–Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Father of American Transcendentalism)
And lemme give you a little context here. RWE had the audacity to speak these words to a room full of ecclesiastical traditionalists (no doubt, some of them with their panties in a twist) at the Divinity School at Harvard University. At the time, this was considered highly unorthodox, radical, and even heretical. But he said it anyways! Know why? ‘Cuz it’s true! And also when you’re as cool as him, you can kinda do whatever you fancy, I suppose. You wreck it, Ralph!
Friends, do YOU agree with Mr. Emerson that we desperately need new revelation? (hint: if you don’t, you are disagreeing with one of the most enlightened thinkers in (relatively) recent history. Though not 100% guaranteed, it is HIGHLY likely that he is smarter than any and all of us, no offense.)
This is one of my favorite LDS Conference addresses on the subject, given by none other than the famous Elder Jeffrey Holland that we (all) know and love. He mentions Emerson! And a whole bunch of other famous thinkers/ writers/ philosophers/ theologians too. WATCH!
In a world of unrest and fear, political turmoil and moral drift, I testify that Jesus is the Christ; I testify of His prophets, seers, and revelators, who constitute the ongoing foundation of that Church and bear witness that such offices and such oracles are at work now, under the guidance of the Savior of us all, in and for our very needful day.
“The need was never greater for new revelation than now.”
and we have it!