Latter-day Saint neighbors, please be brave and “study it out in your mind” (D&C 9:8)! Do not mentally disassociate or “shut down.” A lot more is at stake than you realize.
At least consider that Joseph Smith said that his teachings in the King Follett Discourse are comprehensible and “simple.” D&C 93 says that, “The glory of God is intelligence, or, in other words, light and truth.” Mormon apostle Orson Pratt taught,
“We should not get into that old sectarian notion, that we have no right to know anything about this, that or the other, and that we must not pry into this, that or the other. That is an old sectarian notion, which we have fought against all the day long, and we do not want it to creep into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is the privilege of its members to let their minds expand, and to ponder upon the things of God, and to enquire of him, and by and by, when we have prepared ourselves by getting all the knowledge we possibly can from that which is written, God will give us more.” (Journal of Discourses, vol. 16, p. 336)
Jesus himself says, “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your *mind*.” (Matthew 22:37)
So, Latter-day Saints, by the teachings of your own scripture and prophets, you have good reason not to “shut down” with, “That’s not essential [or relevant] to my salvation”, or, “That’s not official doctrine”, or, “I don’t need to think about that”, or, “That’s deep doctrine” — ESPECIALLY when the teaching in question is of an LDS leader that had significant impact on the lives and beliefs of LDS members throughout history. Be curious. Be dogged in your quest for knowledge. If you have the truth, you don’t need to be afraid.
“If we have the truth, it cannot be harmed by investigation. If we have not the truth, it ought to be harmed.” – J. Reuben Clark; D. Michael Quinn, J. Reuben Clark: The Church Years. Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, 1983, p. 24.