March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Four

Yesterday’s results:

3 – Bruce R. McConkie 20
10 – David O. McKay 9

9 – Word of Wisdom 29
13 – Zionism 0

1 – The Book of Mormon 27
5 – The Lectures on Faith 1

6 – Sacrament Meeting 18
2 – The Missionary Program 10

Only one upset. I am still torn on that one.

Today’s matches (the final ones for this round):

4 – Joseph F. Smith vs. 9 – Gordon B. Hinckley

Which is the more influential force in Mormonism today?
Joseph F. Smith
Gordon B. Hinckley
  

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Filed under Doctrine, Marginalia, Speculation

9 responses to “March Mormon Doctrine Madness: Round Two, Day Four

  1. John C.

    My picks:
    Gordon B. Hinckley
    Saving Ordinances
    The Bible
    Relief Society

  2. The same, except for companionship of the Spirit in place of saving ordinances

  3. Last Lemming

    I voted for Mormon Doctrine over the Bible because I have the sense that when the two conflict, the average member familiar with both will go with Mormon Doctrine. That is probably a minority of members, but a highly influential minority.

    I also voted for CES over Relief Society. If, instead of RS, the alternative had been “women of the church,” I would have voted differently. But I think much of the influence attributed to the Relief Society is independent of the organization itself. The influence of the CES, on the other hand, has haunted me for 30 years.

  4. just Johnna

    Having to choose between saving ordinances and the companionship of the Holy Ghost has turned up the absolute absurdity of this Doctrine Madness game.

    I went with companionship.

  5. Eric Russell

    But even if Mormon Doctrine holds a greater weight in some peoples minds, it doesn’t mean it’s a more influential force overall. 95% of MD is just an outline of already established beliefs. I think the question to ask here is how different would the church be without the given item. From that perspective, I think the answer is pretty obviously the Bible.

  6. Mogget

    Having to choose between saving ordinances and the companionship of the Holy Ghost has turned up the absolute absurdity of this Doctrine Madness game.

    For me, it was no choice at all. I’m answering that one against something very specific in Ephesians, but others must be thinking of something else.

    Myself, I think the plurality is very interesting.

  7. John C.

    Johnna,
    Just wait until you have to choose between the Book of Mormon or Joseph Smith. I never said it wouldn’t be absurd, I just said that it would be worth it.

  8. 95% of MD is just an outline of already established beliefs

    Are you bluffing? Did you really do the math and come up with 95%? If so, how?

  9. Eric Russell

    LOL David J. It’s actually just a strange way of saying “almost all of it.” I suppose its arguably slightly more or less, I actually haven’t read it since my mission. But it just seems that I remember very little that is independent of the teachings of other leaders.