LDS Church Has No Official Position on Human Evolution
Lincoln Cannon

I have not been aware of these quotes, thanks for sharing. I would say that within the culture of the church, there is a general aversion to the idea of evolution. I think so much of this attitude goes back to the early 1900s, when there was some disagreement on the issue within church leadership; James E. Talmage and B.H. Roberts were warm to the idea, but Joseph F. Smith was not. Since Smith was President of the church, his was the greater influence. But it seems to have waned in recent decades. In any case, I think this is a good illustration of how diverse ideas and opinions may be within top church leadership on various issues, most of which have little to do our salvation. Here is a link to a Deseret News article from some time ago that supports your headline as well:

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