Tuesday, November 8, 2011

"Follow The Prophet" ~

            The Articles of Faith of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
6. We believe in the same aorganization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, bprophets, cpastors, dteachers, eevangelists, and so forth.
 believe that we have a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson.
 I believe that he is the prophet to the world. I believe that we have twelve apostles that are called to go throughout the world just as the Apostles of old and teach and preach of Christ.

As stated in the book, "Preach My Gospel" a guide to missionary service the following are thoughts about prophets: "The Church of Jesus Christ is built on the foundation of apostles and prophets.
19 Now therefore ye are no more astrangers and foreigners, but bfellowcitizens with the csaints, and of the dhousehold of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the aapostles and bprophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief ccorner stone;
In Ephesians 4: 11-14:
11And he agave some, bapostles; and some, cprophets; and some, devangelists; and some, epastors and fteachers;
12 For the aperfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the bedifying of the body of Christ:

13 Till we all come in the aunity of the faith, and of the bknowledge of the Son of God, unto a cperfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we henceforth be no more achildren, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of bdoctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
These leaders have divine priesthood authority. Through revelation they direct the affairs of the Church. They maintain doctrinal purity, authorize the administration of ordinances, and call and confer upon others the priesthood authority".
We believe in the great Apostasy and the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the early day Prophet Joseph Smith. Here is his testimony as found in Joseph Smith History.
I believe that all can find their own testimony of each of the Articles of Faith and of Prophets, Apostles and the Book of Mormon.  In the The Book of Mormon- Another Testament of Christ the following challenge is given:
3 Behold, I would exhort you that when ye shall read these things, if it be wisdom in God that ye should read them, that ye would remember how amerciful the Lord hath been unto the children of men, from the creation of Adam even down until the time that ye shall receive these things, and bponder it in your chearts.
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would aask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not btrue; and if ye shall ask with a csincere heart, with dreal intent, having efaith in Christ, he will fmanifest the gtruth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may aknow the btruth of all things.

I know that the Book of Mormon is true because I have followed this challenge and prayed about it and received the confirmation through the spirit that it is true You too can read this book; pray about it and you will receive the testimony that it is true. Here is The Book of Mormon.
These scriptures are true. For those who desire to know if there is a Prophet and Apostles on the earth today they can read and pray for that confirmation.I have read and study the lives of our Prophets and many of the Apostles. I have prayed and received a confirmation in the depth of my soul that we do have a Prophet and Apostles today.
My husband and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple by the Apostle Ezra Taft Benson who later became the Prophet for our Church. He loved America and served in the Cabinet  as Secretary of Agriculture.  Two years after our marriage we made an appointment and visited with him again. We loved him and he was a wonderful prophet. Through the years we have had opportunities to shake the hands of other Prophets and Apostles of the church. Our Prophet President Gordan B. Hinckley spoke at my Father in Laws funeral. My children had the privilege of singing at the feet of the prophet that day. This was a sweet moment in our lives.
Twice a year we have the privilege of listening to our Prophet and Apostles in conferences. We believe that the messages given by these great men are for our day and are added scriptures to study along with the Bible, Book of Mormon and other writings.
My dear husband had the opportunity to be a Bishop of a ward. A Bishop is like a pastor in other faiths. However, this is not a paid position. Bishops give many hours of service to their ward members.This was a wonderful opportunity for him to serve.
Take the challenge to study the Book of Mormon, read about Modern day Prophets and Apostles and then ask God if what we believe is true!

We Thank Thee O' God For A Prophet ~



Patty Ann said...

Thank you for sharing this. It reminds me of those things that are most important.

Marie said...

Great post Leanne! I love the leadership of our church and all that they share with us. I am so grateful to belong to a living church, with a living relationship with our Heavenly Father. I am also grateful for continuing revelation and all that it does for us, helps us, inspires us. Ours is a church of hope and of peace. I wish everyone had that same hope and peace. xxoo

Mom of 12 said...

I love that we have a prophet on the earth today! Thanks for reminding me.

Tricia said...

Thank you for sharing about your faith. I came over from NOBH.

I think it is so interesting to learn about other religions and beliefs.

I also believe that there are living prophets today, though my definition may be different from yours. As Catholics we are baptized priest, prophet, and king. So from my perspective there are many living prophets out in the world today teaching and preaching of Christ.

Thanks again for this glimpse into the faith of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Sue said...

How fortunate you are to have known so many prophets personally. And even to have been married by a future one!


Grammy Staffy said...

Dear LeAnn,
Thank you for sharing your testimony with us in such a beautiful way today. I too know that Pres. Monson is a prophet of God and that quorum of the 12 are indeed apostles of the Lord. What a blessing to know these things to be true.

The more I learn of you, the more amazed I am....married by Pres. Benson and Pres. Hinckley spoke at your dad's funeral.... wow!!!! How special both for you and your family and for all those who attended each event. (I wish I had known you then...and been invited.)
I didn't know you back then,but I am thankful that I know you now.
Keep up the good works. Hugs, Lura

Mary Jarman, LCSW said...

Checking out your blog after you left a comment that directed me here months ago (it's been on my list). Love your blog and your message. It just "feels" peaceful and your testimony comes through in your posts. Thanks!

Mary said...

I realized after that last comment I wasn't signed in. The previous comment came from me. : )


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