Living Prophets

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According to John Taylor, what is the first thing necessary to establish the Kingdom of God on the earth?
"The first thing necessary to the establishment of his kingdom ... is to raise up a prophet and have him declare the will of God; the next is to have people yield obedience to the word of God through that prophet"
· How did Elder Hales father prepare his home to receive an Apostle?
He shoveled the walkway and cleared the snow
· What are some lessons we can learn from Ephraim Hanks when it comes to following prophets?
He rebuilt his home to make it thicker. ALWAYS follow the prophet, no matter what he says
He shaved off his whole beard
He responded to the angels visit so when the prophet asked who was ready he could answer the call immediately
According to Henry D. Moyle, what is the greatest scripture we have today?
Current Scripture (i.e. words of living prophet)
What did President Lee say about question marks and periods and following prophets?
"The trouble with us today [is that] there are too many of us who put question marks
instead of periods after what the Lord says. I want you to think about that. We shouldn't try
to spend time explaining what the Lord didn't see fit to explain. We spend useless time.
"If you would teach our people to put periods and not question marks after what the Lord has
declared, we would say, "It is enough for me to know that is what the Lord said"
· Why did Brigham Young refuse to preach to a certain group of people?
They did not take his counsel to clean up around their homes. He would not go back and preach to them until this was completed. When the prophet says to do something, it doesn't mean to do it later, it means right now!
· What can we learn from Elder Patrick Kearon regarding following prophets? (Scorpions, Mine Fields)
Mine Fields - follow exactly in the same tracks as the vehicle in front of you.
Perfect obedience to the things the prophets say.
"our prophets and apostles...continually point out the track we must follow if we would avoid a destructive blast to our souls...they tirelessly invite us to follow behind them...deviating to the right or the left of the safe track ahead of us, whether because of laziness of rebelliousness, can prove fatal to our spiritual lives. there are no exceptions to this rule."
No man can be more happy than by
_obeying the living prophet's counsel.
· Elder Brent L. Top claims that the early pioneers that we honor every July 24th had a "fire of __________.
faith"
What can we learn from the story of Stillman Pond?
He was guided by the "fire of the covenant"
He suffered and loss much including his entire family, but "despite all this Stillman Pond journeyed onward in the pioneer company."
"His testimony of the gospel and his faith in the Lord, and the fire of the covenant that burned in his soul gave him the strength to go on"
He wrote that he was "perfectly satisfied with the authorities off the Church...and considered it [his] indispensable duty to give HEED TO ALL THINGS." He followed the prophet
What does it mean to "take up our crosses?"
"Lay down those things that prevent us from faithfully following Christ"
"Deny himself of all ungodliness and every worldly lust, and keep [the] commandments
· Neal A. Maxwell stated, "Our relationship to living prophets is not one in which their sayings are a _______ from which we may take only that which pleases us."
smorgasbord
What was President Spencer W. Kimball's response when people asked him why Mormons are so happy?
"Its because we have everything--the gospel of Jesus Christ the light, the priesthood, the power, the promises, the covenants, the temples, our families, the truth."
"Generally, divorce is spelled ________on the part of one party, generally both." (
selfishness
In Bishop Glenn L. Pace's talk, "Follow the Prophet," he mentions how we can eliminate the most painful criticism from responsible nonmembers. How do we do that? (
"My counsel to members would be to relax, lighten up, mellow out, and not get so huffy. While the gospel is sacred and serious, sometimes we take ourselves a little too seriously. A sense of humor, especially about ourselves, is an attribute worthy of development. "
What was the first commandment given to the Saints the day the Church was organized?
Learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet
President Harold B. Lee said that it's not enough to follow prophets....what more must we do?
We must learn to give heed to the words and commandments that the Lord shall give through his prophet, "as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;..as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith."
J. Reuben Clark said we don't need more prophets; we need more people
with listening ears
What did Thomas S. Monson repeatedly do for the Saints in Germany?
He gave away his clothes, scriptures and other things to the saints
According to President Spencer W. Kimball, what can the truths taught in General Conference do for the world?
save the whole world from all its ills
A person is not truly converted until what happens?
Until he sees the power of God resting upon the leader of this Church, and until it goes down into his heart like fire ·
Why did Elder Packer suggest that the Church is still being organized?
"Revelation is a continuous principle in the Church. In one sense the Church is still be organized."
· How often has the word "pornography" been used in the last decade in General Conferences?
81 times
What did Charles C. Rich teach the Saints in Bear Lake Valley about following Prophets?
