Doctrine and Covenants Lesson #42
Today’s articles address the source of authority of Church Presidents and Apostles.
This article tells about the process that President Kimball went through as he sought revelation regarding changing the policy of blacks banned from priesthood and temple. Black Africans' interest in Church membership, the Civil Rights movement, Church members’ changing perceptions, and spiritual manifestations all contributed to the landmark decision.
The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard outlined the source of an apostle's authority and compared it to a wise man, a genius. A genius is born, while an apostle is called. An apostle is not necessarily more intelligent or accomplished than others; he may be a simple man. A genius may speak words that are ahead of his time, but an apostle's words will always stand because he speaks with authority.
This article shows that the context of world events has a role in prophetic visions.