Here is the recent Church statement about repeating General and Area Authority statements given locally (Thanks to Dan for the link):
- From time to time statements are circulated among members which are inaccurately attributed to leaders of the church. Many such statements distort current church teachings and are often based on rumors and innuendos. They are never transmitted officially, but by word of mouth, e-mail, or rather informal means. We encourage members of the church to never teach or pass on such statements without verifying that they are from approved church sources such as official statements, communications, and publications. Any notes made when General Authorities, Area Authority Seventies, or other general Church officers speak at regional and stake conferences or other meetings should not be distributed without the consent of the speaker. Personal notes are for individual use only.
True spiritual growth is based on studying the scriptures, the teachings of the Brethren and Church publications.
I take this as binding. I think it reflects an attempt to limit rumor-mongering that we all think little of. I think it helps authorities to make comments specific to local areas that would be inappropriate to a general audience. I’ve already posted on why advice may need to be local and not general.
I think this statement should have an effect on our posting behavior, especially the part about the use of notes. My interpretation is that we should avoid quoting or paraphrasing in posts what amount to notes for personal use from area or general authorities. Obviously this is not true of general statements, which we should use all the time.
Is that right or am I missing something?