Something dramatic happened to the LDS Church after Brigham died: it became an organization, run by a bureaucracy, rather than a movement led by charismatic men. ...
I agree with your assessment that the church seems to have lost something that it had in the beginning. In particular a stream of revelation.
There is, of course, more than one spiritual gift. The items Dan mentioned may be inspired, but they are not the gift of receiving D&C type oracles. Where is that gift?
One could argue that the fruits of a spiritual gift do not bear "all year around", but come only "in season". And people need time to study and learn to live by new revelation. Too many would overwhelm them. The Old Testament oracles did not come back to back continuously, but came punctuated over many, many hundreds of years.
Thus, one can trust at some point the gift of D&C type oracles will return in its season to the Lord's restored church. But it has been a long time since any "Word of the Lord" oracles have been produced by a LDS President, so that is troublesome.
By the way, after President Young died, Presidents John Taylor and Wilford Woodruff both wrote Word of the Lord oracles. These were not put into the LDS canon, but there is plenty of evidence to prove they were truly written by them. The last Woodruff one was in 1889. Thus it has been over 120 years since any evidence has existed of this particular spiritual gift in the LDS church.
You can read these revelations in these two pdf files: Taylor Woodruff
But maybe the problem is that the LDS church has been corrupted by the Gentiles as taught in the Book of Mormon. Since the D&C is full of instructions the church is not living, why would the Lord give them any more "revelations and commandments"?
So until there is the prophesied "setting in order" and cleansing of the church, the church has what it has: very business like men taking good care of temporal things, but not bringing forth any more oracles.
I have faith that Zion (political Israel) is coming, and it would be a mistake for someone to reject the revelations given to the church the Lord set up to prepare for Zion.
Edited by erichard, 09 October 2010 - 09:18 AM.