I've contributed to this thread, but haven't really followed it from the beginning. So I just now went back to the first and glanced at the posts. What we have is Rongo initially saying he accepts President Packer's address in the "spirit" in which it was given. But what follows in the thread is several pages of commentary with authors largely complaining about the "unwritten order of things," as though they objected to the very existence of that concept.
So, I found President Packer's talk online. Here it is.
I'm wondering what, if anything, folks here find objectionable about President Packer's remarks and the "spirit in which they were given."
For the record, I will affirm here, for my own part, that I assent to President Packer's discourse and believe it to be inspired.
I'll get things started by saying I particularly like this passage:
The things that I shall tell you are not explained in the scriptures, although they conform to the principles taught in the scriptures.
A principle is an enduring truth, a law, a rule you can adopt to help you in making decisions. Generally principles are not spelled out in detail. That leaves you free to adapt and to find your way with an enduring truth, a principle, as an anchor.
Edited by Scott Lloyd, 22 March 2012 - 11:00 AM.
To whom it may concern: If you feel inclined to do anything for or in behalf of me after I die -- or even while I'm living, for that matter -- that is comparable in intent to Mormon vicarious baptisms or other ordinances for the dead, feel free. I would even regard it as a magnanimous gesture. I would appreciate the thought in any case.
Nobody gives you all the facts all at once, leastwise anti-Mormons and hostile critics. If selective focus or emphasis amounts to deceit, they are the worst of offenders.
If I detest anything as virulently as anti-Mormons obviously detest Mormonism, feel free to label me as "anti-" the thing I detest. I won't mind in the least.
An author who undertakes to criticize publicly another's religious faith and practice has the obligation, in the first instance, to understand it.
... and the anti-Mormon saith unto them: I am no anti-Mormon, for there is none — and thus he whispereth in their ears.