Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

January 2016

Dear Sister,

Our Stake President, President Boyack, asked us to use President Benson’s talk “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet” as our Visiting Teaching message this month. I loved reading this talk and having a reminder of the importance of Prophets. How lucky we are to have a living Prophet in our day, and to also have the Apostles to guide us. The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve are also Prophets, Seers, and Revelators, but only one person on the earth holds all the keys of the Priesthood – the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, currently Thomas S. Monson.

We have fifteen leaders in the church to lead and guide us. They speak for the Lord. If the Lord were here we’d listen to Him, so let’s listen to them. (“Whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.”) What a blessing it is for us to have living Prophets on the earth in our day! I love the third fundamental President Benson (Prophet) pointed out:

Third: The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.

God’s revelation to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the Ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore the most important prophet so far as you and I are concerned is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each month in our Church Magazines. Our instructions about what we should do for each six months are found in the General Conference addresses which are printed in the Church magazine.

Beware of those who would set up the dead prophets against the living prophets, for the living prophets always take precedence.

I love how he told us the living Prophet’s counsel is more important than a dead Prophet’s counsel. Surely, a dead Prophet’s words can build our testimonies and strengthen our faith, but the important thing to remember is to listen to our current Prophet and do what he says. I’m reminded of a line from a primary song, “Follow the Prophet, he knows the way.”

Let’s listen to and read the words of the Prophet whenever we can, and let’s do what he says. Think of the Prophet as lighthouse light shining the way for us to walk safely back to the Father. President Boyack was inspired to tell us to read this talk and we can be inspired, too, by its message. We hope you’ll find counsel and comfort in hearing and/or reading the words of the Prophet.

We love you,
Jade and Taleen

Click here to read President Benson’s Talk, “Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet
Click here to read the visiting teaching message this month