𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚕𝚒𝚟𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚛𝚘𝚙𝚑𝚎𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝙶𝚘𝚍’𝚜 𝚖𝚘𝚞𝚝𝚑𝚙𝚒𝚎𝚌𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝙷𝚒𝚜 𝙲𝚑𝚞𝚛𝚌𝚑.
Imagine what it would be like if anyone could receive commandments and revelation for the entire Church.
When Hiram Page claimed to have received such revelation, there was confusion among Church members.
In Doctrine and Covenants 28, the Lord revealed an order for revelation in His Church. What do you learn from this section about the specific role of the President of the Church?
President Joseph F. Smith and his counselors in the First Presidency taught:
“When visions, dreams, tongues, prophecy, impressions or any extraordinary gift or inspiration, convey something out of harmony with the accepted revelations of the Church or contrary to the decisions of its constituted authorities, Latter-day Saints may know that it is not of God, no matter how plausible it may appear. … In secular as well as spiritual affairs, Saints may receive Divine guidance and revelation affecting themselves, but this does not convey authority to direct others. …
“The history of the Church records many pretended revelations claimed by imposters or zealots who believed in the manifestations they sought to lead other persons to accept, and in every instance, disappointment, sorrow and disaster have resulted therefrom” (Joseph F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, Charles W. Penrose, “A Warning Voice,” Improvement Era,Sept. 1913, 1148–49).