I love the graphic you used! If I may expand your graphic a little I found a neat graphic on a site I use for a scripture study app. it won't let me post the picture so I'll leave a link, but essentially it says that There are eternal laws and doctrines (teachings) rest upon those laws. Principles comes out of doctrines, and “a theory is founded on inferences drawn from principles which have been established on independent evidence” (Webster’s 1828 definition). A theory isn’t a man-made hypothesis like the theory of organic evolution or global warming, but it does feel a lot like holy speculation. What happens if I act on this true principle? What will the result be? A strengthening of faith?
To me, I think theory is the perfected understanding that comes from cause and effect relationships. If I do X, then Y happens.
I'd love to hear your thoughts!
D&C 88:78. Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;
My wife and I have always taken the WofW as it says 'for a principal with promise' - not a commandment but 'revelation and wisdom' received by the Prophet 'adapted to the capacity' of any member. Good subject matter and looking forward to further insights from you.
This is very helpful Jane. I look forward to your future additions to the topic.
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