We believe in the same organization that existed in the primitive church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
During Jesus’ mortal ministry, He organized His church here upon the earth. This organization consisted of various positions or offices. For example, we are all aware of the calling of His twelve apostles. The Bible also speaks of prophets such as Moses, Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Abraham. Ephesians 4:11 tells us that “He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers”. This pattern has existed throughout time.
Today, this same organization has again been restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. Again we are blessed to have ‘. . .prophets, apostles, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth’ providing order and direction to the saints just as there was in Jesus’ day.
According to the LDS Guide to the Scriptures, a prophet is “A person who has been called by and speaks for God. As a messenger of God, a prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from God. His responsibility is to make known God’s will and true character to mankind and to show the meaning of his dealings with them. A prophet denounces sin and foretells its consequences. He is a preacher of righteousness. On occasion, prophets may be inspired to foretell the future for the benefit of mankind. His primary responsibility, however, is to bear witness of Christ.
The President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s prophet on earth today. Members of the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles are sustained as prophets, seers, and revelators.”
To learn more about the importance and role of apostles today, please see “And He Gave Some, Apostles” by Edward J. Brandt.
Next Week: Article of Faith #7–Mormon beliefs regarding gifts of the spirit.
In the meantime, Remember that 2 Plus 2 Doesn’t Always Equal 4 [And please take time to read my original post to understand Why the Title of this Blog? (Feb. 17, 2011)]