Here is an expression of a traditional believer’s position regarding the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which still remains as Hymn 23 in the Church’s official hymnal:
1. We ever pray for thee, our prophet dear,
That God will give to thee comfort and cheer;
As the advancing years furrow thy brow,
Still may the light within shine bright as now,
Still may the light within shine bright as now.
2. We ever pray for thee with all our hearts,
That strength be given thee to do thy part,
To guide and counsel us from day to day,
To shed a holy light around our way,
To shed a holy light around our way.
3. We ever pray for thee with fervent love;
And as the children’s prayer is heard above,
Thou shalt be ever blest, and God will give
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live,
All that is meet and best while thou shalt live.
Text: Evan Stephens, 1854-1930
Music: H. A. Tuckett, 1852-1918; adapted by Evan Stephens, 1854-1930
Here is the current mission statement of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship:
The Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship both gathers and nurtures disciple-scholars. As a research community, the Institute supports scholars whose work inspires and fortifies Latter-day Saints in their testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and engages the world of religious ideas.
Jaclyn Foster — who, I believe, is a doctoral student in history at the University of Utah — was a 2018 “Summer Fellow” of the Maxwell Institute, where her work resulted in a paper and a presentation entitled “The Influence of Scientific Racism on Mormon Racial Thought.”
Now, thanks to the miracle of modern technology, you can read a tweet that Jaclyn Foster published at 12:45 PM, on Saturday, 3 August 2019 — in other words, yesterday. Let’s call it “tbh, or ‘to be honest'”: