A century of silence

SCRIPTURE HEADING: “Section 138: A vision given to President Joseph F. Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 3, 1918. In his opening address at the 89th Semiannual General Conference of the Church, on October 4, 1918, President Smith declared that he had received several divine communications during the previous months. One of these, concerning the Savior’s visit to the spirits of the dead while His body was in the tomb, President Smith had received the previous day. It was written immediately following the close of the conference.” –introductory heading of Doctrine and Covenants section 138, the final section of the Mormon book of modern revelation. [source]

COMMENTARY: Sometimes I have gone a few years between entries in my journal, but a century without saying anything meaningful to a church that is supposedly your favorite church in the world is a little ridiculous, even for a deity. The last 100 years have seen more changes in human understanding, technology, and ability than perhaps all previous history combined, and yet Mormon Jesus remains silent. This is supposedly the same Jesus depicted as an unchanging God in the Book of Mormon, where he is extremely present and active among the Nephites. It’s astounding to think there is not a single LDS leader alive today who had even been born before the last time new scripture was given. There are modern day Mormon prophets who have lived and died without contributing to scripture even as much as the virtually unknown Book of Mormon prophets Chemish and Abinadom. I have to admit it makes me begin to doubt the church’s claim of continuing revelation. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.

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