Mormonism and prophets

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Mormonism and prophets

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If every President of the Church is a prophet, seer, and revelator, why have so few revelations after Joseph Smith been added to the Doctrine and Covenants? Revelations used to be printed in Church periodicals such as the Times and Seasons and the Evening and Morning Star. Why are revelations no longer published on an ongoing basis? (Click here for full article)

  • Not official doctrine?
    Brief Summary: Some do not like the doctrines taught in the Proclamation on the Family, and claim that it is not "scripture" or not "official doctrine." What have Church leaders said on this matter? (Click here for full article)
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  • Longstanding doctrine
    Brief Summary: The doctrines in the Proclamation on the Family are not new, but have been repeatedly taught throughout Church history. (Click here for full article)
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  • Frequently taught
    Brief Summary: Official doctrine in the Church is taught frequently; the numerous and repeated references to the Proclamation on the Family confirm its status as official and important to LDS thought and doctrine. (Click here for full article)
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  • LDS prophets don't prophesy?
    Brief Summary: Some critics say that Latter-day Saint prophets aren't really "prophets" because they don't prophesy by foretelling unknown events. They commonly issue challenges such as, "If Gordon B. Hinckley is a prophet, tell me one event that he's prophesied." Do LDS prophets "prophesy"? (Click here for full article)
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  • Prophetic inerrancy?
    Brief Summary: Critics sometimes impose absolutist assumptions on the Church by holding inerrantist beliefs about scriptures or prophets, and assuming that the LDS have similar views. Critics therefore insist, based upon these assumptions, that any statement by any LDS Church leader represents LDS doctrine and is thus something that is secretly believed, or that should be believed, by Latter-day Saints. (Click here for full article)
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  • David O. McKay liked to be lionized
    Brief Summary: Some authors distort a biography of President McKay to claim that he liked to be "lionized." (Click here for full article)
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  • Do Latter-day Saint prophets not address current issues?
    Brief Summary: It is claimed that General Authorities are very silent about some issues, and that academic or volunteer organizations take their place (Click here for full article)
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  • Church Public affairs does not represent the Church
    Brief Summary: Some people do not agree with statements issued by the Church's public affairs department. They claim that the public affairs department does not always reflect the beliefs or statements of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. This claim is both absurd and false. (Click here for full article)
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  • False revelation or private matters
    Brief Summary: Statements by leaders of the Church on the propriety of Church members teaching new doctrines, or publicizing personal revelations, dreams, visions, etc. (Click here for full article)
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It is claimed that Mormonism prides itself in having unpaid clergy as one proof of the Church's truthfulness. They then point to the fact that some General Authorities, mission presidents, and others do, in fact, receive a living stipend while serving the Church, and point to this as evidence of the “hypocrisy” of the Church. (Click here for full article)

  • No professional clergy
    Brief Summary: There can be no doubt that the Church does have an unpaid ministry. More precisely, it does not have a professional clergy. (Click here for full article)
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  • General Authorities living stipend
    Brief Summary: Some members of the Church are unaware that at least some General Authorities do receive a modest living stipend. While it is true that some Church leaders receive a living allowance while they serve in a given position, it cannot be said that the Church has a professional ministry in the traditional sense. (Click here for full article)
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  • Scriptural teachings about paid ministry
    Brief Summary: What do the scriptures say about a paid ministry? (Click here for full article)
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    • Priestcraft
      Brief Summary: Church members have a particular sensitivity to issues surrounding paid ministries particularly due to admonitions in the Book of Mormon relative to a practices known as priestcraft, which is "that men preach and set themselves up for a light unto the world, that they may get gain and praise of the world; but they seek not the welfare of Zion." (Click here for full article)
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