Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rote quotations may lead to revelation, but they cannot replace it

Brigham Young, being quoted by Ezra Taft Benson. Before giving the quote, I think this quote is tied to a theme in my own writing. The idea is not to put a "reckless" trust in our leaders (someone is already thinking "HERESY!"). The idea is to grow into the principle of inspiration and revelation ourselves, because that is where our leaders are really trying to lead us. There is an enormous difference between echoing a quotation, and coming to the point of understanding where we could have made the same statement ourselves, independently. And it is to the latter place that our leaders want us to arrive. Rote quotations will never replace revelation. They may help lead the way there, as they should, but they must not, as they have for so many of our members, become the destination.
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"You may know whether you are led right or wrong, as well as you know the way home; for every principle God has revealed carries its own convictions of its truth to the human mind . . .
"What a pity it would be if we were led by one man to utter destruction! Are you afraid of this? I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire of themselves of God whether they are led by Him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self-security, trusting their eternal destiny in the hands of their leaders with a reckless confidence that in itself would thwart the purposes of God in their salvation, and weaken that influence they could give to their leaders, did they know for themselves, by the revelations of Jesus, that they are led in the right way. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path that the Lord dictates, or not. This has been my exhortation continually." (JD 9:149-150).
Taken from "Be Not Deceived"
Elder Ezra Taft Benson
Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles
Ezra Taft Benson, Conference Report, October 1963, p. 15-19

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