President Thomas S. Monson: ' Holy Places'

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  • Kami Bountiful, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 11:10 a.m.

    @ ATXD, I believe the discrepancies (for those who see your examples as discrepancies) exist because Prophets are human and not perfect. I also think that polygamy was removed from our mortal life on the earth because men were too imperfect in the way they practiced it, including, perhaps, Prophets. This is just my personal opinion, but it supports the doctrine in the LDS church where God has made a promise that He will never allow a Prophet to lead us astray. There are two ways I can think of for God to keep His promise: death of the Prophet or a repeal of one of God's laws. Again, this is my own personal opinion, other than the doctrine I mentioned in this post, but it is the way I have been able to personally understand some of the things that have existed in our LDS history.

  • Kevin Surrey, BC
    Oct. 2, 2011 4:34 p.m.

    to: ATXD | 3:07 p.m. Oct. 2, 2011

    It seems reasonable to question why God has approved things in some generations and disapproved them in others. However, the 10 commandments have never changed and most likely never will. Other commandments will also follow in this same pattern. I have faith in a supreme and perfect Father who does things for reasons sometimes we will never understand in mortality. Thank goodness we have a living prophet to lead and guide us in these latter days.

  • katiefrankie Provo, UT
    Oct. 2, 2011 3:33 p.m.

    Oh, how I love General Conference and hearing from our prophet, apostles, and other leaders.

    ATXD, those are good questions and ones I have thought on and studied. Here is what I have come up with so far, for what it is worth - eternal truths are constant, as "truth" is in essence unchanging and not dependent upon circumstance or whim. Our understanding of truth and God's teaching of His children does change, however, because we are like little children and, as we grow and develop, our ability to absorb and process truth matures as well. Thus God does not teach us all His truth all at once, nor does He use the same method of teaching over time or to each of His children, and thus we see differences in commandments and communication, but ultimate truths remain constant.

    As humans we all have agendas and various methods of enforcing them, whether they are motivated by formal religious beliefs or other philosophies. I don't think anyone is immune from an "agenda," whether or not they believe in God.

    Oct. 2, 2011 3:07 p.m.

    God's law has remained constant? How come there have been so many changes then? Polygamy is out, men of all races being able to hold the priesthood is in. The "laws" of the Old Testament, the "laws" of the New Testament and the "laws" of today are all very different from one another. Joseph Smith was married to multiple wives some of whom were already to married to other men and at least one who was 14 years old. Brigham Young had more than 50 wives and he once said: "Shall I tell you the law of God in regard to the African race? If the white man who belongs to the chosen seed mixes his blood with the seed of Cain, the penalty, under the law of God, is death on the spot. This will always be so."
    The only constant I see is a belief in a deity that doesn't exist and a number of humans who use this belief to enforce their own agendas.

  • Brother Chuck Schroeder A Tropical Paradise USA, FL
    Oct. 2, 2011 1:05 p.m.

    "I QUOTE"

    "Communication with Heavenly Father including "our prayers to Him and His inspiration to us" is necessary in order for Latter-day Saints to weather the storms and trials of life, said President Thomas S. Monson".

    In Priesthood the Theme was "TO REPENT".

    That goes "hand in hand" with ' Holy Places'

    Good talk.