QUOTE: “When the Lord inspired His prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, to declare the mind of the Lord and the will of the Lord, each of us during that sacred moment felt a spiritual confirmation. It was our privilege as Apostles to sustain what had been revealed to President Monson. Revelation from the Lord to His servants is a sacred process.” … “The Lord has promised that the prophet will never lead us astray.” –Russell M. Nelson, 10 January 2016. [source, source]
SCRIPTURE: “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. Better it is to be of an humble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud.” –Proverbs 16:18-19 [source]
COMMENTARY: So if you believe that the prophet cannot make a mistake when formulating church wide policy, and he declares he knows what to do, and then says something that reinforces your previously held beliefs, and that makes you feel good, then we are supposed to believe that is the same thing as revelation? Even when we have the Doctrine & Covenants and can read what revelation really looks like? First off, Russell, please tell us the revelation or scripture where God promised that the prophet would never lead the church astray. Second, if you’ve ever read the Book of Mormon, you would know it contains a warning prophecy that if the church goes astray, the Lananites will rise up, overthrow the church, and take over control of the kingdom of God on the earth. Call me daft, but I don’t see how it is possible to have two contradictory prophecies like that. Finally, isn’t one of the overarching themes of the Book of Mormon that pride leads to downfall? When you, as the prophet heir apparent, preach that the prophet cannot lead people astray, that’s not just pride. That’s downright hubris. But what do I know? I’m just another apostate.