Seeing that the Lord has never given the world to understand by anything heretofore revealed that he has ceased forever to speak to his creatures when sought unto in a proper manner, why should it be thought a thing incredible that he should be pleased to speak again in these last days for their salvation? Perhaps you may be surprised at this assertion that I should say ‘for the salvation of his creatures in these last days’ since we have already in our possession a vast volume of his word [the Bible] which he has previously given. But you will admit that the word spoken to Noah was not sufficient for Abraham…Isaac, the promised seed, was not required to rest his hope upon the promises made to his father Abraham, but was privileged with the assurance of [God’s] approbation in the sight of heaven by the direct voice of the Lord to him…I have no doubt but that the holy prophets and apostles in the ancient days were saved in the kingdom of God…I may believe that Enoch walked with God. I may believe that Abraham communed with God and conversed with angels…And have I not an equal privilege with the ancient saints? And will not the Lord hear my prayers, and listen to my cries as soon [as] he ever did to theirs, if I come to him in the manner they did? Or is he a respecter of persons? — Joseph Smith Jr, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, rev. ed.. ed. Dean C. Jessee, p. 321-324, spelling and puncnuation corrected
“The mysteries are not magic or occultism, but any knowledge that men cannot obtain by their own efforts, knowledge to be had only by revelation. The whole Book of Mormon is such a mystery. There you will find clear, concrete definitions of such daunting words as faith, heaven, hell, creation, atonement, resurrection, redemption, preexistence, hereafter. — Hugh Nibley, “The Book of Mormon: Forty Years After,” CWHN 8:547
“There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore they must die in their ignorance, and in the resurrection they will find their mistake. Many seal up the door of heaven by saying, So far God may reveal and I will believe.” — Joseph Smith (D.H.C., Vol. V, p. 424)
“Peter…had the certain knowledge that Jesus Christ was the Son of God. Did he get that knowledge from Jesus, his master and teacher? No, he did not.”
Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 16:17)
“Here was Peter taking direct instruction from the mouth of the Lord himself, in the flesh; yet it was not from him but from his Father that Peter got the testimony of Christ.” — Hugh Nibley, The World and the Prophets, p. 23
…the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)
That, of course, is the grand secret, the great key: no man ever receives true religion and the pure gospel except by revelation. — Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 142
“Tertullian likens the philosophers to men stumbling and groping about in the dark. Once in a while, he says, they do ’stumble on the truth by a happy accident,’ but it is inexcusable for a Christian to follow such blind and unreliable guides since he has something far better — a revelation from Heaven.” — Hugh Nibley, The World and the Prophets, p. 9, Tertullian, De Anima, c. 2.
It is interesting to note an observation made by a man centuries old regarding rhetoric. Clement states:
“I frequented the schools of the philosophers, where, however, I heard nothing but dogmatic assertions and equally dogmatic refutations endlessly put forth — formal disputations, artfully constructed syllogisms, and subtle conclusions … Neither side ever brought forth proof that really convinced me inside, because the statements and definitions of things passed as true or false not from the actual nature of things or the real truth, but always according to the skill and cleverness of the people putting them forth.” (Clementine Recognitions, I, 3, in Patrol. Graec I, 1208)
Beware the Korihors, for they are many.
“Who was Abraham trying to become like? God. The ultimate end of the covenant is to become perfect, like God. The Hebrew word for that is THUMMIM. That means ‘perfection’ in the whole and complete sense and not the LDS cultural sense, where you bake all your bread, paint your house, have all your kids clean and dressed and studying the scriptures every morning at 5:30. It is the perfection of God in uprightness and dependability, and integrity. The name of the Urim and Thummim is ‘lights’ and ‘perfections.’”
“What color are they? White. White stones shining in a dark place teaching uprightness and perfection. They are a type of Christ, to reveal the name of God. They teach you to become like him. So how did the Book of Mormon get to us? Through the Urim and Thummim, a light in darkness. Recall also that the Book of Mormon came through the veil. Where did Joseph sit, and where was Oliver? Joseph was on one side of the veil, and Oliver on the other. It came by Urim and Thummim, through the veil! It ended up on this side of the veil, with Oliver writing it. It is typological, isn’t it? Right now, the Lord is hidden, and cannot be seen. But at the Second Coming, the veil is lifted and all will see. So the Urim and Thummim are on one side, because they represent Him, and the word coming through the veil to Oliver, and we get the Book of Mormon. All this is done through the wisdom of God who does all things from the beginning to typify Christ. It may seem a strange thing to have a translation that way, but the whole thing is strange, from beginning to end. That is scriptural.”– Robert J. Norman