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date: 31 March 2020

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While a radical openness to ongoing revelation has distinguished Mormonism from the most prominent strains of Christianity, the result for Latter-day Saint faith and practice has been profoundly complex. The sources of revelation (primarily canonized scripture, personal inspiration, and prophetic leadership) recurrently sit in tension with each other, and Latter-day Saints—with varying levels of self-consciousness—have had to determine how to adjudicate their claims and reconcile their messages. This doctrine of continuing and multisource revelation has informed a distinctive LDS approach to canon and authority. Conspicuous revelatory changes over time on matters such as race or polygamy, and less conspicuous changes on such matters as birth control, have added yet another layer of intricacy to the portrait of Mormon belief. There may be reason to believe, however, that the array of revelatory elements that crowd within the Mormon frame have been productive of their own particular kind of coherence.

Keywords: revelation, scripture, personal inspiration, prophetic leadership, canon, authority, race, polygamy, faith, practice

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