Missing Church in July
Paul Malan

This author loses all credibility with me when he uses the first quote out of context, as there is nothing in that quote that specifies any “warning” against any political movements but rather against heretics (again, not specifying any topics). Not to mention the fact that the author even admits that the quote is not from an official lds source (confirmed with my own detailed search).

Now, it is possible that that was what he actually said, as it’s not the first time the church has proofread the talks to be in sync with official teachings (as is their right to do so as leaders of the church. It isn’t a democracy you know, and no one has the right to tell them what they should or shouldn’t teach). But it is equally possible that this quote actually never happened. As we cannot be sure, this quote should not be used as historical fact.

The same, I find, with all of his other quotes. In regards the the “Journal of Discourses,” it is not an official publication: https://www.lds.org/topics/journal-of-discourses?lang=eng

In regards to, “The Way to Perfection,” that is also not an official publication but an independant book.

And the alleged quote from Tanner about blacks and the priesthood is not accurate even if it were accurate (you like my play on words?). “During the first two decades of the Church’s existence, a few black men were ordained to the priesthood” (https://www.lds.org/topics/race-and-the-priesthood?lang=eng).

In conclusion: This author misrepresents his quotes, which come from sketchy, or rather unconfirmed sources. His whole argument revolves around words that might not have even been spoken.

Side notes: I know the Church does not always address or inform when they reword a talk (as was with Elder Poelman, in October 1984: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcM7koDc-jg&noredirect=1), but that is not their job. Their job is to teach what they believe is the truth, and if the speakers want to publish (or expose with) their original talks then that is entirely up to them.

Everyone has their opinions, even the prophets. But the Lord will never let His prophet lead His people astray, hence why we differentiate between officially published, and unofficially published statements. Even Jonah willfully rebelled against God, but when he taught the people of nineveh official, he did not teach false doctrine. If you don’t believe this fundamental truth, then how can you believe that the Book of Mormon, or even the Bible for that matter, is true (Seeing as prophets wrote the Bible). If that’s the case, then maybe Christianity isn’t for you.

The case with Elder Poelman shows that he willfully complied in rewording his talk. You could say he did it out of fear, but what would he fear; for if he disagreed with their decision, then he likely would not have continued to support the Church. Remember, this isn’t a government, but an organization that centers around free agency, in a country that promotes freedom to believe whatever you want. Peer Pressure is a legitimate fear, but that didn’t stop this author, and nor will it stop any inevitable conflicting responses to my comment.

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