Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Fourteen Fundamentals, Conclusion

I could continue to address other points from the talk but I believe there are other things to talk about that are more important.  My intention in writing about the talk was to draw attention to teachings that have crept in among us that are damaging.  

It is important to understand the context of the revelations.  Know the questions that drew out the answers.  Learn to whom the revelations were addressed.  It is good to liken the scriptures to yourself, but sometimes it just doesn't make sense (D&C 132:49).  Not all revelations that refer to Joseph Smith refer to succeeding presidents of the Church.  In fact, most probably don't.  Pay attention.  Ask meaningful questions.             

On a related note, I'm looking forward to general conference this weekend.  It is important for us to pay attention to what is said.  Prayerfully seek the spirit of the Lord for discernment.  Seek to find that which is good and points to Christ.  Beware of messages that invite you to put unnecessary trust in men.  Look for the message of repentance.  Watch for messages of flattery.  When you discern a message to have originated from man, judge it as such, but do not harbor resentment or harsh judgment.  Love the truth; it is of Christ (John 14:6).  Love your brother; he is your flesh (Isa. 58:7).  Blessed are those who make peace; for they shall be called the children of God (3 Ne. 12:9).    

President Benson should get in the last word:

"Certain individuals within the Church may go astray and even fall away. This may happen even to a person in the Church who is in a position of some influence and authority. It has happened in the past. It will happen in the future. If our faith is in Jesus Christ and not in the arm of flesh, then we will know that we are members of the Church of Jesus Christ and not the church of men" (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 90).

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