It’s a crazy world out there and sometimes we don’t always know everyone’s strategic angle. We think it’s important to make sure that each student of the Study Guide knows exactly where the authors or compilers of this Study Guide are coming from. We hope it will eliminate any fear of deception.
For this reason, we updated “The Compilers” section in Study Guide Introduction. Allow us to explain our additions:
- “It is authored anonymously to ensure that you focus on the message instead of the messenger.” We have seen first hand what happens when people introduce something new, something contrary to tradition or simply something they do not like to hear (1 Nephi 1:19-20). It is unfortunate that when some people are presented with something like this that they work hard to discredit the individual, quickly write them off as “apostate” all without even focusing on the merits of the message. We think this is especially unfortunate in the case of this Study Guide because the message is supported scripturally.
- “The authors are not followers of any one person quoted or referenced within this compilation but rather they are followers of Christ and His word. Compilers are not ex-mormons, anti-mormons and not associated with any apostate group.” We think it was important to be direct here and help people avoid fear that they are somehow going down a road to apostasy.
- “Compilers love and sustain LDS church leaders in their respective roles and callings. Compilers accept that each person (LDS, LDS Leader, Non-Leader, Non-LDS) also has their own unique journey with respect to learning, believing and living The Doctrine of Christ.” This comment is rooted the idea that “God is no respecter of persons.” We wanted to make it clear that everyone has their own unique journey without any exemptions. Yes, that means that LDS church leaders are also not exempt. Just because a person carries a certain title including: President (Church, Stake, Aux), Counselor, Apostle, General Authority, Bishop, or even Group Leader does not automatically mean they have learned, believe and are living the Doctrine of Christ. You may be surprised to know that many of the persons that carry these titles and mantles have not yet received the Savior, Jesus Christ. Yes, a Church President or an Apostle must seek, knock and ask the same way as every other person. For more thoughts on this read our “No Respecter of Persons” blog post.