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Question 25


Some say LDS theologians at Brigham Young University determine the doctrines of the LDS Church. Does LDS doctrine, in fact, come through BYU or from the Prophet?


Everyone who has ever been a Mormon will tell you that the LDS "Theology" as you put it comes from the Prophet - it always has even in ancient times. BYU has nothing to do with the government for The Chruch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. -BW (LDS)

I have been instructed by the people in my branch that the true doctrines of the church comes from the Prophets. -TM (LDS)

Neither. Doctrine comes from the standard works, and it never changes. (well, almost never) -CL (non-LDS)

Technically, it has always come from the Prophet. Only he has been specially endowed with this responsibility. However, BYU has recently been assuming the mantle of the Prophet. Today, a faithful Mormon may pay more attention to what Stephen Robinson or Robert Millet says than what Pres. Hinckley says. Whether that is good or bad for Mormonism is up to the Saint to decide. From the outside, this trend has been met with approval by certain evangelicals, who see in it a movement toward orthodoxy. Some (like myself) are not as hopeful of that occuring. To change to orthodox Christian faith would require a wholesale rejection of all of Mormonism--and that is not too likely to occur (in my opinion) anywhere near soon, if at all. -SS (Former LDS)

i believe mormon doctrine could come from both, BYU and the prophets. i believe the prophet just makes things up as he sees fit, and the doctrine changes as they see fit.

now here is just one example of teachings changing as the prophets see fit. and the church either does not know or care.

joseph f smith was the 10th president and a prophet of the church. in doctrines of salvation vol 1 pg 135 he says "joseph smith taught that there were certain sins so grievous that man may commit, that they will place the transgressors beyond the power of the atonement of christ. if these offenses are committed, then the blood of christ will not cleanse them from their sins even though they repent. therefore their only hope is to have their own blood shed to atone, as far as possible, in their behalf. THIS IS SCRIPTURAL DOCTRINE, and is taught in all the standard works of the church."

ok, we have a major problem here. the 10th president and prophet quotes the first prophet as saying and teaching blood atonement, which the church today denies ever having been doctrine, yet here it's stated that it is scriptural doctrine and taught in the 4 standard works.

but now read in D and C 76:41 "that he came into the world, even jesus, to be crucified for the world, and to sanctify the world, and to cleanse it from all unrighteousness." read also alma 34:10,12 and 2 nephi 9:7

then read matthew 5:21-22 luke 23:33-34 romans 5:8-9 1 john 1:7-10 these all deny what J.F. SMITH TAUGHT. ezra taft benson taught the prophet cannot lead the church astray, but this is happening today. please write me at [email protected] and we will discuss many more of these problems. -RB (non-LDS)