From John Dutson
A NEW CONCEPT FOR THE - Statement of Principles/Guide & Standard!
This is offered in the sincere desire for unity of our people and for no other reason!
If wisdom isn’t seen in it I will let it fade away without debate, but I believe it has great merit. This isn’t something I dreamt up last minute, nor on my own. I have been working on this for over 5 months and believe it can provide the compromise we need through flexibility.
The idea is to change the whole approach to the Guide and Standard - Statement of Principals challenge.
The new scriptures would have just THE one page (see page below), with references maybe that would include front and back of the ONE page.
The proper references and their order for each standard are the critical additions that would need to be made to this.
The key to the Statement of Principles/Guide and Standard is to let “the 7 standards” listed such as the Doctrine of Christ and the Sermons on the Mount and at Bountiful stand on their own, therefore, they do NOT need to be rewritten in whole or part in the statement, just the references to them would be shown.
It needs to be very simple and flexible. Therefore, this idea will separate the procedural matters, the “how to” items of a fellowship and move them to a separate and non-scriptural Fellowship Guide, each fellowship can write their own. This would support fellowship diversity and could be very unique to differing cultures or groups, as long as they conformed to the accepted statement of principles and the 7 standards.
I know there are individuals guided to inspire the hearts and minds of specific groups, as they should be. Those documents don’t need to be included in the one-page Statement of Principles-Guide and Standard but would be done via a separate statement for the specific purpose.
It appears we are at an impasse on this as a people and need help or we will fail. Give this concept some serious consideration. It is after all just one page; but A WHOLE NEW APPROACH!"
So here it is..
We as a people, disciples of Christ, seek as individuals, families and fellowships to follow Christ and “equally walk truly” in His path back to the Father by abiding the teachings contained in the scriptures and revelations provided for our day.
“What do we need to do to enter God’s pathway of endless progress? Jesus answered and said, The pathway is before you in me, I teach and display what the Father wants you to witness and believe. In the name of Father Ahman I testify to you, He who hearkens to my testimony, and trusts him who sent me, there is no end to his potential progression. His progress will not cease, for I demonstrate the pathway of eternal lives.”
Therefore, we seek to become His disciples filled with faith, hope and charity. A people of one heart and mind. People whose lives can reflect the two great commandants.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself”.
Lives guided and maintained by virtue, by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love unfeigned, by kindness, and pure knowledge, without hypocrisy, and without guile. We seek His presence, to be His people, to abide His covenant, and for the establishment of Zion in preparation for His return.
We in faith receive the scriptures, current revelation and in particular, “The Book of Mormon” to “correct ourselves and to guide our words, thoughts and deeds”. From these we have adopted the following seven standards.
1.The Doctrine of Christ as given by the Lord at Bountiful. see (3 Nephi 11:32-40) see also (2 Nephi 31:2-21, 32;2-9)
2.The law of Christ as given by the Lord in the Sermons on the Mount and at Bountiful. see (3 Nephi 12,13,14, Matthew 5,6,7) see also (Mosiah 2:9-40, 3:2-24)
3.Fellowships. See (references to follow and fellowship Guides)
4.Priesthood Ordinances. See (references to follow)
5.The Answer and the Covenant as given by the Lord to His servant. See (references to follow)
6.The Holy Order. See (references to follow)
7.Zion. See (references to follow)