30 years ago today - Oct 8, 1991-Tuesday

[Leonard Arrington]

The one talk that marred the tone of the conference for me was Elder Packer's talk ["Reverence Invites Revelation"] asserting that studying doctrine without the spirit is dangerous. Intellectual study of Mormon doctrine without the spiritual component is wrong, he said, thus indirectly criticizing symposiums and study groups which, he said, concentrate on doctrine and ordinances and measure them by the intellect alone. This statement is false, in my experience, since no symposium, especially Sunstone Symposium, studies by the intellect alone to the exclusion of personal testimony and "the spirit." My talks alone are proof of that.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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