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|Revisionist LDS Visual Aids?|
Apr. 14th, 2008 at 10:13 am
A few weeks ago Proud Daughter of Eve asked for suggestions for leading a discussion of lesson #6 of the Joseph Smith manual.
I was given the opportunity to teach the same lesson last Sunday. I took the advice that I gave PDoE and asked first off about the depiction of the Aaronic Priesthood restoration that appears with this lesson in the manual.
Now I don’t know about you but this isn’t the picture that I was shown in Primary. I went to the ward library and tried to find the old picture but had no luck. Google image search was only slightly helpful. It didn’t get me to the picture I remember, but I did find a statute depicting the event near the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City.
I also found another statue:
This one is located near the site where the priesthood restoration occurred.
Perhaps statues are harder to change than paper…
In any case, why is there confusion over whether the ordination was simultaneous or not? Here’s Joseph Smith Jr.’s record of the event in the Joseph Smith History section of the Pearl of Great Price:
This seems to indicate that there was a simultaneous ordination. Oliver’s recollection of the blessing is very similar:
So how is it that this new depiction of the event, which seems to contradict scripture, has become the standard visual aid used when teaching about the priesthood restoration? Are we uncomfortable with the idea that the method John the Baptist seems to have used is now foreign to LDS sensibilities? Am I just reading these passages incorrectly? Does a small change such as this in how something is depicted matter?