The church published ‘essays’ about its tough issues

On the basis of this scripture about incorporating study into gospel learning, the LDS Church has released numerous essays about challenging topics. Photo courtesy BYU Faculty Center
On the basis of this scripture about incorporating study into gospel learning, the LDS Church has released numerous essays about challenging topics. Photo courtesy BYU Faculty Center

“…be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you…” (1 Peter 3:15)

In the LDS Church’s new gay policy, we have our latest example of the much commotion that, in recent years, has surrounded the church.

We also have our latest example of church members who, frankly, can’t do what the Lord’s senior apostle in the meridian of time asks.

As scripture says, that’s irresponsible.

To learn with me more about the Church, one doesn’t even need to take anyone but the church’s word. It has provided resources. They are a series of essays classified as “Gospel Topics.”

So go “seek learning, even by study…” (D&C 88:118)

And next time, “be ready.”

Said the church:

“In the early 1830s, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was less than three years old, the Lord invited members of the Church to seek wisdom by study and by the exercise of faith:

“’And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith’ (D&C 88:118).

“This is more than a simple exhortation to learn about the gospel. It is an invitation from the Lord to recognize that not all sources of knowledge are equally reliable. Seeking ‘out of the best books’ does not mean seeking only one set of opinions, but it does require us to distinguish between reliable sources and unreliable sources.

“Recognizing that today so much information about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints can be obtained from questionable and often inaccurate sources, officials of the Church began in 2013 to publish straightforward, in-depth essays on a number of topics. The purpose of these essays, which have been approved by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, has been to gather accurate information from many different sources and publications and place it in the Gospel Topics section of LDS.org, where the material can more easily be accessed and studied by Church members and other interested parties.

“The Church places great emphasis on knowledge and on the importance of being well informed about Church history, doctrine, and practices. Ongoing historical research, revisions of the Church’s curriculum, and the use of new technologies allowing a more systematic and thorough study of scriptures have all been pursued by the Church to that end. We again encourage members to study the Gospel Topics essays cited in the links to the right as they ‘seek learning, even by study and also by faith.'”

The essays are below and here.

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Published by: Rhett Wilkinson

Rhett has been an evil journalist and evil-er political worker. At nine years old, Rhett wrote about Han Solo and Princess Leia getting married and having kids and a child named Ben. And also, Luke building a new Jedi Order and a New Republic being established. That all happened in the books or films, so he's still waiting for Lucasfilm to pay up!

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