A god who did not perfectly know his prophets—and indeed all his spirit children—might have selected a prominent nineteenth-century clergyman to receive the first vision, only to find later that the clergyman was bent on taming the truths he thus learned. In order to make these truths more acceptable to his fellow clergymen, such an individual might have excised such words as "none" and "all" from the message of that theophany in the grove in which the Lord described churches at the time of the restoration. (Joseph Smith—History 1:19.) The carefully and divinely selected receiver of that marvelous manifestation, Joseph Smith, had to suffer and die for repeating those divinely declared words. God's martyrs are not permitted great concern over public relations, for truth is a relentless taskmaster.
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Today's Maxwell Quote
From All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience (1980), 16: