24) MORMONISM AND EVOLUTION: Is the book Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements authoritative?

Commentary

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Please see Gary Shapiro’s excellent blog for additional information on the flaws in Mormonism and Evolution: The Authoritative LDS Statements and an entire review.

Prophetic Statements

Ezra Taft Benson

Permit me to offer you a word of counsel about writing books or articles. Some of you have desired to write, and we do not discourage that. Because of problems with some writings from some of our teachers who have put themselves in print, it is well to give you some cautions. Doctrinal interpretation is the province of the First Presidency. The Lord has given that stewardship to them by revelation. No teacher has the right to interpret doctrine for the members of the Church. If Church members would remember that, we could do away with a number of books which have troubled some of our people. [1] 


  1. Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 317; “The Gospel Teacher and His Message,” Religious Educators, Salt Lake City, Utah, 17 September 1976

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