The LDS Church recently released a statement about what constitutes doctrine. The following is an excerpt:
With divine inspiration, theÂ First PresidencyÂ (the prophet and his two counselors) and theÂ Quorum of the Twelve ApostlesÂ (the second-highest governing body of the Church) counsel together to establish doctrine that is consistently proclaimed in official Church publications. This doctrine resides in the four â€œstandard worksâ€ of scripture (theÂ Holy Bible, theÂ Book of Mormon, theÂ Doctrine and CovenantsÂ and theÂ Pearl of Great Price), official declarations and proclamations, and theÂ Articles of Faith. Isolated statements are often taken out of context, leaving their original meaning distorted.
What I find interesting is that they include proclamations as doctrine. Official declarations have been presented to the general body of church membership for an acceptance vote. Proclamations have not.
What do you think? Are proclamations doctrine, particularly when they contain tenets notÂ foundÂ anywhere else? Is doctrine the same as canon?