“A Fresh Look at Three Incidents in Church History”

“A Fresh Look at Three Incidents in Church History” May 24, 2019


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The London England Temple (LDS.org)


Sigh.  The ever-dying Interpreter Foundation — I’ve been seeing anonymous online claims again that we’re on the verge of financial extinction and that essentially nobody reads anything that we do — has just published a new article in its flagship publication, Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship:


“D&C 21, George Albert Smith, and Hugh B. Brown: A Fresh Look at Three Incidents in Church History”


Abstract. When discussions arise about the relationship between Church members and the prophets who lead them, certain episodes in Church history often appear. These include the Lord’s words about “all patience and faith” in Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–5, as well as incidents involving George Albert Smith and Hugh B. Brown. On the surface, such episodes might seem to raise doubts about the reliability of the presiding Brethren in representing the Lord or to minimize the importance of Church orthodoxy itself. A closer look shows such interpretations to be a mistake, however. When we clarify the record, we see that these episodes do not support the conclusions that are sometimes drawn from them. Examining these incidents also permits making a point about so-called “blind obedience.”


It’s the 357th Friday in a row on which we’ve published at least one article.  We’ve existed for 358.5 weeks.


Are you aware, by the way, that each article published in Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship is published in at least seven different formats?  (Look along the right margin of the published article.)  Sometimes, the authors read their own articles.  In other cases, as in the current one, a generous volunteer records the article for us.  (I’m grateful beyond expression to all of those who contribute so kindly to make these things possible.)


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Posted from London, England



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