85 years ago today - Dec 28, 1938

[Joseph Fielding Smith]
I attended sessions of meetings held in the assembly hall for the Institute teachers held in the assembly room on the fourth floor of the Church Office Building. I cannot say that I was very greatly edified. Too much philosophy of a worldly nature does not seem to mix well with the fundamentals of the Gospel. In my opinion many of our teachers employed in the Church School System have absorbed too much of the paganism of the world, and have accepted too readily the views of uninspired educators without regard for the revealed word of God. What to do about it I do not know. ... It is easy for one who observes to see how the Apostacy came about in the Primitive Church of Jesus Christ. Are we not traveling the same road? ... Modern theories which are so popular today just do not harmonize with the Gospel as revealed to the Prophets and it would be amusing if it were not a tragedy to see how some of our educated brethren attempted to harmonize the theories of men with the revealed
word of the Lord. Thank the Lord there is still some faith left, and some members who still cherish the word of the Lord and accept the prophets. Surely the world is ripening for destruction and Satan has power and dominion over his own. ...

[Joseph Fielding Smith, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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