Saturday, July 2, 2011
Church history nugget
Many people don't realize that, due to a secretarial typo, when Joseph Fielding Smith became president of the church he was originally sustained as a "prophet, seer, and relevator." Never one to question the wisdom of a calling, he made it a point to try to make things relevant--the most notable example being his famous "Multidimensional Calculus and the Eternal Law of Tithing" talk from the April, 1970 conference. That sermon attempted to make what was previously an obscure area of knowledge to most saints a bit more relevant. After the October conference of that year, when he was re-sustained with the more traditional "prophet, seer, and revelator" title, he focused much more on mainstream topics.