lds prophets and apostles!!! Wow! Just wow! Apparently Mormon PR spokespeople are the "final arbiters" of Mormon "truth" (who trump even deceased Mormon "prophets" and "apostles"). Elsewise, they wouldn't be the "filter" people have to go through to determine official Mormon "truth," now would they?|
|(4) Sorry, Godzilla, Gospel Principles is a book Joseph Fielding Smith wrote, it is not regarded as scripture. Not every word they speak or write is scripture and considered or taught as church doctrine, it is when they are moved upon by the Holy Ghost to do so...Are there things in Gospel Principles that the Church does teach as its doctrine? Yes. Are there things in there it does not? Also, yes. (Post #46)||Yes, the official Mormon church book Gospel Principles has official doctrine in it; and unofficial doctrine in it, too...but, hey, Mormons aren't going to tell you which is which! (And that's the unofficial official word on this!)|
|(5) ...And no, the leaders do not teach false doctrine, because then they would be representing it as doctrine...but, like all of us, they are entitled to their own opinions when speaking or talking outside of their mantel as an Apostle or Prophet when moved upon by the Holy Ghost to speak for the Lord. When they are speaking in that manner, then the doctrine is passed down to the Church as I have indicated earlier. As I said, these men are not perfect... (Post #62)||When Lds prophets and apostles speak, you can't readily tell if they are speaking on the official prophetic mantle or not...could be just their opinions, which they're entitled to... (When, again, are they donning that mantle and moving beyond mere personal opinions? Um...we'll let you know...maybe...but that might not be official word until determined by a later group of Mormons sustaining whatever is being uttered now)|
|(6) I have read what you quoted and pointed to in the Gospel Principles manual, and have no problem with it. As I said, when new scripture or revelations are decided upon (and the quorum to the twelve must prayerfully and through inspiration themselves agree unanimously upon them) it is them communicated to the whole church in the manner I indicated. Not everything these men say or write is regarded as such. Only that which is recognized as inspired and moved upon by the Holy Ghost as mentioned. Now, it goes without saying that there are members of the church who take everything they say as scripture because of their calling, and there is no doubt that they are thought highly of and listened to closely...but they are still human and have never indicated anything but that, and history and the doctrine itself that we as a church embrace, as pointed out by yourself in the manual, indicates that this is not the case. (Post #70)||You know we really can't trust what prophets and apostles say 'cause they're human...but some of what they say eventually makes it thru the recognition-as-revelation filter and when it receives official imprimatur, it's only THEN what they say is deemed 100% trustworthy|
|(7) ...read the Church web site, it makes clear what the Standard Works are, right now, right here. They do not include the Journal of Discourses and officially, they never have. Thats just the truth...Do people gain good information about doctrine from them? Yes, of course. They are volumnous. I have a set myself which I read and use for reference quite often...there are a lot of very good things in there. But, are there are also some very clear and difinite opinions in there that are not considered doctrine by the Church? Yes, of course, you have shown quite a few. But the fact renmains, they are not the Standard Works, and not considered scripture by the Church. (Post #93)||Even though other Lds officials have called the Journal of Discourses as the fountain of eternal truth (an Lds apostle), one of the standard works of the church (a First President), exposition of Latter-day Saint doctrine (the official Mormon publishing house), the unmistakable authority of divine inspiration (the official Mormon publishing house), etc....apparently Mormon leaders weren't really serving as daily living prophets whose very words could be trusted? Why? Because, per Jeff, their messages are so imbedded with their personal opinions, who can readily sort what from what?.|
The key question then to ask of Jeff: When will the Lds church let us know that what past and present Lds prophets and apostles have said is specifically UNtrustworthy? (Crickets)
Yes...fair comment...What you said in fuller context:
Despite its title, the LDS church has never put forward Mormon Doctrine as THE declaration of the doctrine of the LDS church.
You were specifically referencing McConkie's book...yet if the most comprehensive effort by a Mormon "apostle" (book, Mormon Doctrine)...can't be "put forward" as "THE doctrine" of the LDS church...NOTHING can!
What have Mormon leaders said about these messages from Mormonism's "General Authorities?"
