Well, I must be a glutton for punishment.
Either that, or I just refuse to let the hateful/mindless majority take over the church my family has been a part of for at least 6 generations. (Or maybe once in awhile I’m still willing to let the spirit work through me.)
We had an EQ lesson the Sunday after April General Conference from the Howard Hunter book, Chapter 7: Continuous Revelation through Living Prophets.
Our teacher is a divorced guy about my age, that has a daughter that is currently on a mission. He brings up some story about how she has a friend/former mission companion, that has issues with the churches new policy about the children of LGBT parents. He then try’s to say some crap about this new policy is really not that different from what we’ve always been taught, and most of the class then goes off on an echo-chamber tangent about how good and inspired this new policy is.
I was just about to get up and leave in disgust, but instead, I felt inspired to raise my hand. I said something to the effect of: I can’t believe that you are all giving some corporate handbook, written by some anonymous lawyer at Kirton▪McConkie the same weight as scripture or actual revelation. There’s a huge difference between some handbook policy, and the word of the Lord.
The guy sitting across from me just nodded and smiled, and the rest of the quorum (including the instructor) just sat there stupefied.
TBM EQ Pres, thought he’d save the day and made some silly comment about how all of the brethren are inspired and prophets seers and revelators, and we need to just follow them if we don’t want to have bad things happen to us.
And then I did it again, I just interrupted, and said something like: look, the Q12 or 1st Pres can say what they want, and it MAY be inspired, but it doesn’t have to be. What we do know is that ONLY THE Prophet can receive revelation for the whole church. And unless THE Prophet is actually speaking for the Lord, it’s not binding on the whole church. (I could have added and the church accepts it by what is today the worthless formality of “common consent.”) So if we have a question about a policy (or anything else being taught), we ought to analyze it by looking to see if it is consistent with the scriptures. In this case, I think that answers the question, and shows the policy is wrong. But if that doesn’t do it, then you look to see if it’s consistent with what other Prophets (when they were the president of the Church™), expressly speaking FOR the Lord, have said. If that still doesn’t answer it (and while I didn’t say it, let’s face it there’s VERY little of that), then is it consistent with the principle of charity. And if not, then it’s not likely to be the will or the word of the Lord, and the spirit will tell you that. Then I said something about how the whole purpose of our mortal existence is to make choices, and that we all get to decide what we believe and how we act. Finally I told them that if they abdicated their agency to church leaders, or anyone else, there will come a day when they will be called to account for it.
My nodding smiling friend across the room, just kept nodding and smiling, and everyone else just kind of shut up, and let the instructor finally move on. Literally two minutes later he’s having people take turns reading the lesson book and comes to this:
“Only the President of the Church has the right to receive revelations for the entire Church or to give official interpretations of the scriptures or the doctrines of the Church”
Vindicated by the dicta of the correlation committee.
I’m actually not sure how to feel about that. Especially when they support the conclusion by mis-citing D&C 28:2 and substituting “[the President of the Church]” for “my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.” But the spirit did shut them all up, and maybe a couple of them though about it, at least a little bit. So I guess there’s that.
The next week I was out of town for work.
I’m sure TBM EQ Pres is planning to “report” me to the stake pres again, if he hasn’t already.
While I still have NO respect for the guy, I suppose I do sort of feel bad for him.
But then again, I’m Dence.