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.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Of course and the Ensign can be wrong

It is amazing to me how people take as being the mind and the will of the Lord and the power of God unto salvation. Ezra Taft Benson stated in his 1969 conference address “Not only are there apostates within our midst, but there are also apostate doctrines that are sometimes taught in our classes and from our pulpits and that appear in our publications. And these apostate precepts of men cause our people to stumble.”

Do we believe an apostle in general conference that as far back as 1969 apostate precepts of men are sometimes taught in our classes, from our pulpits, and appear in our publications?

Of course can be wrong and of course the Ensign can be wrong as well. That is why we are told to study our scriptures daily, and it is why we have stuck with the pretty much the same basic scriptures for 150 years, while the ensign typically stays around for a month. It is because they are not made of the same stuff. One is the fountainhead of truth, the other is, well, just a church publication whose current issue will likely be as forgotten in 50 years as “The instructor”, a church periodical until 45 years ago, is today.

You can find an Ensign article written by sociologists and compare it to an Ensign article written by the brethren and find clear and direct contradictions, especially when the subject is the family. The topics article on Joseph Smith's polygamy takes its information from Rough Stone Rolling which went to Joseph Smith's enemies to get the "full story". And the topics article on blood atonement is ridiculous since Brigham Young gave a talk stating that he had been misunderstood on that topic and gave clarifications. But the misconceptions, not the clarifications, are what are found in the topics article.

And that is fine, because is a website. That is all it is. A website. There are things on there, such as the scriptures, and the words of prophets and apostles, that are far more important than what one finds on most websites -- and those two things are incredibly valuable. But to take the whole conglomeration that is, which includes every Ensign article written over 45 years and counting, as well as topics articles that look like they were written by church PR and to then give it the same weight as the scriptures and the prophet is just ridiculous. 

More accurately, it is lazy. It is wanting to be able to google for the truth, instead of learning to search, ponder, pray, and learning to be sensitive to the whisperings of the spirit as it enlightens one's mind to truth.

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