A-U-T-H-O-R-I-T-Y! Find out what it means to Oaks!

Wheat & Tares welcomes guest poster Bill Reel once more for a discussion about E. Oaks’ recent talk on Priesthood authority.

Mormon Discussion Podcast takes a closer look at Elder Oaks April 2014 Conference talk and suggests there may be more given by Elder Oaks than some first thought

In the April 2014 conference Elder Oaks addressed the brethren and sisters in the Priesthood session and seem to be talking directly to the “Ordain Women” group.  Many took his address to be a little Snarky and to be using his authority to put them in their place.

I think there is more to this talk than many first acknowledged.  As a whole there is way more to celebrate than to be upset over in my opinion.  Elder Oaks make great effort to acknowledge that we have likely not defined Priesthood correctly within our culture and did much to move the conversation forward.

Does Elder Oaks acknowledging of one exception leave room for future other exceptions?

Does this talk open the discussion to talk about how sister performed ordinances in early Church history?

Are callings like Elder’s Quorum president and Deacon’s Quroum President as much an appendage to the Priesthood as Relief Society President and Primary President?

If sisters operate under Priesthood Power and Authority, is it possible that other people outside our faith operate with Priesthood power and Authority?

Speaking of this last question and talking about appendages and auxillaries in the Church consider this quote by former apostle and member of the First Presidency

“Perhaps the Lord needs such men on the outside of His Church to help it along,” said the late Elder Orson F. Whitney of the Quorum of the Twelve. “They are among its auxiliaries, and can do more good for the cause where the Lord has placed them, than anywhere else…. Hence, some are drawn into the fold and receive a testimony of the truth; while others remain unconverted … the beauties and glories of the gospel being veiled temporarily from their view, for a wise purpose. The Lord will open their eyes in His own due time. God is using more than one people for the accomplishment of His great and marvelous work. The Latter-day Saints cannot do it all. It is too vast, too arduous for any one people…. We have no quarrel with the Gentiles. They are our partners in a certain sense” (Conference Report, April 1928, p.59). (“Civic Standards For the Faithful Saints,” Ensign, July 1972, p.59)

The podcast episode is found here

Bill Reel is the host of Mormon Discussion Podcast.  The podcast tries to deal with the tough issues forthrightly while “leading with faith”.