Porter -  Cain, Abel and the Priesthood

There is a difference between policy and doctrine. There are sometimes that policy needs to be changed because of administration or doctrine, however, doctrine will not change to accomidate feelings or opinions. A church csnnot be a church or a religion if not founded upon unchangable doctrines. There can be no faith in salvation if there is no standard of doctrine, or beliefs could be changed by vote, vigle or pitition. Misunderstandings may ensue when the differences between doctrine and policy are blured, which is usually because a lack of understanding of the doctrines found in scripture and the lack of an eternal standard. The issues between Cain and Abel and the descendants of Cain being able to hold the priesthood must be explained based on the doctrines found in scripture and the statements of Joseph Smith Jr. the prophet of the restoration.