In a recent blog entry (T&S; 28 Sep 2012), Ben Huff describes Mormonism’s concept of obedience as follows:
Rather than calling us to blindly obey human religious authorities, Mormonism calls us to approach our faith with active minds and hearts, and to ask God personally, for direct confirmation of the truth.
While I find Huff’s statement to be appealing, it doesn’t accurately portray the LDS Church as it exists today.
There is a strong case for the opposite opinion. For example, statements like “When the Prophet has spoken, the thinking is over” are still prevalent in the church. In fact, the LDS Church’s emphasis on almost blind obedience is one of the reasons why critics allege that the church is a cult.