INACCURACY NUMBER ONE
Card cites a 1931 First Presidency statement on evolution:
"Here is the statement of the First Presidency from 1931, partly in response to years of controversy that had divided the brethren in sometimes-public debate:
" ' Upon the fundamental doctrines of the Church we are all agreed. Our mission is to bear the message of the restored gospel to the world. Leave geology, biology, archaeology, and anthropology, no one of which has to do with the salvation of the souls of mankind, to scientific research, while we magnify our calling in the realm of the Church.'
"This statement was repeated in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism entry on evolution."
This 1931 passage is not from any published First Presidency statement, past or present. It has never been printed in any official Church magazine or lesson manual. It comes from an internal memo that was not about evolution and not the result of any debate about evolution.
The memo was addressed to LDS general authorities. It summarizes the lengthy evaluation of a priesthood manual submitted in 1928 by Elder B. H. Roberts, a Seventy. After two and a half years, the 1931 memo announces the Church's decision to reject the manual.
William E. Evenson, who wrote the Encyclopedia of Mormonism entry on evolution, has since admitted publicly that the opinions of Roberts were "not those of an evolutionist" and the discussions "were not centered on the scientific theories of origins of life forms." (William E. Evenson, "Science: The Universe, Creation, and Evolution," in B. H. Roberts, The Truth, The Way, The Life [2nd edition, Provo: BYU Studies, 1996], p.645.)
Evenson further acknowledges that the Roberts book "addresses three forms of evolutionary theory [and] finds all three ... to be inadequate." (Ibid.) Evenson concedes that Roberts "rejects all [1930s evolutionary] theories as he understands them [and] puts forward his own theory" to reconcile the scriptures with the fossil record. (Ibid.)
In an effort to bolster his own theory about fossil evidence for death before Adam's fall, Roberts marshaled the latest conclusions of geology, biology, archaeology, and anthropology. The decision of the 1931 First Presidency was that neither the Roberts theory nor the theories of science belonged in a priesthood manual.
If the 1931 quotation has any meaning for our day, it is that we as Church members should not try to make the gospel fit scientific theories. Either way, there simply was no 1931 First Presidency statement on evolution.
INACCURACY NUMBER TWO
It is very misleading in terms of what the LDS Church currently teaches for Card to say that:
"There have been prophets, seers and revelators who accepted the notion of geological time."
Only for a few years during the first half of the last century did two (of 97) apostles openly question the long-standing LDS belief in a paradisiacal Creation with no death before Adam's fall.
Today, there is consensus among the First Presidency and Twelve regarding the Creation as evidenced by what they say in current official magazine and LDS.org articles and in what they have approved as Church teachings in seminary, institute, and ward lesson manuals, as well as in the Bible Dictionary and Guide to the Scriptures.
INACCURACY NUMBER THREE
The most egregious error in the article is Card's claim that:
"There have been prophets, seers and revelators who accepted ... the use of natural processes in creating human beings."
That statement is utterly false.
Let me ask a simple question (open to all LDS evolutionists): Where and when has the LDS Church published a single apostolic statement endorsing the idea that organic evolution explains the origin of man?