“The pure in heart, and the wise, and the noble, and the virtuous, shall seek counsel, and authority, and blessings constantly from under thy hand.” (D&C 122:2)
“I will walk through the gate of heaven and claim what I seal and those that follow me and my counsel.” (Joseph Smith, 10 March 1844)
“If the whole church should go to with all their might to save their dead, seal their posterity, and gather their living friends, and spend none of their time in behalf of the world, they would hardly get through before night would come when no man could work. And my only trouble at the present time is concerning ourselves — that the saints will be divided and broken up and scattered before we get our salvation secure.”
Joseph Smith, 21 January 1844
I thought this year-old article was worth the read. It is succinct, which I like (just look at my twitter-length posts). As a surge-era missionary, I share frustration with how this was handled. A town of 4000 doesn’t need 4 missionaries to bang their heads against the wall for months trying to convince people to drive an hour to attend church (ain’t happening).
This is where D&C 137 and 138 were voted on (originally to be included in the Pearl of Great Price): April 1976 The two visions were proposed for inclusion in the scriptures and voted on. The membership of the church was not given time to read through the new sections and come to a determination before voting. The church did not disclose to members that D&C 137 would be a truncated version of Joseph Smith’s vision.
I wonder if Mormons should be asked in Temple recommend interviews whether they sustain the apostles/prophet’s shadow writers? Or would you be entitled to dissent from what is posted?
Mormon history in 100 years will have to deal with this newly crafted pseudepigrapha due to social media. Maybe a critical edition of ‘The Blog Posts of Thomas S. Monson” will be published with footnote references to talks the posts were lifted from. Maybe by then MormonLeaks will uncover the Wizards of Oz.
^ my man