Even though the hardships were extremely hard in Bear Lake Valley and saints wanted to leave he said he must stay here, even if he stays alone. President Young called him here and here is where I will remain till he releases me and give me leave to go
In Hugh B. Brown's discussion with the English gentleman, what was his main point?
That we have a living prophet today and it would silly not to believe that revelation can exist in the present. And the great need for it toda
Hugh B. Brown challenged us to "name one who has given more evidence of the divine calling of Jesus Christ than did
Prophet Joseph Smith
What were the four fundamental truths that Joseph knew when he came out of the woods after the First Vision?
1. The Father and Son are separate and distinct individuals 2. The canon of scripture is not complete 3. Man was created in the bodily image of God 4. The channel between earth and heaven is open and revelation is continuous.
After the judge discussed with Hugh B. Brown he declared, "If what you have told me is true, it is the greatest message that has come to this earth since
angels announced the birth of Christ
· According to Elder Patrick Kearon, "Complete healing and peace can be found
at the feet of the Savior
What happened to Elder Kearon as a little boy when he chose to disobey his parents and wear flip-flops instead of shoes?
He stepped on a scorpion while wandering through the desert and had to be taken to the hospital.
Who is the prophet who served in 1918 and was inspired to teach us about the Word of Wisdom?
President Heber J. Grant
What does section 81 of Doctrine and Covenants instruct a counselor in the First Presidency to do?
D&C 81:3-5 "Wherefore, be faithful; stand in the office which I have appointed unto you; succor the weak, lift up the hands which hang down and strengthen the feeble knees."
What are some of President Monson's Christlike Qualities?
selfless
a spirit of giving
looks to the one
loves all he meets
· What portrait hangs in the office of President Monson?
A pictures of the Savior that he has had with him and brought everywhere he goes since he was a bishop
What do we learn about following Prophets from Elijah in the Old Testament?
Follow the prophets in faith→ sometimes it won't make full sense at first or we won't know the extent of our sacrifice but to follow in faith.
What did President Monson do for Mark Mendenhall?
Collected stamps? Recognized him years later at BYU
You should know about Priesthood Keys.
The President of the Church holds and directs the use of all priesthood keys. The priesthood is the power and authority of God delegated to man, the keys are the right to direct the use of that power. The president of the Church holds the keys also the first presidency and the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. However, only the President of the Church has the right to exercise them in their fulness.
What key was Peter given in Matthew 16?
sealing keys
Who holds the keys to govern the entire Church? Who can exercise those keys?
The quorum of the twelve and the prophet and his counselors. The prophet is the only one authorized to use all of the keys.
According to Elder Robert D. Hales, what is our greatest security?
Learning to listen to and obey the words and commandments that the Lord has given through living prophets
What did President Spencer W. Kimball do when he stood before Thorvaldsden's Christus Statue in Copenhagen, Denmark?
He bore his testimony to the caretaker stating that there are living Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ and that they hold the real keys. He also gave him a Book of Mormon in Danish.
Know briefly the general concepts in President Benson's landmark address: "Fourteen Fundamentals to Follow the Prophet."
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 earthly 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 be involved in 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 bless; reject them and suffer
Brigham Young taught, "I would rather have the living oracles than
all the written works
· What were the three great tests that Job had to endure and that we should all be prepared to face at some period in our lives? (
1) temporary setbacks
2)physical illness
3) depression
What did President Spencer W. Kimball's wife tell him after he accepted his call to be one of the Twelve Apostles?
"You can do it, Spencer. You can do it."
When approached for his hard work ethic, President Kimball declared, "I am not afraid of death. What I am afraid of is
that I will meet the Savior and he will say, 'You could have done better
· What blessings did President Brigham Young promise to the saints in the Salt Lake Valley? (Readings, 45)
God has shown me that this is the spot to locate His people, and here is where they will prosper; He will temper the elements for the good of His Saints; He will rebuke the frost and the sterility of the soil, and the land shall become fruitful."
What does Elder Kevin R. Duncan believe to be one of the crowning blessings of membership in the Church? (Readings, 45)
"Surely one of the crowning blessings of membership in this Church, is the blessing of being led by living prophets of God."
President Ezra Taft Benson declared that, "Our very salvation hangs on
following the prophet
What was one of the first things Elder Randall K. Bennett and his wife worked on when they first got married?
Food storage (following the prophet)
When we listen to a prophet's words, we also must do what?
