I have found it interesting, and I must also admit frustrating, to hear the different values different Mormons place on the words of the living prophets. More and more when I quote one of their sayings, some Mormons respond by saying that they don’t accept all their words as true – that they are only human and thus also make mistakes. Other Mormons respond more traditionally and place quite a high value on them.
But there is really no question how the LDS Church values its living prophets. The Church manuals consistently hold them up as authoritative and trustworthy sources. Those manuals even label their words as scripture. Take, for example, the following quote from the teacher’s manual for the course “Preparing for Exaltation” – the course being taught this year to 12 and 13 year olds. It says, “Explain that the scriptures (including the teachings of latter-day prophets, which are considered scripture) contain the word of God to his people.” (p. 87)
Who then is more fairly representing official Mormonism? Those Mormons who downplay the words of their own living prophets or Christians who use them to show what Mormonism truly teaches? After all, Mormonism itself says that their words are scripture.