For members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the authority to speak for God rests with the President of the Church and his counselors. Comprising the First Presidency, these men offer guidance to bishops and other leaders in official circular letters, to the general membership in articles and announcements published in the Ensign magazine and elsewhere, and to the broader public in statements read from the pulpit and distributed as news releases to the media.
Their communications are considered to be authoritative, whether touching on doctrine, theology, Church administration and practice, or matters of individual responsibility. The First Presidency maintains the exclusive prerogative to interpret scripture and doctrine for the Church at large.
The current volume should be of considerable use to LDS Church members and scholars interested in official views on a wide range of doctrinal and related contemporary issues. For readers' convenience, the quotations are arranged alphabetically by topic, in reverse chronological order to present the most recent statements first.
While this compilation contains the definitive positions of the LDS First Presidency, it is not itself a publication of the LDS Church. The statements quoted within are referenced so readers can consult the original documents or publications.About the Author:
GARY JAMES BERGERA is managing director of the Smith-Pettit Foundation, former senior editor at Signature Books, and former managing editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. He is the author of Conflict in the Quorum: Orson Pratt, Brigham Young, Joseph Smith; co-author of Brigham Young University: A House of Faith; and editor of The Autobiography of B. H. Roberts, Line upon Line: Essays on Mormon Doctrine, On Desert Trails with Everett Ruess, and other books. He has published in the Journal of the Illinois Historical Society, Journal of Mormon History, Mormon Historical Studies, Utah Historical Quarterly, and elsewhere.
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