Cody Calderwood Mike Barker Paul Barker

Cody - was born and raised in Utah. He received his bachelors of science from BYU and later his DDS from the University of Maryland. He is a dentist in Park City, Utah and is busy saving the world one tooth at a time. He and his wife Lisa have four wild and crazy kids. He served his LDS Mission in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. He has served in various capacities in his ward as scout master, ward mission leader, gospel doctrine teacher, and now in the elders quorum presidency. Paul - Born and raised in Northern California, Paul received his education at Ricks College and BYU with a BA in Spanish, minor in PE Coaching. Paul served his LDS mission during the years 94-96 in Rosario, Argentina. He now runs his own businesses from home in Utah County. He's married and has 3 boys. He is currently the ward cub master. Michael - was born and raised in Northern California. He received his education from Ricks College, Portland State University, and Oregon Health and Sciences University. He presently lives in Southern Oregon with his wife and two daughters working as a Physician Assistant in Orthopedic Surgery. He served his LDS Mission in Dallas Texas, Spanish Speaking. He is presently the Young Mens President in his ward.

The Cost of Revelation

This post is a little different than others we have done in the past.  It has three parts written by three different authors.  At first glance the three essays seem to have nothing to do with each other.   For that reason, we thought a brief introduction would be helpful.     There is a central theme to this blog post, and one should see the central theme as the hub of a bicycle wheel and the three essays as spokes.   The central issue is the change in missionary age for full-time LDS missionaries.   The three essayists will approach this change from three different perspectives: Michael Barker will examine how the words revelation, doctrine, and scripture are used in the common parlance of LDS culture.   He will then complicate the definitions and ultimately will request a more sophisticated and nuanced use of these three words.  Cody Calderwood will give a history of the LDS-owned school in Mexico, El Benemerito De Las Americas, as it will be closing to help accommodate the influx of new missionaries due to the lowering of the missionary age. Paul Barker will critically look at the closing of El Benemerito and will implicitly ask, “At what cost does revelation come?” The Equivication and Conflation of Revelation By Mike Barker My youngest brother sent me a text-message during one of his Sunday church meetings last week.  It was from our going back and forth, that this post was born.   Here is how the texting went: Little Brother: Guy in Elders Quorom just called the missinoary age change a revelation.  I died a little inside. Me:  What’s your definition of revelation? Little brother:  His definition [the man in his Priesthood Quorum] – not sure….Under my definition, it falls under policy change.  Revelation is needed to change doctrine.  Common sense mostly changes policy. Me: Was the change in the “negro” policy revelation? Little brother: That one’s up in the air for me.   It falls under both policy and revelation just because it was so...

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