In a recent Tweet, President Russell Nelson made the following statement:
“If you think the Church is fully restored, you’re just seeing the beginning. There’s much more to come. Wait until next year, and then the next. Eat your vitamins, get your rest. It’s going to be exciting!”
That statement has great shock value and is obviously intended to create a sense of excitement among latter day saints.
From a marketing standpoint, it is ingenious.
The problem with it is that it blatantly contradicts what Joseph Smith and virtually all of the Presidents of the Church have declared.
A Christian antagonist of the LDS restoration recently did a youtube about President Nelsons Tweet and created the following graphic to show many of the pasts statements from Presidents of the Church that it contradicts
One might wonder how the President of the Church could have so blatantly contradicted Joseph Smith and so many other Presidents of the modern Church.
There are two possibilities.
One is that President Nelson isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to Church history and doctrine and he should have consulted people in the Church Education Department before making the Tweet.
The second possibility is that Nelson did not actually originate that statement.
It may have been the marketing and Public Relations Department of the church, who are also ignorant about church history and doctrine. If so, again, they also should have run their marketing campaign past LDS scholars to get some feedback.
According to the blogger/youtuber, this is a desperate attempt by the Church to retain those that are having a faith crisis and doubting that the leaders of the Church actually are currently receiving direct revelation from God.