WHEREAS: Scriptures are words spoken by messengers, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. D&C 68:4: "And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation." So I should study the stuff that the Lord gives messengers that come to me, to my family, to my ward and stake, and to the church as a whole.
WHEREAS: When scriptures are given, they should be written, and promulgated among the people to whom they were addressed, so they can use them to build up the church, and prepare themselves for Christ's coming.. D&C 104:58-59: "I have commanded you ... to print my words, the fulness of my scriptures, the revelations which I have given unto you, and which I shall, hereafter, from time to time give unto you -- for the purpose of building up my church and kingdom on the earth, and to prepare my people for the time when I shall dwell with them, which is nigh at hand." When someone speaks when moved upon by the Holy Ghost, write it down and pass it along.
WHEREAS: These scriptures should be the law by which the church is governed: D&C 42:59 "Thou shalt take the things which thou hast received, which have been given unto thee in my scriptures for a law, to be my law to govern my church." Scriptures are the law, not part of the law, or a contributing component of the law, but the entire law.
THEREFORE: Since the scriptures are the law of the church, changes to the law governing the church must come by new scripture -- that is, something spoken (or presumably conveyed with words some other way) to the church. This new scripture should be transmitted to the church generally, for study, preparation, and building the church. Revelations received which change the operation of the church, clarifying the previously muddled or modifying prior practice, must be given when moved upon by the Holy Ghost, must be considered scripture, and must be made available to the church.
Official Declarations 1 and 2 contain arguably the most drastic changes in church government in the latter days, (ostensibly) ending plural marriage, and allowing all worthy males to receive the priesthood. If you pay some attention when reading them, you'll notice neither is a revelation; they're both letters announcing that a revelation was received. That being the case, here's a question: Where's the revelation? The declarations say one was received. Doesn't it change the law unto the church? Shouldn't it be printed, presented before the church, and proposed to be voted upon as scripture just like the changes they introduced were voted upon? Who was moved upon by the Holy Ghost, and what were they moved upon to say? I realize we have this idea, promulgated by then Elder Benson in his talk, "Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet" (which got Benson in trouble with the leadership) that a revelation doesn't need to say "thus sayeth the Lord" to be revelation. That may be true (maybe), but still, a revelation does need to say something!
Please, Church, show us the revelation. In previous dispensations, the Lord's people were governed by scripture. The Lord gives them scripture, they read it, they try (or not) to do as those scriptures say, and they progress (or not) toward eternal life. But with the declarations (and much of subsequent church management) we instead have the leaders of the church telling us they have new scripture and here's what what the new scripture means, so we don't have to bother reading it, or slog through the messy details of interpreting it ourselves. They're setting themselves up as scripture interpreting intermediaries for the masses of the church. In scriptural language, we call that "priestcraft". Please stop it.