In today’s conversation we’ll talk to BYU Church History Professor Dr. Richard Bennett. We’ll talk about the vision of Elijah. Did you know it took 40 years for that revelation to be canonized? Why did it take so long? Dr. Bennett introduced me to a concept he calls the “Reclamation of Revelation.” What does he mean by that? He also says why studying church history is so important.
And that really opens up a topic in church history about why studying our history is so important is because sometimes we miss things, and I think you’re referring here to section 110 and these other revelations. It’s wonderful that Elder Bednar makes a great point of it. These sealing keys were extremely important. They were all written down by Warren Cowdery. Joseph and Oliver didn’t write it down. Warren Cowdery wrote it down. Joseph never refers to that revelation, if you want to know the truth, although he talks a lot about the substance of it. It’s not until Orson Pratt in 76, under the direction of the President of the Church of course, says we better get that down.
A few weeks ago, I told you I became a fanboy Orson Pratt because of his position on slavery. Once again, this seems to show Elder Pratt’s unrecognized contributions to preserving Mormon history. Why do you think it took 40 years to canonize the vision of Elijah?