“human frailties, they will make mistakes…” What is he referring to here?-
Ward Teaching Message
, “prophet speaks, thinking has been done.”
This statement originally appeared in the
, in June 1945, as theWard Teaching message.
Ward Teachers’ Message for June, 1945“SUSTAINING THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES OF THE CHURCH”
NO Latter-day Saint is compelled to sustain the General Authorities of the Church. …However, there is the principle of honor involved in the member’s choice. When a personraises his hand to sustain Church leaders as “prophets, seers, and revelators,” it is thesame as a promise and a covenant to follow their leadership and to abide by theircounsel as the living oracles of God. …
When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done.
When they propose aplan–it is God’s plan. When they point the way, there is no other which is safe. Whenthey give direction, it should mark the end of controversy. God works in no other way.To think otherwise, without immediate repentance, may cost one his faith, may destroyhis testimony, and leave him a stranger to the kingdom of God.
Dr. J. Raymond Cope, the leader of the First Unitarian Society in Salt Lake City,was one of those concerned. He expressed his concerns about the impact of thismessage in a letter to President George Albert Smith. Cope cordially related thefeeling that such a message was “doing inestimable harm to many who have noother reason to question the integrity of the Church leaders… this cannot be theposition of the true leaders.” Within a month, President Smith responded to Dr.Cope.