Sunday, February 23, 2014

Our LDS blogs are all "Alternate Voices"

At the age of 29, Dallin H. Oaks was hired as professor of law at the University of Chicago, a position he held for 10 years. At age 36, he joined the editorial board of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, a position he held for two years.

Later, he was president of BYU for nine years before being appointed to the Utah Supreme Court. At the age of 51, he was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

In his April 1989 general conference address, he noted some of the differences between (a) those who "have been called and given divine authority" to teach about the Church and its doctrine, and (b) those who "speak on these subjects without calling or authority." I believe his own previous experience at Dialogue provided a valuable backdrop for this talk about "Alternate Voices."

This talk is as relevant today as it was 25 years ago, perhaps more so. Therefore, I invite you to read it again. Click this link or simply scroll through the talk inside the window below:



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would that include your blog, your voice?

2/26/2014 03:28:00 PM  
Blogger R. Gary said...

Please refer to the post title. One uses the word "our" to refer to something belonging to one's self and others.

2/26/2014 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep. We all are alternate voices. Some are good. Some are great. Some are mediocre. Some are bad. Some are evil. We all understand that.

What is your point, exactly?

3/01/2014 06:55:00 PM  
Blogger R. Gary said...

Your question should be directed to Dallin Oaks. What is his point, exactly? And I think his point is clearly stated in his talk. Did you read it?

3/01/2014 08:55:00 PM  
Anonymous ji said...

I hope that I can always be one who builds up (rather than tears down), one who supports and strengthens and uplifts and edifies and so forth. That's what the Lord wants from us.

3/02/2014 04:17:00 PM  

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