This upcoming weekend (April 3-4), Mormons everywhere will take some time to listen to the prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson. Each year, during the first weeks of April and October, Mormons have a special meeting called “General Conference.” This is where we can hear from living apostles and the prophet.
Yesterday, I was thinking about being able to listen to a modern-day prophet, so I e-mailed a few of my friends about it. I asked them a couple of questions, and below I’ll share some of their responses.
Do you believe there is currently a prophet of God on the earth?
Yes, I do.
Yes. I believe it’s an act of God’s love.
Is it important for there to be a prophet today? If so, why?
Yes, because the world is ever changing and while principles may remain the same, applications are varied.
Yes. We need God’s direction today more than ever before. People that want to do the right thing don’t know what the right thing even is, or even if there IS a right thing, because of all of the false ideas (that are often combined with some half-truths) that are so widely propagated. As a result, too many good people wander around and get lost in life because they have no direction. A prophet of God can teach us what is right and what is wrong, and help us avoid dark paths and find the true way to happiness.
Yes. I picture him as the liaison between God and us in a more literal sense, than just by prayer and personal revelation alone. He directs the world as a whole because they are all under his care
What does it mean to you to be able to listen to a modern day prophet?
It means so much more to me the older I get. They give council and advice that applies to my modern day problems. The older I get the more problems I get. I love listening to the modern day prophet to see what the Lord wants me to do today.
I probably do not appreciate it enough. Sometimes hindsight shows me that I should have listened better.
Any other thoughts or comments?
I know that God lives, and that He loves us. He is our Father. We can return to live with Him again after this life. This is possible because Jesus Christ atoned for our sins, which enables us to repent and become better people when we make mistakes. I know that Jesus lives today.
I know that there is a modern day prophet and that he is called of the one true God.
The Prophet directs us to follow Jesus Christ, who is our Savior. If you are interested in hearing what the Prophet of God has to say, take a look at the following website.