Sunday, May 16, 2010

Lesson: Prophets of God

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. (Amos 3:7).
Many people live in darkness, unsure of God’s will. They believe that the heavens are closed and that people must face the world’s perils alone. How fortunate are the Latter-day Saints! We know that God communicates to the Church through His prophet. With grateful hearts, Saints the world over sing the hymn, “We thank thee, O God, for a prophet to guide us in these latter days” (Hymns, no. 19).

A prophet is...
A prophet is a man called by God to be His representative on earth. When a prophet speaks for God, it is as if God were speaking (see D&C 1:38).

A prophet is also a special witness for Christ, testifying of His divinity and teaching His gospel.

A prophet teaches truth and interprets the word of God.

He calls the unrighteous to repentance.

He receives revelations and directions from the Lord for our benefit.

He may see into the future and foretell coming events so that the world may be warned.

A true prophet is always chosen by God and called through proper priesthood authority (see Articles of Faith 1:5).

Why do we need a living prophet today?
The prophet is the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has the right to revelation for the entire Church. He holds “the keys of the kingdom,” meaning that he has the authority to direct the entire Church and kingdom of God on earth, including the administration of priesthood ordinances.

How do we sustain the living prophet?
Many people find it easy to believe in the prophets of the past. But it is much greater to believe in and follow the living prophet. We raise our hands to sustain the President of the Church as prophet, seer, and revelator.

We should pray for him. His burdens are heavy, and he needs to be strengthened by the prayers of the Saints.

We should study his words. We can listen to his conference addresses. We can also subscribe to the Ensign or Liahona so we can read his conference addresses and other messages he gives.

We should follow his inspired teachings completely. We should not choose to follow part of his inspired counsel and discard that which is unpleasant or difficult.

Great blessings from obeying
When we do as our prophet directs, blessings pour down from heaven.

If we obey, the Lord promises, “The gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (D&C 21:6).

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