Monday, March 1, 2010
My wife also suggested I add something about Elder Oaks' talk at Harvard, since some readers may not have access to the information:
When discussing our beliefs he explained that personal revelation is fundamental to Mormon beliefs. "some wonder how members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints accept a modern prophet's teachings to guide their personal lives, something that is unusual in most religious traditions. Our answer to the charge that Latter-day Saints follow their leaders out of 'blind obedience' is this same personal revelation. We respect our leaders and presume inspiration in their leadership of the church and in their teachings. but we are all privileged and encouraged to confirm their teachings by prayerfully seeking and receiving revelatory conformation directly from God."
When asked by a Divinity School student why Joseph Smith was any more reliable than Mary Baker Eddy, he responded: "If you want to know go to the ultimate source. The answer to that question can only come from God himself. That's what I encourage anyone who asks me about it. I can't promise when it will happen with anyone, but I can promise it will happen."