The Book of Mormon is not just stories, it is the offering of a covenant. Latter-day Saints have considered themselves covenant keeping people. However, few recognize studying the Book of Mormon as keeping covenants. For this reason, the whole church is under condemnation, even all.
54. And your minds in times past have been darkened because of unbelief, and because you have treated lightly the things you have received—
55. Which vanity and unbelief have brought the whole church under condemnation.
56. And this condemnation resteth upon the children of Zion, even all.
57. And they shall remain under this condemnation until they repent and remember the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon and the former commandments which I have given them, not only to say, but to do according to that which I have written—
The condemnation remains until there is a people who repent and remember the Book of Mormon as keeping a covenant.
Recently, my bishop called me into his office to question my active participation in the lessons, both in Sunday School and Priesthood meeting. As an aside: I have never heard of someone being in trouble for not participating enough, even though that is surely the problem in both cases. The bishop told me that, “The gospel is simple. We, as Polynesians, are simple people.” Simple, somehow has been changed to mean that we can reject the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon (by glossing over or ignoring its contents), and still be considered acceptable to qualify for the blessings being offered there.
We recently returned from a road trip. I instructed the children to clean the van when we arrived at home. After a few minutes, they reported that they were done. When I inspected the van, there was wrappers and clothes, and trash all over. When I asked one child, she pointed the finger to her older brother. When I confronted the brother, he said that they all thought it was clean enough. I suppose they did what we often do, we campaign and convince all parties involved to agree to adjust the definition of clean to match our current efforts. Voting to allow gay and lesbian rights do not change those acts to be acceptable. Neither can a group of people redefine a “covenant making and keeping people,” or “a simple gospel,” without remembering the new covenant, even the Book of Mormon.
Conclusion: The writing is in the scriptures. You can use modern officers to justify your actions. But, no one will be held responsible for your salvation, but you. Hear the prophet, receive the prophet, but believe in Christ, and look to Christ and live. The prophet’s status does not dictate your eternal glory. Your personal relationship with Christ does!