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Discerning the Spirit & Authority
prisonchaplain posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionIn the string @Grunt started about a question by an investigator, the dilemma of how we know when the spiritual sense we have is true--that it is the Holy Spirit speaking to us--came up. Immediately my Protestant background kicked in and I thought: sola scriptura. The Bible is the final authority. No prompting of the Spirit will contradict it. Then I considered Catholicism. A friend of mine converted to that faith, and says he no longer claims the right to interpret scripture--that the church leadership has that authority. Then I remembered the beliefs of my friends here. Members do interpret scripture, but they look beyond the Bible. They also follow the modern prophets of the church, sometimes quoting from their speeches and writings. So...what is the answer when there is uncertainty about a spiritual prompting? Pray? Go to scriptures? Consider the sayings of the prophets? If so, what's the "go to" order?
This article is by a retired NYPD officer, who explains why the average police officer is so angry at NYC's mayor. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/08/opinion/the-nypd-protests-an-officers-view.html?_r=0 Was the back-turning right? Wrong? Understandable? Indulgent? Most important, what is the way forward?
Priesthood Line of Authority
Spartan117 posted a topic in LDS Gospel DiscussionI recently got my line of authority. My friend who ordained me to both Priesthoods never got his line of authority, so when I got mine I forwarded him a copy. I have a few questions though .... Is my line of authority something that is supposed to be kept personal, like a patriarchal blessing? When I saw my line of authority for the first time I was surprised to see the names of early church leaders (both the primitive church, and the restoration) on there. I hadn't really thought about it before I got my lineage. It was neat to see all these names, but I'm guessing that it's pretty common, right? Having a few modern day prophets and apostles in your lineage? I'm not trying to brag or boast, I wouldn't have anything to boast about anyway. Just curious, is that okay? Is there ever a time where I'll have to give a copy to someone? Like if I were to ordain a new convert, would he get a copy? Would I have to give a copy to whoever was presiding over the ordnance? Many thanks to everyone for their time.