The revealed will of Jesus Christ to each Church is manifested below.
Doctrine and Covenants (Community of Christ)1:7 Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled. 1:8a What I, the Lord, have spoken I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; 1:8b and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same; 1:8c for behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth for ever and ever. Amen
Doctrine and Covenants LDS Search these commandments, for they are true and faithful, and the prophecies and promises which are in them shall all be fulfilled. What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my wordshall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine ownvoice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. For behold, and lo, the Lord is God, and the Spirit beareth record, and the record is true, and the truth abideth forever and ever. Amen.
The Community of Christ (formerly the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) makes this formal declaration on their web site:
Community of Christ History
If any of you is lacking in wisdom, ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and it will be given you. But ask in faith, never doubting…” – James 1:5-6(Grove site near the Smith home)In the early 1800s, a young boy named Joseph Smith knelt in the woods near his family home in Manchester Township, New York. He felt separated from God; he also wanted to know how he could make his life count for good in a world full of confusion and sin. He wanted to join with God’s people, but he had no idea how to do that. So, in response to the scripture from James, he prayed to God.How long this first attempt at verbal prayer lasted is not known, but he came to a point of deep despair. At this point, a vision surrounded him with love and mercy. From that light came a voice as clear as his own. As the vision ebbed and the voice faded, Joseph felt that he knew the truth. He felt the healing presence of God within and the forgiving mercy of Christ. He knew that God would be with him.He struggled through his teen years, trying to balance his experience with God with his desire to be accepted by others in his community. He continued to have significant spiritual experiences, one of which led to the Book of Mormon. He also felt called to establish a church, officially organizing it on April 6, 1830.
Primary Church Authorities Both Churches
– based on Priesthood
Current members of the Community of Christ First Presidency are:
The current members of the Council and the Mission Fields and other assignments they oversee, are as follows:
- President Stephen M. Veazey, President of the Church
- President (sister) Becky L. Savage (Counselor to the president)
- President K. Scott Murphy (Counselor to the president)
- (sister) Linda L. Booth — President, Council of Twelve, Southern USA Mission Field; Church Planting Ministries, Contemporary Christian Ministries (1998)
- Ronald D. Harmon Jr. — Secretary, Council of Twelve (2005)
- (sister) Mareva Arnaud Tchong — Pacific Mission Field (January 3, 2013)
- (sister) Barbara L. Carter — North East USA Mission Field, SPECTACULAR, International Youth Forum(January 3, 2013)
- Bunda C. Chibwe — Africa and Haiti Mission Field (2000)
- (sister) Stassi D. Cramm — North Central USA/Canada Mission Field(2005)
- Richard C.N. James – Eurasia Mission Field (2013)
- Rick W. Maupin — Caribbean, Mexico and South Central USA Mission Field; Hispanic Ministries (2005)
- Carlos Enrique Mejia — Central and South America Mission Field (2007)
- (sister) Susan D. Oxley – Canada and Australia Mission Field (2005)
- Arthur E. Smith – South Central USA Mission Field (January 3, 2013)
First Counselor to the Prophet is a woman
- President of the Council of Twelve Apostles is a woman
- Five members of the Council of Twelve Apostles are women
First Counselor to the Prophet is a woman
According to the Salt Lake LDS Church
Salt Lake City, Utah
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
Presidency of the Seventy
First Quorum of the Seventy
Second Quorum of the Seventy
You decide … while you’re deciding, let me ask this question. When a male in the Salt Lake Church is penalized/disfellowshipped/excommunicated, he is no longer allowed to administer priesthood ordinances, no longer able to name, baptize, conform or ordain his own children – something his wife already is unable to do.
As has been asked elsewhere, how is it that in order to punish a man for transgression, the Church removes his priesthood rights and takes away fatherly privileges … which leaves him in the identical situation with restricted rights and privileges of faithful female members who are not being “penalized”?
And we have been asked to go along with this as if it were the actual will of God (who is no respecter of persons) …
Sure it is …