Scholarly providential research
Webster’s 1828 Dictionary defines forum as:
- In Rome, a public place, where causes were judicially tried, and orations delivered to the people . . . .
- A tribunal; a court; any assembly empowered to hear and decide causes; also, jurisdiction.
Modern definitions of forum focus on open discussion of public opinion without finality, empowerment and absolute truth. In stark contrast Joseph Smith Forum focuses on the traditional definition. We believe that discussion should occur, but with standards by which truth can be discovered and then personal actions conformed. The modern world is ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth because it has rejected revelation, the only source of absolute truth.
Joseph Smith Forum, a division of Joseph Smith Foundation, is dedicated to finding solutions to the problems of our troubled world through the word of God as revealed in scripture and through the words of latter-day prophets. Our motto is: Organizing the writings and doctrine of Joseph Smith and his successors in such a way as to enable the perplexing questions of our day to be answered. The focus is on the very best of the very best resources available. The research is presented in the areas below:
Underlying all Joseph Smith Foundation projects is a reliance upon the foundation of the revelations of God. All of the revelations, unmodified and unapologetically, should be carefully studied and applied to our lives. Note this counsel by President Heber C. Kimball:
The revelations which Joseph Smith has given to this people were given to him by Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world; and this people cannot be blessed if they lightly esteem any of them, but they will lose the Spirit, and sorrow and vexation will come into their families. The Lord designs that we shall be separate and distinct from every other people, and wishes to make us His peculiar people, and to raise up for himself a pure seed who will keep His law and walk in His statutes. (Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 11: 211.)
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