Talk:Presiding Bishop (LDS Church)

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I believe that this should be at Presiding Bishop (LDS Church) since it is a title that refers to a specific person rather than to a group of people. Additionally there is precedent for other titles to be used this way in naming articles (e.g. Prefecture of Police, see also Category:Ecclesiastical titles where some titles are init caps and others are sentence caps for the article title). --Trödel 16:06, 7 November 2007 (UTC)

OK, I can agree to that (I was the one who moved it back). I'm not sure what my rationale was—I remember I had one yesterday, but either I can't remember it or else it doesn't seem as convincing to me today. Snocrates 20:54, 7 November 2007 (UTC)
LOL - well the rational for your position would be that the title should only be capitalized in conjunction with a person as in, Presiding Bishop Burton. Or Burton, the Presiding Bishop. Thus it would be Bishop Smith, or Joseph Smith, our Bishop. But elsewhere it would be your bishop is the one you should go to. etc. Which is the general rule but for higher offices where there is only one person it is commonplace, though not required practice, to use capitals for the entire name. The President, the Secretary of State, the Archbishop of Cantebury, etc. I think the Presiding Bishop meets that category. Lets wait a few days to see if someone else chimes in before making the move. --Trödel 15:54, 8 November 2007 (UTC)
Ha — yes, that was what I was thinking, I believe. I do agree with you point about use of capitals for some positions, and I think this one is borderline and could go either way. For now, I would say capitalize. Snocrates 20:35, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

Start date of Burton's tenure[edit]

Hey Jgstokes, does your reference book specify a specific date in 1995 for the start of Burton's tenure? I was looking at H. David Burton, and there it's listed as January 1 (1996), but I think that's because (according to the ensign article referenced there) it says the previous presiding bishop, Merrill J. Bateman, started his tenure as BYU president on that date. It's unlikely that a new presiding bishop wasn't set apart until that date, though, so I think it's right that Burton became presiding bishop in 1995, I just thought we should update the exact date there. Snocrates 20:47, 12 February 2008 (UTC)

Snocrates, you are correct. The Church wouldn't be without a Presiding Bishop that long. In every Church Almanac that has been put out for the last twelve years, Bishop Burton is listed as having been called on December 27, 1995, and sustained on April 6, 1996. The latest source saying so is found in the Deseret Morning News 2008 Church Almanac on pg. 62. While you're at it, if you have a copy of this particular Church Almanac, it might be wise to put an exact date on all of these listings. You'll find that information on pp. 107-109 of the same Almanac. For that matter, any Almanac since 1996 or so would give you the same information, since there has been no change in the PB since December 1995. I'd take care of this myself but have other things to do today. If you decide to do this, good luck with it. Should be fairly simple and straightforward. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 15:58, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
Thanks! Yes, I have one for 2007, but someone's borrowed it. I'll make the changes on the H. David Burton page and the Merrill J. Bateman page to say the change happened on Dec 27/95, rather than Jan 1/96. I could add the dates for the others when I get my book back. Feel free to do it later if I haven't done it myself. Snocrates 21:44, 13 February 2008 (UTC)
I tried to do it, but for some reason was logged off as a user midrevision, and it's too bothersome for me to try and do it again...unless I can find it in a previous edit. Wish me luck. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 00:21, 14 February 2008 (UTC)
Never mind. I found my revision by going back in my browser's history. Dates are fixed now and shouldn't need much more work. --Jgstokes-We can disagree without being disagreeable (talk) 00:25, 14 February 2008 (UTC)

Vinson Knight[edit]

I ran across Vinson Knight for a reason unrelated to this page, but noticed that his page discusses that he may have also possible been the 1st Presiding Bishop (before the official title). The problem is I am not well versed in this topic, so I'm not sure how accurate this clam is. Does anyone know? If he was, perhaps a mention here is in order.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 13:16, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Here's what I've been able to find out from the sources I have available: In "Church History in the Fulness of Times", pg. 189, it talks about the Saints settling in Missouri. After listing the newly called stake presidency, it says, "Vinson Knight was called as acting bishop until the arrival of Bishop Newell K. Whitney from Kirtland." This was the only reference to Vinson Knight in that volume. According to the Joseph Smith papers and the Deseret News Church Almanac, he was a counselor to Presiding Bishop Newell K. Whitney. That's what I've been able to dig up so far. I hope it helps. If anyone has any additional information, please feel free to post it here. In the meantime, this is all I could find on short notice. --Jgstokes (talk) 01:25, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
The Vinson Knight page cites "Quinn, D. Michael (December 1973), "I Have Question", Ensign: 32  |contribution= ignored (help)" That page cites the LDS D&C 124:141. I think that it is clear that there was the possibility that Vinson Knight was Presiding Bishop. I think the sentence on his page is accurate, but need to be made to work here.
"According to Orson Pratt and John Taylor, Knight was the first Presiding Bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). However, today the LDS Church does not include Knight in its list of church Presiding Bishops; Edward Partridge is recognized by the LDS Church as the first Presiding Bishop."
However, I think it need to be worked in this page appropriately.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 18:24, 27 February 2014 (UTC)
Perhapes something like this
==Possible first Presiding Bishop==
According to Orson Pratt and John Taylor, Vinson Knight was made the Presiding Bishop[1] in January 19, 1841.[2] However, the LDS Church does not include Vinson Knight in its list of church Presiding Bishops.--ARTEST4ECHO (talk/contribs) 20:26, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

Turns out my memory was playing tricks on me. The Church Almanac does not make any mention of Vinson Knight as Presiding Bishop. I have read the cited scripture, and I think this does need to be included in the article, perhaps as outlined above. I would have no objections to the current proposed wording. --Jgstokes (talk) 21:34, 27 February 2014 (UTC)

  1. ^ Quinn, D. Michael (December 1973), "I Have Question", Ensign: 32  |contribution= ignored (help)
  2. ^ LDS Church, Doctrine and Covenants 124:141, Doctrine and Covenants.