Chapter 9: Prophets

"Chapter 9: Prophets," Part Three: Communicating with God, ()


Who speaks for our Father in Heaven on earth today and can tell us what our Father in Heaven wants us to know and do?

A Prophet Is a Man Who Speaks for Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven chooses a man to speak for Him on earth. This man is called a prophet. The prophet loves our Father in Heaven and does the things that our Father in Heaven wants him to do. Our Father in Heaven teaches the prophet things we need to know and do. The prophet then tells us those things. When the prophet speaks for our Father in Heaven, he says the things our Father in Heaven Himself would say if our Father in Heaven were speaking to us.

These are some of the things the prophet tells us:

  • He tells us that Jesus is the Son of our Father in Heaven, that Jesus is our Savior, and that Jesus’ teachings are true.

  • He teaches us things our Father in Heaven has said we should do.

  • He tells us to stop doing bad things.

  • He tells us about things that will happen in the future.

Only our Father in Heaven can choose a prophet. People cannot choose a prophet. A man cannot choose himself to be a prophet. Our Father in Heaven gives the prophet the authority to do His work and speak for Him. A man cannot represent our Father in Heaven if he does not have this authority.

Discussion

  • For whom does a prophet speak?

  • What are some of the things that a prophet tells us?

Our Father in Heaven Has Always Sent Prophets to Help Us

Our Father in Heaven has always cared about His children on earth. Ever since the time of Adam, He has sent prophets to help His children. He sends prophets to warn the people of danger. He sends them to lead the people away from trouble. He sends them to help the people prepare for great events. These are some of the prophets whom our Father in Heaven has sent:

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    Noah: He warned the people that our Father in Heaven would send a flood to destroy them if they did not stop doing bad things.

  2. 2.

    Abraham: He obeyed our Father in Heaven and taught his children to obey our Father in Heaven. Our Father in Heaven promised to give many things to Abraham and to his descendants.

  3. 3.

    Moses: He led the people of Israel out of Egypt into a land that our Father in Heaven had prepared for them.

In our days, too, our Father in Heaven has sent prophets. One of the prophets who lived not long ago was a man called Joseph Smith. He lived in the United States of America. In 1820 Joseph Smith was 14 years old. At that time, many people joined different churches, looking for the true Church. Joseph wanted to be a good person and find the true Church of our Father in Heaven.

One day Joseph was reading a holy book called the Bible. He read that if you want to know something, you should ask our Father in Heaven, and our Father in Heaven will tell you. He believed that our Father in Heaven really would tell him the things he should do. He decided to say a special prayer to our Father in Heaven.

One morning, Joseph went to a small forest to pray. While he was praying, a light that was brighter than the sun came down from the sky. In this light he saw our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Our Father in Heaven pointed to Jesus and said, “This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!”

Joseph listened to all that Jesus told him, and he obeyed the instructions that Jesus gave him.

As Joseph grew older, our Father in Heaven chose him to be His prophet. He was a great prophet. He taught the people the things that our Father in Heaven wanted them to do.

Joseph Smith died in 1844. After he died, our Father in Heaven chose another man to be the prophet. Today, whenever the prophet dies, our Father in Heaven chooses another man to speak for Him on earth.

Discussion

  • Who are some of the prophets our Father in Heaven has chosen?

  • What did Joseph Smith do?

There Is a Prophet on the Earth Today

Our Father in Heaven loves His children who are on the earth today. He knows that we have many problems. He has sent a prophet to help us. He speaks to the prophet today just as He spoke to prophets in the past. Our Father in Heaven gives this prophet instructions for the people of the whole world. The prophet is the only person who can receive instructions from our Father in Heaven for the whole world.

The prophet who lives today is a great man. He loves our Father in Heaven and wants to obey Him. Our Father in Heaven tells the prophet things He wants us to know and to do.

Discussion

  • Why has our Father in Heaven sent a prophet today?

  • For whom does the prophet receive instructions?

  • Why can we believe all the prophet tells us?

Our Father in Heaven Helps Us When We Obey the Instructions He Gives to the Prophet

Our Father in Heaven has commanded us to obey His prophet when the prophet speaks for Him. When we obey the instructions our Father in Heaven gives the prophet, we learn how to become more like our Father in Heaven. We learn the things we should do. We can learn how to solve problems when we have them. Our Father in Heaven will help us, and we will have peace in our hearts.

Discussion

  • Why should we listen to the things the prophet tells us to do?

  • How will our Father in Heaven help us when we do the things He instructs the prophet to tell us?

References

A Prophet Is a Man Who Speaks for Our Father in Heaven

Our Father in Heaven Has Always Sent Prophets to Help Us

  • Amos 3:7 (Our Father in Heaven always speaks through His prophets.)

  • Hebrews 1:1 (In the past, our Father in Heaven spoke to men through prophets.)

There Is a Prophet on the Earth Today

  • 2 Nephi 3:7–24 (Our Father in Heaven promised to choose prophets in the latter days.)

Our Father in Heaven Helps Us When We Obey the Instructions He Gives to the Prophet

  • Deuteronomy 18:18–19 (Those who will not listen to the prophets will still be judged by what the prophets have taught.)

  • 3 Nephi 28:34 (Our Father in Heaven will not allow those who reject the words of His prophets to live with Him again.)

Joseph Smith

Brigham Young

John Taylor

Wilford Woodruff

Lorenzo Snow

Joseph F. Smith

Heber J. Grant

George Albert Smith

David O. McKay

Joseph Fielding Smith

Harold B. Lee

Spencer W. Kimball

Ezra Taft Benson

Howard W. Hunter

Gordon B. Hinckley

Thomas S. Monson