Originally Posted by sabastious
I have been studying Mormonism and I am currently having regular missionary visits. My largest concern is that of your prophet and his 12 apostles....
My main question is how does the LDS church avoid top leadership corruption?
If the true Church of Jesus Christ, or the true gospel required perfection (without corruption), then there would be no true church on this earth.
Even in the Lord's time, the Apostles warned the people of wolves in sheep clothing within the Church.
Solomon, who was once considered the wisest of all kings at the time, even fell himself to different forms of corruption.
You mention absolute power is absolutely corruptible with all flesh, and I wouldr agree, if our prophets had absolute power, which they do not. There is two people in scripture by which we know who had absolute power given them by the Father. This was Jesus Christ, and Nephi in the Book of Mormon, who was told by God he would have power to do all things, because God knew that he wouldn't abuse the power.
Within, our faith, we have a promise, that the Prophet will never lead us astray. There was a talk given regarding Brigham Young who spoke one thing in the morning, and then at night said something to the affect, "I spoke this morning, now the Lord will speak through me" (This is paraphrased quite a bit).
When it comes to Bishops, Stake Presidents, and even some General Authorities they are men doing their best to follow the Spirit, but are not always successful, and sometimes the wrong men or woman is called, and they say called by the "Holy Spirit."
What you have to recognize is that the presence of corruption, at any level, is not what makes the gospel of Jesus Christ true or not true. It is simply true.
If corruption was the reason why something is true verses not true, then the gospel would have failed at the time of Cain.
These are great questions, however, if you want to know for yourself if the Church of Jesus Christ is the gospel of Jesus Christ restored, then you must: read, ponder, and then pray and ask God, thus learning for yourself. I would also add fasting.
When God confirms the truth, then you can seek for other answers.
Skippy, has provided you with some excellent answers, however, both Skippy and I have a witness, by the Holy Spirit, that this is God's true church.
After this witness comes, then we seek answers for other things. I say this, because it doesn't matter really what answer we provide if the church is false, although it isn't, but you get my point.
If the Church is true, and you gain this testimony for yourself, then as Skippy, myself, and others we exercise faith the promises of the Lord, especially with regard to our Prophet, and how we have a promise from God that he will never allow the Prophet to be corrupt, or God himself in His own way will remove the Prophet from his mantle.
This is evident with the story of Balam and the donkey. Ballam (forgetting if this is the right spelling), who was told to bless Israel, however because he had a lust for power and greed, he was going to follow the King instead, and as he was going to curse Israel the Lord had prepared an Angel to smite him. He then changed his course of action and blessed Israel.
This is also evident with the story of Jonah, who was a prophet, and commanded of God, when he rebelled out of fear, or whatever he was feeling, the Lord used a big fish to humble him enough to do as He commanded Jonah to do.
As a Latter-day Saint, I have no worries regarding the corruption of our prophets and apostles, because I know, as the Lord did with Ballam and Jonah, that He will correct their course, if need be.
Great questions! May the Lord bless you in your search, and I am sorry to hear about your abuse as a child, and may, as Alma once said, your soul be comforted in Christ.