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

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Interpreter A Journal of Mormon Scripture
Digest / 5.25" x 8.25"
28 pages Saddle-stitched
church of jesus christ of latter-day saints, Doctrine and Covenants 21, George Albert Smith, Hugh B. Brown, lds, Mormonism, Prophets, Revelation

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.”

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