One of the hallmark doctrines in Mormon theology is belief in the reality of direct and continuing revelation from God to his prophets. Whenever there has been an established “kingdom of God” on earth, we are taught to “follow the prophet” who is God’s mouthpiece. As LDS doctrines do change over time, how do we process changes policy/revelation that are tantamount to reversals? We are asked to manage our belief systems at a seemingly increasing rate. We will discuss timelines regarding significant doctrinal changes from the past, i.e., polygamy, race and priesthood, LGBT issues, as well as current changes and discuss options for a broad understanding based on historical context, and social psychology.
Wendy Perry, Richie Wilcox