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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 7 2011 5:00 a.m. MST

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Keith, you continue to inspire. I just need you to do inspire us more. I suspect I speak for many who want to hear more from Special K.

Utes Fan
Salt Lake City, UT

I have not read the words of Elder Oaks regarding "assigning reasons" to revelations. So, it is possible I don't understand the issue fully.

However, to me, there is a difference in "assigning reasons" versus "exploring ideas" so to speak. D&C 97:14 says: "That they may be perfected in the understanding of their ministry, in theory, in principle, and in doctrine, in all things pertaining to the kingdom of God on the earth..."

Notice the words "in theory", which to me gives us "permission", so to speak, to wonder and explore about these things without getting too specific or "assigning reasons". If somebody says "the blacks were denied the Priesthood because of ..." vs somebody who says "the blacks were denied the Priesthood might have something to do with...". The second statement explores "in theory" and the first assigns a reason.

No we shouldn't assign reason, but I don't think it means we should "cut off" understanding, if it can be obtained. I see the difference clearly, and I hope I make my point clear.

Whos Life RU Living?
Ogden, UT

I didn't know Shaquille O'neal knew how to write.

Wade Fillmore
Sandy, UT

I remember Keith from our days in the San Francisco Stake. I don't expect him to remember me, but I appreciate this as I do Marcus Martins article from BYU Studies of a few years ago. Thank you, Keith

Pleasant View, UT

Great article. I bought Elder Oaks book and will read it soon. Your book, Keith, is also a great read. Inspiring, interesting, and valuable doctrinal insights. Keep writing.

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