In 1886 LDS Prophet and Church President John Taylor documented a Revelation whereby Jesus Christ himself informed Taylor that Polygamy (The New and Everlasting Covenant) can and will NEVER be done away. Only to have the Church later disavow and distance themselves from Polygamy. On this Episode Bill Reel and RFM will help us understand the context of the 1886 Revelation/Vision, How the Church avoided dealing with Taylor’s Documented Revelation, How Apologists deal with it today, and lastly what it demonstrates about the integrity and honesty of the Church and its leaders around this event.
https://rsc.byu.edu/champion-liberty-john-taylor/john-revelator-written-revelations-john-taylor (Notice which is missing)
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“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.” – Elder M Russell Ballard in attendance w/ Elder Oaks – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj2VWhuW50w
During the trial of John W. Taylor (apostle and son of Deceased Church President John Taylor), there was much discussion about the 1886 unpublished revelation of LDS Church President John Taylor (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Revelation)
During that Trial 5 men were present and also were alive and involved in the 1933 statement further below. Heber J Grant who would be Church president in 1933, A.W. Ivins who was in the First Presidency in 1933, George Albert Smith who would be a future Church President, David O McKay also a future Church President, and Joseph Fielding Smith who is a new apostle in 1911 and is an apostle and Church Historian in 1933 and a future Church President.
In the 1911 trial of John W Taylor (https://mormondiscussionpodcast.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2020/09/John-W.-Taylor-Trial.pdf), there is a lengthy discussion over multiple days involving the 1886 unpublished revelation. Where these 5 men among the rest of the Q12 are deeply analyzing the 1886 revelation as well as discussing the whereabouts of the copies and original of this revelation. Here are the pertinent parts of the discussion
A. W. Ivins: *Do you know how extensively this revelation has been circulated in times past and has guided people in their actions in this regard?*J. W. Taylor: Brother Joseph Robinson came to me and asked for a copy of it upon the suggestion of Brother Cowley and he got it from Brother Badger. Brother Joseph F. Smith Jr., also got a copy***, but I don’t know how many have got copies from these.***
J. F. Smith Jr (Joseph Fielding Smith).: It is true I obtained a copy of this revelation from Brother Rodney Badger. He let me take the original and I made a copy and filed it in the Historian’s Office, this was but a short time ago
The Church between 1886 and 1933 was dealing extensively with the Wooley’s and other Fundamentalists groups and leaders who constantly used the 1886 revelation as the basis for their authorization in continuing polygamy. When you understand the history it becomes clear that the Church absolutely authorized others to continue the principle at their own risk but under the direction of the LDS Church and now they were dealing with the monster they had created as they changed their mind on polygamy half way through. So on June 17 1933 the Church released the following First Presidency Statement which is a flat out lie and coverup.
“Official Statement” JUNE 17, 1933 from the First Presidency of the LDS Church, signed by Heber J. Grant, A.W. Ivins and J. Reuben Clark, Jr., it states:
“It is alleged that on September 26–27, 1886, President John Taylor received a revelation from the Lord, the purported text is given in publications circulated apparently by or at the instance of this organization (Fundamentalists). As to this pretended revelation it should be said that the archives of the Church contain no such a revelation*;* the archives contain no record of any such a revelation*,* nor any evidence justifying a belief that any such a revelation was ever given. From the personal knowledge of some of us, from the uniform and common recollection of the presiding quorums of the Church*,* from the absence in the Church archives of any evidence whatsoever justifying any belief that such a revelation was given, we are justified in affirming that no such a revelation exists.” (footnote 2 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1886_Revelation)
And once again we have Joseph Fielding Smith (a future Church President) as the man who stored away a document that ended up being withheld from the public, and four other men who lied with him including 3 other Church Presidents.
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What an amazing episode! My goodness how the mormon church works to cover its own tracks!