[This is being posted with no idea whether the group proposing this will carry it out at the Phoenix conference.]
“There is another method that we haven’t tried, so far as I know. That would be to use ‘lots’ to choose from every [proposed G&S Statement/Document] in the [movement, equally]. This method was used to fill Judas’ vacancy in the original Twelve in Jerusalem. (Acts 1: 21-26.) The description there is ambiguous, but was intended to be random, unpredictable and not just a vote. It was a recognized way to choose someone [or something]. (See, e.g., 1 Ne. 3: 11.) It has been used to sort through the entire nation of Israel when all twelve tribes were assembled. Someone had stolen an idol, resulting in the withdrawal of the Lord’s Spirit from them in battle. The result was defeat for Israel and the death of many men. They needed to find the one who committed the offense. So they had to choose from the entire gathering of all twelve tribes. Beginning at the tribe level, they sorted through to find the right tribe (Judah). Then proceeded to sort through the tribe to locate the larger family involved (Zarhites). Then went through the family to find the individual involved (Achan). The whole thing is in the scriptures. (Joshua 7: 13-23.)
Such a system was uncontrolled by man, done by lot, completely random, but produced the right person [or in this case, ‘Statement/Document’]. Left to God, it obtained God’s answer. Did with the sons of Lehi, and with the vacancy in the Twelve in the Book of Acts, too. There is no reason why such a system wouldn’t generate the Lord’s choice today.
If the [body is unable to choose a Statement of Principles’ without disputes], then random choosing using a lot system would put the choice in the Lord’s hands. But I suppose we don’t have the stomach to try it, particularly when we already have a system that seems to work for us.”
Adapted from Denver Snuffer’s post “Prophet, Seer, Revelator” (May 21, 2010), changing only the subject of the discussion from selecting a church President to selecting a Guide and Standard.
—from a couple willing to lay down their own pride