Why would you bring up specifically this book? All of the sunday school
manuals are correlated, therefore all could pass the same test you offer -
could they not?

As an aside of a general comment and observation.  I had a discussion with a
friend who was not only on the committe that writes and reviews the manuals
and his comment was that there was a bit of false, or at least questionalbe,
tradition present in some of the manuals - take it for what it is worth.

The more important questions would be - in the sunday school classes of the
church is there any false doctrine taught using the manuals as the basis for
the discussion.  To that I would reply with a unqualified and strong YES
there is false doctrine taught in the sunday schools of the church - even
with good manuals.

Now if you have a specific question about a specific book then I will be
happy to discuss it.  But I have not the time right now to review this book.
Is there something specific you would challenge?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "John W. Redelfs" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2003 8:09 PM
Subject: [ZION] A Question for George

> The book GOSPEL PRINCIPLES is the correlated manual for the Gospel
> Essentials Sunday School class.  Primarily, it elaborates upon and
> reinforces those things that new investigators were taught as "official
> Church doctrine" by our missionaries.  I have a question for George:
> George, do you think there is any false doctrine in GOSPEL PRINCIPLES?  If
> you do, I'd like to discuss the teachings that you disagree with.  I
> personally believe every word in that book.  It is fundamental, basic,
> foundational Mormon doctrine.  Furthermore, it is "official."  What do I
> mean by official?  I mean it has passed the test of correlation by a
> committee that includes men I sustain every six months as "prophets, seers
> and revelators."  I don't believe there is anything in that book that all
> 15 of our prophets fail to agree on.  And while the General Conference of
> the Church has not voted upon GOSPEL PRINCIPLES, it has sustained 15
> "prophets, seers and revelators" every six months.
> I believe it is a false statement that there is very little "official
> Church doctrine."  The problem in this Church isn't that there is so
> official doctrine, but that so few members know it very well, and so many
> of them believe a lot of other foolishness.
> Well, good doctrine drives out bad, and vice versa.  We are not free to
> just believe whatever we want.  Whatever we believe has to be in harmony
> with true, ie. correct doctrine.
> John W. Redelfs                       [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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> "The study of the doctrines of the Gospel will improve
> behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve
> behavior."  --Boyd K. Packer
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> All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR
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