Apostle Russell M. Nelson explained in an Ensign magazine article approved according to the quote given above:.
In addition, all Church members will benefit by a return to the basics. It is our hope that the new Gospel Principles manual will take a prominent place in the homes and lives of all Latter-day Saints.
The new edition will inspire teaching and enhance personal study. Teach the doctrine. Boldface in original. The teaching banning blacks from the priesthood was taught very early in LDS Church history. Consider this letter from Apostle Franklin Richards:.
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The principles that the Prophet Joseph taught are the doctrines that we must abide in, or we shall be overthrown. Ellipses mine. James Faust, who was a member of the First Presidency, said what comes from the leadership ought to be accepted as doctrine. He stated,. One cannot successfully attack true principles or doctrine, because they are eternal. The revelations that came through the Prophet Joseph Smith are still correct! It is a mistake to let distractions, slights, or offenses pull down our own house of faith. We can have a certain testimony that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and Redeemer of mankind, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet commissioned to restore the Church in our day and time without having a complete understanding of all gospel principles.
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But when you pick up a stick you pick up both ends. And so it is with the gospel. Some things cannot be changed. To those who have strayed because of doctrinal concerns, we cannot apologize for the truth. We cannot deny doctrine given to us by the Lord Himself. On this principle we cannot compromise Joseph B. What else could it have been? Speculation from the leaders?
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As tenth president Joseph Fielding Smith said,. See also Milton R. The prophets of the Lord have made several statements as to the operation of the principle. Although it attempted to come to grips with the genesis of the ban on blacks receiving the priesthood, it still fell short.
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According to this essay,. In , President Brigham Young publicly announced that men of black African descent could no longer be ordained to the priesthood, though thereafter blacks continued to join the Church through baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Following the death of Brigham Young, subsequent Church presidents restricted blacks from receiving the temple endowment or being married in the temple. Over time, Church leaders and members advanced many theories to explain the priesthood and temple restrictions.
None of these explanations is accepted today as the official doctrine of the Church. However, the acknowledgment of the ban is at least made and is located on the lds. One would think that the church would want everyone to read and learn from this recent essay. It was too much for the kids, they argued, and church was not the right venue for the discussion. It all started with a question. Why, the student wanted to know, was the ban instituted in the first place? The essays are also translated into numerous languages.
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Still, many faithful Latter-day Saints apparently are unaware of the existence of gospel topic essays:. Regardless, the essay is readily available on the lds. And so Brian Dawson—married to a black woman named Ezinne—decided to share this information with his young teenaged church students so they could see what the church has to say about the issue. According to the article,. He heard the question and took a breath.
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After the class, students told their families about the conversation. Dawson says he reminded his local LDS leader that he simply was responding to a sincere question, not creating some alternative curriculum. Martins apparently just want to move on. In the second-to-last paragraph in his book, Martins writes,. But I can tell you this much, that I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true and living church on the face of the earth, that it is led by living prophets, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
His assumptions are taken at face value without input from those who inhabit the world he is trying to use to understand Twilight. The fact you are asking question here is a good start. If you were to present a paper to a few Mormons and ask what they thought without dismissing them then the conclusions might be more realistic.
That is the name of the game — see the diversity comment above. However, if a large enough group of people you respect shoots the hypothesis down, perhaps there are good reasons. Also, in other Joseph Smith-based traditions, the capping of the D may be different. Thanks for your help with the nomenclature above everyone. I think I will stick to LDS so no-one gets confused, least of all me! While we are on the topic of nomenclature, you might like to know that Granger is not Protestant, as you have presumed. He is Orthodox Christian. Not all of them!
Every reader of the books that I know personally is not LDS. In all her interviews where Meyer has discussed how she first got published, she never mentions considering approaching Deseret Book, for example. Her intended audience, when it comes to publishing the books, then, must be presumed to be secular, or at least primarily non-LDS.
So any analysis has to take that audience into account as well, of course. Meyer does have a degree in Literature. So she presumably completed some studies of allegory and other rhetorical tropes in that. Her degree is from BYU. So her lecturers must have been LDSs and capable of discussing the connections between their academic discipline and the LDS faith. Not having been to BYU myself, I am making a presumption here.
Perhaps Meyer learnt some of her admirable literary skills from her BYU mentors. First of all, of course what I write below is speculation. It is intriguing! When I read the Twilight books, particularly the last one, I got the idea that there must be some reason for Meyer inventing all those vampires to add to the story line at almost the last moment.
I suppose you could argue that she needed the numbers to have a reason for the Volturi to pause, but she could have done that merely with the added number of werewolves visible in the clearing, as indeed she did. There are a lot of new vampire characters, and they all have quite detailed personalities and histories.
That is a lot of work for an author who is merely creating characters for the sake of numbers. And one whose book was already so long.
And the answer that I came up with — non-LDS person with limited LDS knowledge that I am — is that they are metaphorical representations of people, or groups of people, Meyer knows, or knows of. Now this is merely my hypothesis. Why do you think that? So all the other vampires are, well, who? I think they are metaphorical representations of other Christian denominations.
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