Dueling Authorities: Thoughts on Contradictory Statements from General Authorities

Today the Church places great emphasis on the idea that the doctrines and teachings of its leaders are consistent with scripture and revealed principles. But a study of General Conference discourses (the established forum for declaring doctrine) and other authoritative pronouncements shows many contradictions between the teachings of the leaders themselves. What can be learned from these disagreements and about the leaders who spoke them? Can any patterns be found that place these differences into context?

Brian H. Stuy, J. Frederick