(by Dennis B. Horne)
writers have tried to hint, or even outright declare, that President Gordon B.
Hinckley was in favor of evolution. I trust the below teachings of President
Hinckley’s will settle that question in the minds of reasonable people.
I believe in evolution, not organic evolution, as it is called, but in the evolution of the mind, the heart, and the soul of man. I believe in improvement.
In a First
Presidency Message, President
Gordon B. Hinckley quoted President Joseph F. Smith on this subject of
accepting truth from wherever it may be found, and then added some cautionary
explanation of his own:
Joseph F. Smith once declared: “We believe in all truth, no matter to what
subject it may refer. No sect or religious denomination [or, I may say, no
searcher of truth] in the world possesses a single principle of truth that we
do not accept or that we will reject. We are willing to receive all truth, from
whatever source it may come; for truth will stand, truth will endure.” (Gospel
Doctrine, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1939, p. 1.)
have nothing to fear when we walk by the light of eternal truth. But we had
better be discerning. Sophistry has a way of masking itself as truth.
Half-truths are used to mislead under the representation that they are whole
truths. Innuendo is often used by enemies of this work as representing truth. Theories
and hypotheses are often set forth as if they were confirmed truth.
Statements taken out of context of time or circumstance or the written word are
often given as truth, when as a matter of fact such procedure may be the very
essence of falsehood.
giving that warning, President Hinckley added: “I remember when I was a college
student there were great discussions on the question of organic evolution. I
took classes in geology and biology and heard the whole story of Darwinism as
it was then taught. I wondered about it. I thought much about it. But I did not
let it throw me, for I read what the scriptures said about our origins and our
relationship to God.”