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thomas s monson“And Ammon said that a seer is a revelator and a prophet also; and a gift which is greater can no man have, except he should possess the power of God, which no man can; yet a man may have great power given him from God.

But a seer can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known.

Thus God has provided a means that man, through faith, might work mighty miracles; therefore he becometh a great benefit to his fellow beings.” 

(Mosiah 8:16-18)

Whenever i say to people outside The Church, about the fact that I believe in modern day prophets, what they hear is the word ‘profit.’ Now, I am not saying that The Church, goes out of its way to make profits, yet, every organisation needs money to function and the Church is no different. Yet, there is no other church on the earth at this time, that i know of, that as at its head a Prophet of God.

So what is a prophet?

Many will know of ancient prophets, such as Adam, Abraham, Moses and Noah to names a few in the Bible, but what did these men do? Firstly a Prophet is called of God, to teach all of God’s children, throughout the world about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. They are also known as Seers and Revelators, meaning that they are shown things, through the Spirit, about what is to come in the world and are given instruction on how to prepare for each event.

For instance, the Word of Wisdom was given by revelation to the world on the 27 February 1833. The word of wisdom is a guide on how to eat well, to stay well and although it was given more than 180 years ago, it is much more prevalent today than it was when it was first given.

Is revelation still given today?

Yes. Today we have a living Prophet, President Thomas S Monson who presides over the Church as its President and over the world. He is now 89 years old and yet he continues to fulfill God’s mission, ‘to teach the gospel unto all the world.’ Twice a year the Church holds a General Conference, the last one being given in April. There are 5 sessions, each 2 hours in length. Although there are assigned speakers, they are not told what to speak on. (you can watch it all here, or you can watch it in part)

This is what President Thomas S Monson had to say at the Sunday morning session –