The First Presidency teaches that it is the Church, not men, who determine the doctrines of the Church.

May 1907
First Presidency

First Presidency (Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund), "An Address. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the World," March 26, 1907, repr., Improvement Era 10, no. 7 (May 1907): 494

Improvement Era
First Presidency, Anthon H. Lund, Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder
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We refuse to be bound by the interpretations which others place upon our beliefs, or by what they allege must be the practical consequences of our doctrines. Men have no right to impute to us what they think may be the logical deduction from our beliefs, but which we ourselves do not accept. We are to be judged by our own interpretations and by our own actions, not by the logic of others, as to what is, or may be, the result of our faith. We deny that our belief in divine revelation, or our anticipation of the coming kingdom of God weakens in any degree the genuineness of our allegiance to our country. When the divine empire will be established, we may not know any more than other Christians who pray, '"Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven;" but we do know that our allegiance and loyalty to our country are strengthened by the fact that while awaiting the advent of the Messiah's kingdom, we are under a commandment from God to be subject to the powers that be, until He comes "whose right is to reign."

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