...the most prominent difference in sentiment between the Latter Day Saints and sectarians was, that the latter were all circumscribed by some peculiar creed, which deprived it's members of the privilege of believing anything not contained therein, whereas the Latter Day Saints have no creed, but are ready to believe all true principles that exist, as they are made manifest from time to time. - Joseph Smith (The Journal of Joseph: The Personal Diarc.f. Wy of a Modern Prophet, p. 203)
The Mormon Prophet Brigham Young taught: "I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.
- Brigham Young, (Discourses of Brigham Young, sel. John A. Widtsoe , 135.)
"As I say, it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some of our Church members are" - Harold B. Lee, "Admonitions for the Priesthood of God", Ensign, Jan 1973
Dallin Oaks stated on October 13, 2009 at BYU-Idaho:
“It is important to note that while this aggressive intimidation in connection with the Proposition 8 election was primarily directed at religious persons and symbols, it was not anti-religious as such. These incidents were expressions of outrage against those who disagreed with the gay-rights position and had prevailed in a public contest. As such, these incidents of “violence and intimidation” are not so much anti-religious as anti-democratic. In their effect they are like the well-known and widely condemned voter-intimidation of blacks in the South that produced corrective federal civil-rights legislation.”
Evil speaking of the Lord’s anointed is in a class by itself. It is one thing to depreciate a person who exercises corporate power or even government power. It is quite another thing to criticize or depreciate a person for the performance of an office to which he or she has been called of God. It does not matter that the criticism is true. - Dallin H. Oaks, “Criticism,” Ensign, Feb. 1987 page 68
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