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A Prophet Today

What would you do if Noah was on the earth? Would you listen up and pay attention to what he said? Why would you do that? I think I can answer all those questions. We have read the story of Noah and the Ark. We know that there is going to be flood.

So if Noah was on the earth we would listen to him. We may not have Noah here on the earth, but we do have a living prophet. If they are both called of God, would it not be important to listen to what he says and do it. When we understand the importance and blessing of having a prophet, we also understand God’s amazing love for us.

We learn from one Old Testament prophet that “the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servant the prophets”(Amos 3:7). God has promised that he will do nothing until he has revealed it unto his prophet.

We have no need to worry. We have an early warning system in the form of a prophet.  As long as we listen to his counsel, and ask God if it is his will,we will never be led astray.

To watch and listen to a prophet, watch General Conference. Its  April 2 & 3 at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. MDT.click here to watch General Conference.

March 29, 2011 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Broken…

Ever notice how often we break things. I am constantly remind about how often things get broken. But what amazes me is that after things are broken they can come back better than before.

Now you are probably thinking how in the world can a broken thing come back better. Once a glass window shatters, its done for. But there are other things; broken soil is better able to have a crop, a broken fortune cookie to get the fortune, broken clouds are more likely to give rain, the list goes on and on. The same is true for us. When we are broken-hearted we are more likely to turn to God(3 Nephi 12:19). It is when we are broken that He can build us into something better.

As a missionary, I am constantly in contact with those who are broken. Life has worked at them and they are broken in spirit. They want to be fixed and many times have no idea how. Then we come along. And I will be honest, I don’t know how to fix anyone. But I do know that Christ does know. I don’t fix anyone or heal anyone, I point  them towards Christ. I give them the things the need to follow Christ. Some of those things are simple; the scriptures, prayer, coming to church. As they draw nearer to Christ he fixes them.

It is when we are broken, that we become better. Think about it. Thomas Jefferson failed thousands of times before he succeeded, was he broken.  Albert Einstein, as a child was told that he was stupid, was he broken. Joseph Smith barely had a third grade education, was he broken. In some way or another we are all broken. It is when we are broken that we can be fixed and become instruments in God’s hands(Mosiah 27:36).

To learn more visit Mormon.org

February 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Attitude of Gratitude

Recently, my companion and I were walking down the main road in the community in which we are serving. It was very cold and the wind was bitter. I had a lot to be thankful for, and instead, I complained about the wind. In that moment, I decided to stop whining and  to be grateful for the wind. With the help of my companion, we came up with a list of why we are grateful for the wind. Here are some of our reasons; it moves the clouds away, it is very important in weather, it provides energy via windmills, gets rid of stinky smells,etc.  Even though it was difficult, I was able to be grateful for the wind.

So very often we forget to express gratitude. No matter what situation life finds you, it is possible to have a grateful heart. It may not be easy, but it is possible.  Gratitude is developed over time and takes lots of practice. One way to develop gratitude is by praying. A modern-day prophet has said something to the effect that as we strive to express gratitude to our Heavenly Father, through prayer, we develop a grateful heart. He continued by saying, “This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude”(Thomas S. Monson).

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I would like to express my gratitude for a multitude of blessings in my life. Some may seem strange but are truly gifts. I am thankful for modern convenience. I have no idea how I would live without electricity and indoor plumbing. There is a reason why I live in the twentieth century. I am grateful for people. Foremost, my parents, then all the amazing people who have touched my life, those here in Western New York and elsewhere. I am grateful for a companion who helps find the blessings in whatever situation we are placed.

Most of all, I am grateful to my Father in Heaven. For his amazing love that he has for each of us and especially me. I am grateful that he loved us enough to send his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth. I am grateful for my Savior, who made it possible for us to return to our Father in Heaven again. I am grateful for this time that he is allowing me to serve him, in what little way that I can.

To learn more about gratitude visit Mormon.org

Learn what a modern-day prophet says on gratitude.

November 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm 1 comment

Come Listen to A Prophet’s Voice

In ancient times God always spoke to his children through a prophet, his mouthpiece on earth. A prophet was a man called of God and chosen to declare God’s word among his people. If the people listened to the prophet they were blessed. If they choose not to listen to a prophet they suffered the consequences. A classic example is of Noah. Noah was called of God. He was commanded to build an ark. Those people who listen to Noah, got on the ark and lived. Those who didn’t, missed the boat and drowned.

