I answered that I'm not sure. Especially after reading Tolworthy's (insightful) comment, I'm not sure what to categorize as doctrine anymore. The recent stuff, from Hinckley onward, seems so watered down and contradictory to what I grew up on that it doesn't even feel like it's part of the same religion.
Does anyone else remember those "Answers to Gospel Questions" books by Joseph Fielding Smith? The forward to the book even said it was good enough for doctrine.
Deseret Book Company wishes to express appreciation and gratitude to President Joseph Fielding Smith of the Council of the Twelve and The Improvement Era for permission to publish the material which has appeared in the magazine as a monthly series under the title "Your Question." During the past several years this feature has been so popular, that Deseret Book Company sought permission from President Smith and The Improvement Era to collect the material in book form. Answers to Gospel Questions is presented to Church readers with the sincere hope that it will provide answers to perplexing questions and increase knowledge of Church doctrine.
Deseret Book Company also desires to acknowledge its indebtedness to Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr. for his painstaking care and expert assistance in the planning and publication of this book.
Since May 1953, President Joseph Fielding Smith has been answering the questions of readers, in a monthly page in The Improvement Era, under the continuing title--"Your Question."
In his mail comes a multiplicity of questions of all kinds, pertaining to scripture, to doctrine, to history, and to the interpretation of many points and problems.
He cannot, of course, answer all the questions that come. The mail is too voluminous, the questions too repetitious, and time and strength too limited, with all the other official obligations.
But with all these limitations, President Smith has given an earnest and eminently able service in selecting from among the many, those questions which to him seem most timely, or most significant, or most frequently repeated.
In using the pages of The Improvement Era for this purpose, President Smith has carried forward a tradition passed on from his father, President Joseph F. Smith, who, in 1897, was one of the Era's first editors, and whose doctrinal and other writings appeared on the "Editor's Table" and elsewhere in the Era, beginning some sixty years ago. Some of those Era writings of President Joseph F. Smith found their way into the much read and much quoted book, Gospel Doctrine, which has proved so significantly useful to the Church.
And now, in this generation, we are grateful for President Joseph Fielding Smith's willingness to bring his broad background of scripture, and doctrine, and history to the Church, through the pages of The Improvement Era, and through the pages of this book, which carries the title Answers to Gospel Questions.
The Deseret Book Company has requested the privilege of collecting and publishing these writings, and The Improvement Era, with President Smith's concurrence, has granted that privilege, to perpetuate a work that will be widely read and widely referred to, in answering "Your Question."
I still hold the church to the things I read in those volumes and other authoritative sources from decades ago, no matter what newer leaders say. The newer ones don't have any confidence. They don't claim to speak for God much anymore; they just let the membership think they do when it's convenient.
It was so much more satisfying to read older church writings when I was a member. I told myself that's because that's where the deeper doctrine was. Why would the earlier prophets get more insight and revelations? Maybe it was because the Second Coming was so soon, and eventually we'd get more than enough revelation to guide us through those times. Kind of a lull before the storm situation, maybe, where the real task is to just focus on trying to be as perfect as possible.
Or maybe the church didn't deserve revelation yet. You don't overwhelm a child with more rules and requirements when they're still not doing well with the last set.
The lack of revelation from hinckley made me desperate for my patriarchal blessing. I was so disappointed. xD Apparently they don't give awesome patriarchal blessings like they used to, either.
Monson would never answer doctrinal questions in a church magazine, would he?