(May 16, 2015)
In this Church, we have made certain covenants. These covenants are not between us and the Church, but between us and God. The Church (particularly the Priesthood authority found in the Church) exists to facilitated those covenants being made.
When Samuel the Lamanite stood on the wall and criticized the Nephites for not allowing God to guide them, he was speaking to all of us. Ultimately, God will teach us what we are to do, and it will be our obligation to follow whatever He tells us. The Church can aid us in that process, but the Church cannot replace the Lord in that process.