Needed to clarify more misinformation that came up in a discussion about New Zealand and how opinions can turn into doctrines unless they are questioned.
How does this apply to Temple View?
Church employees repeat the dishonest mantra that the Prophet makes all of the decisions in Temple View and they are revelations. He doesn’t. They fail to explain that consultants and church employees in New Zealand, who have been paid millions of dollars, are the authors of the plan(s). The plan(s) is sent to Salt Lake City for approval. This is not revelation its called collaboration.
The Prophet is used as a scapegoat from personal responsibility and accountability.This is how they create fear and avoid answering questions. “You are questioning the prophet of God when you question us.”
Opinions masquerade as doctrine like the idea that polygamy is essential for exaltation. It is not, yet many in the church believe this misinformation. This same fear kept the issue of blacks and the priesthood under cover for too long. It is the same fear that perpetuates the sad and uncharitable ideology of protecting the New Zealand temple from the ills of poverty by building new homes.
Doctrine and Covenants 132:58–66—Plural Marriage
As shown in the verse summary for Doctrine and Covenants 132, verses 58–66 concern “laws governing the plurality of wives.” Through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord commanded the practice of plural marriage in the early days of the Church; in 1890, through President Wilford Woodruff, He ended that practice (Official Declaration 1). Elder Bruce R. McConkie explained:
“Plural marriage is not essential to salvation or exaltation. Nephi and his people were denied the power to have more than one wife and yet they could gain every blessing in eternity that the Lord ever offered to any people. In our day, the Lord summarized by revelation the whole doctrine of exaltation and predicated it upon the marriage of one man to one woman. (D. & C. 132:1–28.) Thereafter he added the principles relative to plurality of wives with the express stipulation that any such marriages would be valid only if authorized by the President of the Church. (D. & C. 132:7, 29–66.)
“All who pretend or assume to engage in plural marriage in this day, when the one holding the keys has withdrawn the power by which they are performed, are guilty of gross wickedness” (Mormon Doctrine,578–79;italics in original).