(1) Who authorized Watt to record the Journal of Discourses? (Brigham Young)
Who ranks highest in the Mormon church to carry out what he assigns? (The "prophet")
(2) So when grassroots Mormons tell us to disregard the "Journal of Discourses" as unofficial, consider this: Who ranks higher, grassroots Mormons? -- Or, an Lds apostle? What did Lds apostle Franklin D. Richards in the JoD preface of vol. 2 reference the JoD as?
The Second Volume of the Journal of Discources needs no recommendation to make it interesting to every Saint who loves to drink of the streams that flow from the fountain of Eternal Truth.
(3) Also...who ranks higher grassroots Mormons? Or, a member of the First Presidency who served in such a role to four different Lds prophets? What did this First Presidency official reference the JoD as?
The Journal of Discourses deservedly ranks as one of the standard works of the Church, and every rightminded Saint will certainly welcome with joy every Number as it comes forth from the press..." (President George Q. Cannon, JoD, preface, Vol. 8)
(4) What about Lds leaders within our lifetime? What have Lds leaders said about the JoD?
Well, on March 21, 1963, the Deseret News ran an ad from Lds church leadership about the JoD. The ad read: Every Latter-day Saint should take this opportunity of owning the written words of remarkable teachings from the LDS pulpit. To the clear and vigorous exposition of Latter-day Saint doctrine is added the unmistakable authority of divine inspiration."
What more can we get from leaders re: the JoD? Here church leaders were sqawking that the JoD is...
..."from the LDS pulpit..."
...exposes "Latter-day Saint doctrine" clearly & vigorously...
...presented with "divine inspiration...authority" -- and there's no mistake ("unmistakable" about that)
So, e'en tho many grassroots Mormons will indicate these "Lds leaders" are mistaken re: their assessments of the JoD, note that...
...Three months after that ad appeared in the Deseret News, the assistant manager of the DesNews, Axel J. Andresen, wrote a letter about the JoD to a Mr. H.C. Combes dated June 12, 1963. In a few excerpts from that letter, Mr. Andresen said:
"...the 26 volumes of the 'JOURNAL OF DISCOURSES,'...If anyone tells you that the sermons found therein are not recognized by the Church, they know not what they are talking about. I am sure that the individual is not anyone in authority -- certainly not among the General Authorities...May we also assure you that Deseret Book Company, being the only Church-owned book store, would not distribute literature on the Church, particularly anything as important as the Discourses of the Presidents and Apostles of the Church, without the approval of the Church..."
ALL: This DesNews Asst Mgr says before contemporary Mormons even opened their mouths on this subject, that they "know not what" you "are talking about."
Of course Romney will also do great damage to the GOP. But that is to be expected.
Thanks, Colofornian — I remember now.
Mormon Doctrine is not an official publication of the LDS church. It was written by Bruce R. McConkie before he was called to be an apostle, back in the late 1950s. The author states in the preface of the book that it is his work alone, and that he is fully responsible for it. The LDS church has never set it forward as an authoritative declaration of doctrine.
Official sites are sites supported by LDS officials unless said official sites are consider unofficial by said officials.At that point such sites are unofficial unless officially referenced for official purposes by officials who can do so officially.This should not be misconstrued as an indication that official sites can be unofficially recognized as official nor should it be implied that unofficial sites cannot contain official information, but are not officially allowed to be offical despite their official contents due the their unofficialness.Official sites will be official and recognized as official by officials of the LDS unless there is an official reason to mark them as unofficial either temporally or permanently, which would make the official content officially unofficial.This is also not to imply that recognized sites, often used here by haters cannot contain official information, it just means that content, despite its official status, is no longer official and should be consider unofficial despite the same information being official on an official site elsewhere.Even then the officialness my be amended due to the use of the unofficial information which may determine the officialness of anything be it official or unofficial depending on how and where it is used officially or unofficially.
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1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
6. The prophet does not have to say Thus Saith the Lord, to give us scripture.
7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
8. The prophet is not limited by mens reasoning.
9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidencythe highest quorum in the Church.
14. The prophet and the presidencythe living prophet and the First Presidencyfollow them and be blessedreject them and suffer.
I testify that these fourteen fundamentals in following the living prophet are true. If we want to know how well we stand with the Lord then let us ask ourselves how well we stand with His mortal captainhow close do our lives harmonize with the Lords anointedthe living ProphetPresident of the Church, and with the Quorum of the First Presidency.
Ezra Taft Benson
(Address given Tuesday, February 26, 1980 at Brigham Young University)