So if God spoke to his people in ancient times via a prophet, wouldn’t it make sense that he would do the same today. The Book of Mormon speaks of a time when people would say that God cares no more about his children and that they would deny his power(2 Nephi 28:5-6). Those who say that God no longer speaks to his children today and there is no more prophets are wrong. God does speak and he speaks through living prophets.

God speaks today through a living prophet. That living prophet is Thomas S. Monson. He has been called and chosen by God to be his mouthpiece. To speak to the people what they need to hear. Every six months there is a General Conference. At this conference the prophet speaks and tells us what God wants us to know.

We then have a very important job. It is up to us to take what we have learned and ask God. Ask God if it is truly his word. If this man is truly a prophet today. If he is, then what he says is vitally important. We also have a heavy responsibility. When we receive an answer we need to act on it and do what God has told us to do. God will never ask of us anything that we can not accomplish with his help (1 Nephi 3:7).

So to learn if there is a prophet today watch General Conference. It starts on October 2 & 3 at 10:00 a.m. MST and 2:00 p.m. MST. Click here to watch General Conference.

October 2, 2010 at 2:42 pm 2 comments

Lost Truths

When God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to the boy, Joseph Smith, it was the start of  having the full Gospel of Jesus Christ on the earth, again. Truths that had been lost for hundreds of years were restored. And once again there was a prophet to lead God’s children.

When Christ was on the earth, he established the kingdom of God. He taught true principles and gave us the hope and faith to return to our Heavenly Father. He knew that his time on earth would be short. In order to maintain the principles that he taught, he called 12 apostles and gave them authority to teach and be mouthpieces for the will of God. (Ephesians 2:20, Ephesians 4:11)

After Christ was rejected and killed, his apostles continued in the faith. The taught correct principles and helped others come unto Christ and come closer to their Father in Heaven. Eventually the apostles were also rejected and killed. Once they were gone, there was no one to lead the Church that was established by Christ.

The Church that was established by Christ can be compared to a large mirror. This mirror is on the wall and is held up a nail and by twelve pieces of the strongest tape. Christ is the nail and after his death, that nail is removed. The twelve pieces of tape hold the mirror up. But one by one the apostles were killed and a piece of tape was ripped away from the mirror. Eventually all the apostles were rejected and killed. The mirror fell from the wall and shattered.

Even though the mirror was shattered, there were still good people who recognized the pieces of the mirror and the truth they contained. One group of people would gather a few pieces and build a church around and another group would gather a few different pieces and build a church around it.Other pieces of the mirror were crushed and lost. They all had pieces of the truth but not the full truth, not the full mirror.

When Joseph Smith prayed, he was asking what church was Christ’s church. He was answered that none of them were. (Isaiah 29:13) They had pieces of the truth, but not the full truth.( 2 Thessalonians 2:3) He was from that time forth prepared and molded to become a prophet of God. To restore the true and correct principles that Christ taught and to reestablish Christ’s Church once again upon the earth.

To learn more visit Mormon.org

June 19, 2010 at 10:57 am Leave a comment

Why a need for a prophet?

God has always called a prophet to lead his children. When we have problems we turn to the scriptures. Prophets wrote the scriptures. If the scriptures are the word of God, then we know that God always reveals his will to his servants. (Amos 3:7)

The reason why God reveals his words to his servants is because of his great love for each of us. He knew that when we came to this earth, we would need guidance. In order for that to happen he needed a mouthpiece. One who is authorized to speak for Him. That person is a prophet.

Prophets are called all throughout history. We have our favorites-Noah, Moses, Daniel, David. These men were called of God to declare His word to His children. In order to distinguish prophets, there were very distinctive qualities given to define a prophet.

Qualities of a prophet

A prophet of God will have all of these qualities and more. The greatest test is what is the result of what he has done. In addition to these qualities, we have an amazing resource for our use. We can ask God if someone is a prophet or not.

The reasons why God calls a prophet today

  • God loves us
  • He has the same power he did in ancient times
  • We need His guidance

For these three simple reasons is why God called prophets in the past. And since he doesn’t change he has again called a prophet for our day. Christ showed us how to return to our Heavenly Father, He had the “words of eternal life” (John 6:68). Since Christ is no longer upon the earth we receive his words through a prophet.

To learn more about prophets visit Mormon.org

June 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment


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