This space exists for the proposal and discussion of efforts to address the Lord's requirement for a statement of principles to be added to the scriptures.
Monday, April 9, 2018
You are not excused from writing a statement of
principles that I have required at your hands. I forbade my servant David from
participating, and again forbid him. But I require a statement of principles to
be adopted by the mutual agreement of my people, for if you cannot do so, you
will be unable to accomplish other works that I will require at your hands.
When you have an agreed statement of principles, I require it to also be added
as a guide and standard for my people to follow. Remember there are others who
know nothing, as yet, of my work now underway, and therefore the guide and
standard is to bless, benefit and inform them—so I command you to be wise in
word and kind in deed as you write what I require of you.
Do not murmur saying, Too much has been required at our hands in too short a
time. If your hearts were right, it was a light thing I have asked. You hinder
and delay and then you say I require too much of you and do not allow you time,
when, if your hearts were right and you prepared yourselves, you could have
finished this work long ago. Do you indeed desire to be my people? Then accept
and do as I have required. – Answer to Prayer for Covenant
A principle is a fundamental truth or proposition that serves
as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior. – Online Dictionary
·What exactly did the Lord require of us?
·How much should there be in a statement of
·Should we be as brief as possible or should we
elaborate? If a tree was required, would we need to describe the bark, the
leaves, etc., or could we just say it needs roots, a trunk, branches, leaves
and fruit or seeds? Can it be so minimal that everyone could have their own
kind of tree and still be a tree?
·What is critical for someone investigating
this movement to initially hear? Are there things that are nice to know, but
that aren't necessary? What happens if we say too much? Or too little? Could Joseph
Smith’s Articles of Faith be a prototype of this required statement?
·Are we required to explain how things are done
(a statement of practices) or just state the principles? Does it need to be
flexible enough to grow over time?
·How do we “adopt by the mutual
agreement of my people”, or does having mutual agreement mean a statement is
·Who are His people? Am I?
·Is mutual agreement more than or
different than what the Lord has defined it as?
·Once adopted, where is the statement to be
added? Does it have to be considered scripture?
·If “therefore the guide and standard is to bless, benefit and inform them (others
who know nothing, as yet, of my work now underway),” is it to be written for
them as the primary audience? If it is also “for my people to follow,” is it
also to be written for us, or just about us? Is
it still a replacement for D&C 20?
·How can we be “kind in deed as [we]
write what I require of you”?
·“Do not murmur…” Are we murmuring?
the Lord said, “…if
your hearts were right and you prepared yourselves, you could have finished
this work long ago…,” how do we prepare ourselves? And is that the same as
having our hearts right or does “and” mean that there is more to preparing that
just having our hearts right?
you indeed desire to be my people? Then accept and do as I have required.” Based on results so far, do we really desire to be
His people? If so, how do we “accept” what He has required?
·Should the statement point to where more
information can be found than what is stated?
·Is there anything implied by the Lord's
request that we aren’t recognizing?
·If Denver noted in Phoenix that some of his
talk might have been intended to help us with the guide and standard, what
might he have been pointing out? Didn't he emphasize individual uniqueness? If
the need to explain our principles varies greatly based on backgrounds,
countries, languages, religions, etc., would it make sense to allow for that
variety? If we are all the same, yet unique, can we preserve individual
uniqueness while promoting unity and oneness?
·Is there a way to minimally state the principles that are
fundamental and critical for an outsider or newcomer or observer to know, that
informs them of the "what" associated with this covenant people and
where to find the how and why? Can it be done in a way to allow for unique
perspectives and backgrounds to assist in sharing? Wouldn't a person from a
Hindu background do a better job of explaining baptism to other Hindus than one
of the Western ex-Mormon Christians? Couldn't someone, free to use their own
unique approach, such as employing the Sermon on the Mount, do a better job of
explaining our principles to their own friends than by simply relaying an
elaborate, correlated explanation? If the spirit needed room to inspire and
influence an explanation, wouldn't a lack of extensive, predetermined wording
·How can we say the most in the least amount of
·What does a statement of principles that meets
the stated and implied requirements, that avoids the issues of previous
attempts, and that allows for individual uniqueness look like?
·If I found this statement of principles
somewhere, would it interest me? Would it cause me to want more?
·How would we, as a covenant people, adopt such
a statement? How many would have to voice agreement? Can 93% of 465 voters (the
outcome of the largest recent G&S vote – and roughly 27% of those who have
registered their baptisms with the recorder) be characterized as “a
preponderance” or “a vast majority of the Lord’s covenant people”? Is that 27% sufficient
for adoption of a statement? If so, why? If not, what is the minimum required?
How do we know if & when we have the mutual agreement of all of God’s
·Is the completion of this process being
prevented by the scripture committee? Didn’t they agree to include a guide and
standard if one was adopted in Phoenix? If they are willing to publish
something, who or what is preventing them from doing so?
·Having heard in this last conference from
those opposing any efforts to date, what are the primary objections that need
to be addressed? Can they be addressed? If so, how? IF not, what do we do?
·Is Christ involved in this process?
·What are my motives? Is the problem everyone
else, or am I the source?
I following the Lord’s example: “If men intend no offense, I take no offense…”?