This past weekend, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, gathered or watched from their homes the 187th semi-annual General Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the reasons I love being a member of this church is because we have a living prophet (just like Moses, Elijah, or Noah in the Bible) guiding us today.
This world can be a scary place. Just look at what happened in Las Vegas recently. My home town. I was born and raised there, and know of a friend who lost a nephew in the shooting. He was only 20 years old. My other friend I used to babysit for when I lived there was at that concert as well with her husband. Luckily, they weren’t hit by any bullets, but for a while, they were scared for their lives. My town is shaken by this tragedy. So is the whole nation.
Others have recently been displaced by hurricanes, earthquakes, and other natural disasters. Families are being torn apart around the globe, others are made to be refugees by evil men in control in places. There is a lot of things that can cause fear, and shake our foundations of faith.
But one thing should make us all grateful, and have enough faith to begin casting away paralyzing fear. We have a living prophet upon the earth. Right now. God has not left us alone.
Our prophet today is Thomas S. Monson, President of our Church, and we believe that He is called of God and given priesthood keys to direct God’s kingdom on the earth today. He isn’t just the prophet for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He is the prophet for the whole earth. All men and women who listen and heed his counsel will be blessed as if they listened and heeded the words of God…because they are the same.
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets . (Amos 3:7)
Last April, our prophet gave us counsel to read, study, and ponder the Book of Mormon every day, and to apply its teachings to our life.
We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness. What will protect us from the sin and evil so prevalent in the world today? I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true—and I solemnly testify that it is—then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Because the Book of Mormon is true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth, and the holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children.
If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study.
My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. – Thomas S. Monson (prophet)
I know Pres. Monson is a prophet today, and I know Jesus Christ guides him in what to say and do to lead His Church at this time. Just as ancient people were blessed for following prophets, and cursed when they didn’t, so we can be led safely through a wicked and scary world today if we listen and then follow our prophet.
I thank God for a prophet. Miracles have not ceased. The heavens have not shut their doors. God still lives, and leads those who will have Him be their God. How grateful I am for that, and that there are Apostles to assist the prophet in God’s work. I loved listening to each of them this past weekend. We lost one to death this past Sunday–Elder Robert D. Hales–but God will choose another to replace him, and His work will go on. What a blessing and relief to know that there is a man set apart on the earth today to talk to God, receive counsel for how to direct His kingdom, and how to bless the lives of all God’s children alive on the earth at this time. Through trouble and hard times, let us sing this praise: