Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

On February 26, 1980 in a Brigham Young University address Ezra Taft Benson, who was then president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gave a “grand key” of knowledge. It was to “Follow the Prophet”. In reference to the upcoming 85th birthday, soon to be celebrated by the Prophet Spencer W. Kimball who was prophet at the time, Benson stated that the best way to honor him would be to simply, “Follow the Prophet.” President Benson then gave fourteen fundamentals in following the prophet. Listen carefully as he expounds on each of them in the video below.

I believe that these fourteen fundamentals are still important for us today. Soon we will have the opportunity once again to be instructed directly from our Prophet and other church leaders during General Conference in April. Some of the direction and counsel we will be asked to live may seem hard. Perhaps some of the correction they have to offer may be stinging, or some may even have cause to find offense. I believe that the inspirational message that President Benson gave nearly 30 years ago, is just the counsel we need to hear today, for as he stated, “our salvation depends on them.”

“Not only is the Church growing in number today, it is growing in faithfulness and, even more important, our young generation, as a group, is even more faithful than the older generation. God has reserved you for the eleventh hour—the great and dreadful day of the Lord (D&C 110:16). It will be your responsibility not only to help to carry the kingdom to a triumph but to save your own soul and strive to save those of your family and to honor the principles of the inspired constitution of the United States.” Ezra Taft Benson

“Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet”

  • 1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
  • 2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
  • 3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
  • 4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
  • 5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
  • 6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus Saith the Lord,” to give us scripture.
  • 7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
  • 8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
  • 9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
  • 10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
  • 11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
  • 12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
  • 13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency—the highest quorum in the Church.
  • 14. The prophet and the presidency—the living prophet and the First Presidency—follow them and be blessed—reject them and suffer.

Have you ever felt that the counsel given from our leaders was hard to follow? How did you deal with that dilemma?

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