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When is a prophet a prophet?

Often critics of the Church will bring up something that a prophet or apostle has done that was wrong (in their opinion) and ask how a man of God could do something like that. Defenders of the Church often then reply with this quote from Joseph Smith:

“a prophet [is] a prophet only when he [is] acting as such”

History of the Church 5:265

I definitely understand the concept, but I have to admit that seems kind of like a cop-out. It kind of gives the impression that a prophet can be a prophet, and then decide to be mean, and just say that he wasn’t being a prophet while he was being mean.

I heard a quote mentioned on a recent FairMormon podcast that I think gives┬ámore clarity on this topic. The quote was, “when God makes the prophet, he does not unmake the man.”

The full quote is from David O McKay, and is as follows:

Someone has said that when God makes the prophet, he does not unmake the man. I believe that, though being “born anew,” and being entitled to new life, new vigor, new blessings, yet the old weaknesses may still remain. The adversary stands by, ever eager and ready to attack and strike us at our weakest point.

David O. McKay, “The Divine Church“, Conference Report, April 1962, pp. 5-9

For additional thoughts on this, check out this By Common Consent post from a couple of years ago

What Church RSS feeds to I follow?

I’m a computer guy by profession. I generally feel that you can never have too much information. I love the Church, so if you mix those things together, I feel that I just can’t get enough information about the Church, or what is going on with the Church. I don’t subscribe to every blog out there, as some of them are just not my style. Here is a list of the ones that I do follow:

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There are some here that are not active anymore, and I need to clean those up. As I mentioned before, NothingWavering.org has allowed me to eliminate individual blogs. That site provides a feed that collects the feeds from many other sites (including this one).

You’ll see that I have several Google Alerts as well. It’s interesting to read about the Church in the news in various parts of the world. I’m also a fan/student of Church history, so I like to follow a couple of phrases that might have some shared information with our “cousins”.

If you are interested, you can download an OPML file of these feeds here.

You can also find individual links here (remember, some of the links are old):