Sep 25, 2008

Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet

I came across a beautiful talk last night written by President Ezra T. Benson.  Its title is "Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet," and it was delivered in February of 1980 at BYU.  I would highly recommend reading the full talk.  It is not very long, and is concise and easy to read.  Here's a teaser to what he spoke about:
  1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
  2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
  3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
  4. The prophet will never lead the church astray.
  5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthy training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
  6. The prophet does not have to say "Thus Saith the Lord," to give us scripture.
  7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
  8. The prophet is not limited by men's reasoning.
  9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
  10. The prophet may advise on civic matters.
  11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
  12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
  13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency - the highest quorum in the church.
  14. The prophet and the presidency - the living prophet and the First Presidency - follow them and be blessed - reject them and suffer.
The explanations that President Benson gives with each of these truths are very well written.  As you read them, particularly keeping in mind the many varied reactions among members in regard to Proposition 8 in California, you'll notice how prophetic these truths are.  We all would do well to study these "fourteen fundamentals . . . for our salvation depends on them."
Click here for the link to the talk.

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