Continued Revelations

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God, and the Messiah’s Second coming. -Ninth Article of Faith

God continues to speak to man today. In the Latter Day Saint movement this means a number of things. First, it means all may receive personal revelations. It is through revelation that we know of the reality of Christ (Galatians 1:12). Second, it means that the majority of Latter Day Saint denominations are led by prophets and/or apostles.

Latter-day Saints

The largest denomination in the movement is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was organized in 1851, led by a group of apostles that took a large number of the saints west. To this group, revelation comes from the top 15 apostles. When they vote, the results of their votes is seen as a revelation. They vote twice; the first time to find the majority, the second time so that the full quorum may vote as one in that majority.

The twelve traveling councilors are called to be the Twelve Apostles, or special witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world—thus differing from other officers in the church in the duties of their calling. And they form a quorum, equal in authority and power to the three presidents previously mentioned. CoC Dac 104:11c-d, LDS DaC 107:23-24

Seeing that they do not have the keys of the First Presidency, they do not receive direct revelation as Joseph Smith Jr. did, and do not add to the Doctrine and Covenants regularly as he did for the original church. They are sustained by their denomination as prophets, seers, and revelators. They do not have the keys of the President of the original Church, as seers, revelators, translators, and prophets, as Joseph Smith Jr. did (LDS DaC 107:92)

Community of Christ

The second largest denomination in the Latter Day Saint movement, Community of Christ holds the keys of the First Presidency passed down from Sidney Rigdon. Rigdon was the only surviving member of the First Presidency of the original church. Because of this, Community of Christ has been able to add to the Doctrine and Covenants even to this day.

The Fellowship

The Church of Jesus Christ in Christian Fellowship does not have a Doctrine and Covenants if it’s own. Portions of the Doctrine and Covenants can be found in the Book of Avahr.

For the time being, both the Latter-day Saint and Community of Christ Doctrine and Covenants are used in the Fellowship. We refer to these records for revelations and sustained documents from April 6, 1830 on. We do not see the Latter-day Saint’s Official Declarations as canon as both refer to policies never practiced in the Fellowship, namely excluding “blacks” from the priesthood, and teaching polygamy as a saving ordinance.

Further, the Fellowship continues the tradition of revelation through the prophet David, and by sharing revelations from others within the greater Latter Day Saint Movement. The Fellowship exists because of revelation. It is through revelation that the Book of Avahr was created. The Book of David, containing his story and various revelations, is not binding upon the Fellowship or any other Latter Day Saint denomination. It exists as an example of the fact that everyone that has been Born Again has gifts of the Spirit and should seek for revelation and inspiration from the Lord.

“I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians 12:1b

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