I am, and have always been, a very indecisive girl. I use to cry about choosing a Barbie Doll from the toy store because I couldn’t decide which one I wanted. As teenagers, we are faced with many important decisions in the next few years of our lives that can, and will affect our eternity. I have always struggled with making decisions, whether big like choosing a career or small like choosing a Barbie Doll. Thankfully a career or a Barbie are wonderful decisions to be faced with. However, there are many temptations in this world and dangerous decisions that can be fatal to our spirits. How thankful we should be and how thankful I am for a prophet to guide me through these difficult times.
As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints –commonly known as the Mormons—I follow the words of a living prophet because of the guidance I receive from doing so.
While the scriptures are the main source to learn the way of the Lord, I also believe we are provided with a prophet, the Lord’s mouth piece, to further our understandings. The prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, gives direct revelation for our day. He reveals answers to the questions that face us in this time. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of prophets and the blessings and guidance we receive when we faithfully follow them.
“We either have a prophet or we have nothing; and having a prophet, we have everything”
– President Gordon B. Hinckley
“What is a prophet?” This question is commonly asked by those not accustomed to having a prophet at the head of their church. Prophets are men called of God to testify the sweet and joyful message of this gospel, to warn clearly of sin and the consequences that follow, and to prophesy of future events.
The prophet, seer, and revelator today is Thomas S. Monson. There have been prophets on the earth since the days of Adam. Prophets of old include Noah, Moses, Peter, Paul, and Nephi. All prophets have and continue to provide guidance and love to the people of their time. Prophets are inspired men that make the will of the Lord known. President Wilford Woodruff spoke on the topic of trusting the prophet. He said “ The Lord will never permit me or any other man who stands as President of this church to lead you astray. It is not in the program. It is not in the mind of God. If I were to attempt that, the Lord would remove me out of my place.”
I will always trust the prophet to guide the church and my life personally because he is called of God and only speaks of His will. I follow prophets because of the blessings that result. Commandments are given for the safety of our spirits. If I fail to observe our prophet’s counsel, I put myself in harm’s way. The heavens are not closed to me or you and we do not have to face this world alone. When we follow the commandments of the prophets, countless blessings pour down from heaven.