“Say nothing but repentance unto this generation” D&C 11:9. How much fun is that?
Something I really enjoyed about BYU was the weekly devotionals. They were not enough for me to finish my undergraduate degree there, but I really enjoyed them.
One talk that really struck me was a talk by Spencer W. Kimball on not relying on leaders for truth, but testing what they said and learning by the Spirit. He introduced me to Brigham Young’s sermons on that point.
Brigham Young enjoyed speculating and extrapolation. Reckoning he called it. What is more, when he was taking a position based on logic and speculation he was not shy about admitting it was only logic, not revelation.
He was also very powerful in warning people that they could not rely on his speculation, his logic or his words, but instead needed to seek God and learn by the Spirit what was true and what was not, and that if they failed to do that, the words alone would lead them astray and they would be lost.
Even when it was revelation, Brigham Young warned people that those receiving revelation and those hearing the received revelation were limited by experience, context, language and their weaknesses. Revelation needs the same process to sort through as speculation does. Brigham Young talked and warned about that often as well.
I’ll share some unbridled speculations later, but I just wanted to set the ground rules first. Relying on the guesses and thoughts of our leaders without seeking the Spirit and testing all things, will, in Brigham’s words “lead you straight to hell.”
Of course if I blogged on nothing but repentance, I’d have some pretty short entries here. So. Go forth. Speculate. Read. Ponder. Pray. Repent.