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Why is it important to listen to and follow the living prophets?

We sustain the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. Their teachings reflect the will of the Lord. They give us instruction, warnings, and counsel from the Lord for our day. We are blessed with safety, peace, and spiritual strength when we listen to and obey their counsel.

Prepare yourself spiritually

Prayerfully study the following scriptures and resources. What do you feel prompted to share with the young women?

Amos 3:7; D&C 1:4, 37–38; Moses 6:26–38 (The Lord speaks to us through His prophets)

D&C 21:1, 4–7 (The Lord promises great blessings to those who follow the prophet)

M. Russell Ballard, “Stay in the Boat and Hold On!Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 89–92

Carole F. McConkie, “Live according to the Words of the Prophets,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 77–79

Message from the First Presidency,” For the Strength of Youth (2011), ii–iii

Prophets,True to the Faith (2004), 129–30

Video: “We Need Living Prophets”

Share experiences

At the beginning of each class, invite the young women to share, teach, and testify about the experiences they have had applying what they learned in the previous week’s lesson. This will encourage personal conversion and help the young women see the relevance of the gospel in their daily lives.

Introduce the doctrine

Choose from these ideas, or think of your own, to introduce this week’s lesson:

  • Ask the young women how they would respond if a friend of another faith asked them what counsel their prophet has given to young people. As a class, read the first paragraph of “Message from the First Presidency” in For the Strength of Youth. Ask the young women why they feel it is important to listen to and follow the living prophet.
  • Invite the young women to think of and share a story from the Book of Mormon that illustrates the need to listen to and follow the living prophet. Some examples might include stories about Lehi, King Benjamin, Abinadi, or Samuel the Lamanite. What do they learn from these stories? What experiences can the young women share in which they followed the counsel of the prophet?

Learn together

Each of the activities below will help the young women understand the importance of following the living prophets. Following the inspiration of the Spirit, select one or more that will work best for your class:

  • Assign each young woman one of the scriptures suggested in this outline and ask her to look for reasons we need a prophet and blessings that come from following the prophet. Invite the young women to share their thoughts. Share a personal experience in which you followed the counsel of the prophet, and testify about what you learned from doing so. Invite the young women to share their own experiences.
  • Read the portion of Elder Ballard’s talk where he compares the living prophet to a river rafting guide, and make a list of ways a river rafting guide is similar to a prophet. Invite class members to think of and share other analogies they could use to teach others why it is important to follow prophets and apostles.
  • Show pictures of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (such as those in the conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona). Bear your testimony that all of these men are prophets, seers, and revelators. Invite the young women to make a list on the board of counsel given by the living prophets (bring copies of the most recent general conference issue of the Ensign or Liahona to help them remember). How does following this counsel bless their lives and the lives of their families?
  • Give each young woman a small card. Invite the young women to read one of President Monson’s recent talks and find a statement that they would like to write on the card to take home and display in their rooms or save in their scriptures. Ask them to share their statements and explain why they chose them.
  • Show the video “We Need Living Prophets” or read together “Prophets” in True to the Faith. Invite the young women to look for reasons it is important to listen to and follow the living prophets. Ask them to share what they find. Invite the young women to share their testimonies of the prophet.
  • Share with the class the following statement from Sister Carole F. McConkie’s talk “Live according to the Words of the Prophets”: “According to the world’s standards, following the prophet may be unpopular, politically incorrect, or socially unacceptable. But following the prophet is always right” (Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2014, 78). What are some reasons people give for not following the prophet? Invite class members to search the rest of Sister McConkie’s talk for things they could say to someone who tries to discourage them from following the prophet. Ask them to share what they find.

Ask the young women to share what they learned today. Do they understand the need for living prophets? What feelings or impressions do they have? Do they have any additional questions? Would it be helpful to spend more time on this doctrine?

Live what we are learning

Invite the young women to consider how they will live what they have learned today. Ask a few of them to share what they feel impressed to do.