What Do Mormons Believe?–Article of Faith #9

President Thomas S. Monson prophet, seer, and revelator

We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.

Amos 3:7 tell us that “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  This principle of revelation has existed from the beginning whenever God has had authorized servants upon the earth.  He has revealed many great and important things pertaining to His kingdom to the designated prophet of the day.  The revelation regarding the building of the ark came to Noah, not to previous prophets.  Likewise, the revelation to lead Israel out of bondage from Egypt was not given to Noah, but rather it was given to Moses.  Because God is “no respecter of persons” and because within Him there “is no variableness”, just as He revealed His will to prophets of old such as Abraham, Moses, and Noah, He continues to reveal His will to His authorized servant, President Thomas S. Monson, today.

This principle of revelation is not limited only to prophets, but is available to all those who seek to know and do God’s will in their personal lives.  He desires to lead and guide us in the paths that will lead us back to Him.  As we come unto Him through prayer, with a desire to do His will, He will reveal to us the course our lives should take.

Revelation can come in many ways.  It can come as dreams, visions, and conversations with heavenly messengers.  However, these types of revelation are rare.  Most often, revelation comes as described by Elijah in 1 Kings 19:12  “a still small voice” or feeling.

We live in tumultuous times.  Never in the history of the world has there been a greater need of Heavenly guidance than there is today.  It is a comfort to me that God has not forsaken us and still speaks to a prophet today.  It is also a comfort to know that I can receive personal guidance from Him as I face the challenges of life.

To learn more about revelation, please read “The Spirit of Revelation” by Elder David A. Bednar.

Next Week:  Article of Faith #10–Mormon beliefs regarding the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.

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)]

What Do Mormons Believe?–Article of Faith #6

Jesus Ordaining His Twelve Apostles

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.

The Twelve Apostles Today

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 First Presidency--(sitting) President Thomas S. Monson, (standing from left to right) Henry B. Eyring (1st counselor), Dieter F. Uchtdorf (2nd counselor)

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)]