Everything That is True is Useful

Censorship doesn’t help anyone find the truth

Jeffrey Hughes
8 min readJan 7, 2019

From 1970-1915, Boyd K. Packer was an Apostle in the Mormon church, serving for 7 years as the acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve. During that time, Mormons sustained him as a prophet, seer, and revelator.

Prior to this, he worked in various administrative positions in the Church Education System, which offers seminary (high school) and institute (college) classes.

I want to discuss his 1981 speech, The Mantle is Far, Far Greater Than the Intellect. This speech was given to seminary and institute teachers, admonishing them to omit certain parts of church history that were not faith promoting.

Specifically, he said this:

There is a temptation for the writer or the teacher of Church history to want to tell everything, whether it is worthy or faith promoting or not. Some things that are true are not very useful.

I want that to sink in for a minute. Here was an educator, telling other educators to censor the institution’s history for the benefit of the institution.