Elder Ronald L. Poelman giving his 1984 General Conference Sermon
I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I’m blessed to be a fully fledged member. However, the Church is not perfect (whereas the Gospel is), and our leaders can and do get things wrong from time to time, as they’re not infallible. The Elder Poelman 1984 General Conference fiasco is a time when our leaders got it all so wrong.
Many blogs have already been written on this subject (I’ll be posting some of them here), so there is no need to go into any details myself. Elder Ronald L. Poelman’s 1984 Conference talk is perhaps one of the finest ever given, and it’s one of the best talks on how the Gospel works, that has been given since our early Church leaders roamed the earth. But, most Saints have never heard it, why? Because a General Authority got a bee in his bonnet and demanded the talk be given again, this time highly edited, and as soon as the live General Conference finished, Poelman was marched back on stage where they rewrote his talk and made him do it again, even though the audience had already left.
I’m not trying to be antagonistic here, but I believe every member has the right to read/hear the original talk, as it was marvellous, plus I’m a strong believer in finding out the truth in all matters. If read properly, Poelman doesn’t say anything negative about the Church, he simply explains how the Gospel of Christ works. I sustain the current leaders of the Church, and it doesn’t matter to me that our past leaders have made mistakes, as that doesn’t affect how our current leaders govern the Church.
I bare testimony that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the truth, and that we are indeed lead by a loving living Prophet today, President Nelson, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only Church on the face of the earth that holds the Priesthood keys and power. Even though leaders get things wrong from time to time, I know that the Lord will never let his Church fall into apostasy again.
Here is the edited version:
Here is a good write up on the fiasco:
And another good article, explaining in more detail the situation:
Here is what FairMormon have to say on the situation, one which sadly I don’t buy at all: