Friday, April 23, 2010
I really appreciate my status as a lay member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm no-one who any of you should think important. I'm just like you. I offer my opinions and they are yours to consider as you try and sort out the challenges of this life. The ultimate source for light, truth and salvation is the Lord. Not me. Not even an institution. Not some other man. You should be dependent upon the Lord for your knowledge and Him alone. The Spirit brings you words from Him.
As you listen to any man speak, measure what he has to say against the standard found in the scriptures and against the whisperings of the Spirit to you. Any man who tries to come between you and the Lord is seeking to make themselves an idol and they will lead you astray. There is no-one who can stand between you and the Lord. He alone is the keeper of the gate, and He does not now and never has employed a servant there. (2 Ne. 9: 41.)
You should obtain your own independent knowledge of everything another man tells you. If you don't then you are surrendering what should never be surrendered: your own agency and responsibility.