Ray DeGraw wrote: ↑
09 Jun 2017, 20:03
It was a personal statement to one person. Period.
We take WAY too much in the Church that is personal and try to make it universal.
While I completely agree, I think it's a difficult sell. These verses are frequently spouted as a guide to discern truth and these verses have certainly, IMO, helped create the Mormon model of decision making--study it out, make a choice, and pray to God for confirmation, which is provided through feelings. This basic model is part of being or becoming a Mormon, right? Faith in the truthfulness of a book, then a prayer to ask if it's right with the promise that God will provide the answer through the holy ghost. Now Moroni doesn't say how exactly the holy ghost will manifest this but the model is through feelings, which is supported by D&C 9. Missionaries are even encouraged to teach investigators what their feelings mean (which sounds really silly at best and manipulative at worst). Now, maybe we've completely misunderstood the Moroni promise to be about the truth of a book full of theoretical contridictions rather than about the message that Christ is our Savior, but that's probably a thought for a different topic.
My question is, how do we promote the idea that D&C 9 was written for Oliver Cowdry when it's canonized for us? What's not to say that God used this example to teach us how to discern truth?
And what if we used this model to discern whether or not this model was ubiquitous?
OK... So I studied it out and decided that D&C9 was supposed to be specific to Oliver Cowdry and not generalizable to everyone. I prayed asked God if this was right and felt my bosum burn with me. I felt it was right.
Then the universe exploded.