After my kid sat down, the conducting counselor stood up and said it was a great talk, but he forgot one very important book of scripture: the Ensign.
I knew where she was coming from, but I was a little annoyed at the comment because the Ensign is not really scripture, and at any rate I thought she could have gotten her point across about modern-day revelation without suggesting that my kid had screwed up.
I mention this story as an example of how common it is to hear the Ensign (or General Conference talks in particular) described as scripture in the Church. Again, I understand the point being made, but you open a big can of worms when you go that far. The GC issues of the Ensign are more like the modern equivalent of the Journal of Discourses, and we all know how we go to great lengths to remind ourselves that the JoD is not Official Doctrine, much less Scripture.
The question of what constitutes Official Doctrine seems to come up quite a bit, so I was happy to see a recent post on the Church's website that addresses the issue. In "Approaching Mormon Doctrine" they state
With divine inspiration, the First Presidency (the prophet and his two counselors) and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (the second-highest governing body of the Church) counsel together to establish doctrine that is consistently proclaimed in official Church publications. This doctrine resides in the four “standard works” of scripture (the Holy Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price), official declarations and proclamations, and the Articles of Faith.
The thing that stands out to me in this definition is the inclusion of proclamations. Everything else, including the official declarations and the Articles of Faith, are found in a typical quad. The proclamations are not. In fact, with the exception of the Proclamation on the Family, the proclamations are not publicized at all, and can be quite difficult to track down.
In his interview for the PBS documentary on Mormons, Elder Packer mentioned that when the Proclamation on the Family was given, there had only been five other proclamations, so that tells you how important they are. (Source.) But if they are so important, why don't we ever talk about them? Do any of us even know what the other five proclamations are about, or when they were given?
Unlike with the Ensign in general, I wouldn't complain if someone referred to the Articles of Faith as scripture. Or the official declarations or even the Proclamation on the Family. Shouldn't the other proclamations enjoy the same prominence in our gospel study? They rank higher than the most recent First Presidency Message on the hierarchy of Official Doctrine, after all.
FYI, the other proclamations can be found here: