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“That’s the kind of thing that the scriptures have condemned” as pertaining to gospel truths, he added.Elder Ballard spoke of criticisms to the effect that the Church has hidden the fact that there is more than one rendition of Joseph Smith’s First Vision. Allen of BYU in 1970 produced an article in the Church magazines explaining all about the different versions of the First Vision.” He added, “We would have to say, as two apostles who have covered the world and know the history of the Church and know the integrity of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve from the beginning, there has been no attempt on the part of the Church leaders to try to hide anything from anybody.” Thanks to the Joseph Smith Papers project, “we’re learning more about the Prophet Joseph; it’s wonderful we are,” Elder Ballard said.LOGAN, UTAH How can I stand up for my standards without offending those who don’t have the same views?How can I differentiate between the Holy Ghost and my own thoughts and feelings?
“It’s well to remember that the scriptures teach us that inspiration comes in the ‘still, small voice.’ It doesn’t come in the urgent impulses of doing what we want to do or reaching out in bias for a confirmation to our personal opinion.” Elder Ballard added, “My counsel would be to be sure your own life is being lived in such a way that you can receive these promptings.
We have to be willing to talk to one another about this issue.
“For members of the Church there are two or three things to remember: One is we make covenants, and then we’re striving in our lifetime to keep those covenants.
“The facts are we don’t study; we don’t go back and search what has been said on the subject. “Just trust us, wherever you are in the world, and you share this message with anyone else who raises the question about the Church not being transparent.
We’re as transparent as we know how to be in telling the truth.