Following the counsel in a visible way, not outward display of devotion, manifest our obedience in smaller, more personal way. Also pay close attention when they quote other apostles and prophets - this is establishing His truth by two or three witnesses.
· How are the Latter-Day Prophets "Men for All Seasons"?
(look at slide 3 in Lesson 3) They all have different personalities and characters about themselves. Joseph Smith was Charismatic, Lorenzo Snow was Spirituality, Vision, Revelation etc.
What was Joseph Smith engaged in doing during the last months of his life with the Quorum of the Twelve?
He gave them the endowments and conducted them through every ordinance of the holy priesthood
What are some of the general principles of succession in the presiden
1) The Lord established the order of succession for the president of the church 2) The Quorom of the Twelve Apostles presides over the Church when the president dies 3) Seniority in the Quorom of the Twelve decides who presides 4) Church members sustain the newly-called president of the church
· What happened after the death of Joseph Smith regarding who would be the new prophet?
Sidney Ridgon claimed that the Church needed a guardian, and that he was that guardian. But as he was speaking he couldn't and was embarrassed and his talk fell very flat. After President Young arose and addressed the congregation, and those who were present all said that as he spoke it was as it was Joseph's voice and his person, in look and attitude, dress and appearance was Joseph himself
· What are some lessons we can learn about succession after the death of President Harold B. Lee?
The first presidency is dissolved and the senior apostle takes his place as the head of the apostles.
President Spencer W. Kimball taught that the two key factors for determining who will be the next President of the Church are death and
life
· What did Elder Loren C. Dunn want to be known for?
One who is willing to give allegiance to and follow a prophet of God.
Who claimed that his authority was superior to that of the 12 and ended up being excommunicated on September 8, 1844, and establishing his own church?
Sidney Rigdon
What happened to Emma Smith, Joseph's widow?
She didn't go with the saint and became embittered against the twelve. She joined the RLDS church
Where was Winter Quarters located?
On the Banks of the Missouri River
What was President Grant's favorite song?
do what is right
How many prophets have there been in the LDS church since the Restoration (including the current one, today)
16
What was the story behind President David O. McKay's painting his wall?
A women painted the painting which supposed to be a picture of Mckay's ancestral home- but instead she accidently painted the house next door. Which Mckay's says "In reality she painted the right house because whenever i looked at the view I saw the house she painted.
What was President Lee's favorite food?
bread & milk
What would President Hinckley do while riding in the cart underground to his meeting in the Salt Lake Temple?
During the cold winter months he always wore a coat and a hat during the brief ride. As the cart passed under Main Street he knew when they were within the confines of the temple. He would remove his hat and place it in his lap. An expression of reverence.
· What was the first thing Elder Romney asked Elder Kimball after President Lee passed away?
"President Kimball, what would you like me to do?"
Thomas S Monson
Advertising Executive at Deseret News
Eyring
Professor at Stanford, President of Ricks College
Uchtdorf
Head Pilot/Senior Vice Pres. of Lufthansa Airlines
Packer
General Assistant Administrator Seminary & Institute
L Tom Perry
Corporate Executive, Retail Business, Boston Area
Russel M Nelson
heart surgeon
Oaks
Utah Supreme Court Justice
M Russel Ballard
Sold used Cars
Scott
Engineer, Nuclear Navy
Hales
Corporate Executive with Gillette, Papermate, Maxfactor, and Cheseborough-Ponds
Holland
President of BYU/Church Commissioner of Ed.
Bednar
Professor at University of Arkansas/BYUI Pres.
Cook
Prominent Attorney in California
Christofferson
Prominent Attorney in Washington, D.C., Tennessee, Virginia, and North Carolina
Neil L. Andersen
Vice President Of Morton Plant Health System, Tampa, Florida
Who was the oldest Apostle at the time of his call?
Cook-66
youngesst at time of call?
Monson 36
How old was Thomas S. Monson when he was called to be an Apostle?
36
What are Apostolic Keys?
Keys held by the Twelve as prophets, seers and revelators entitle them to receive revelation and guidance from the Holy Ghost as needed in performing the duties given them by the President of the Church
How necessary is it for Apostles to see the Savior?
It is their privilege to see him if occasion requires, but the Lord has taught that there is a stronger witness then seeing a personage, even of the Son of God, in a vision...
Who did President David O. McKay liken his testimony of the Savior too?
Thomas's (John 20:28)
What is apostolic charge?
The apostles have the duty to be examples and always strive to do all they can for the church. They are to be humble, proclaim the gospel , and always be faithful
What have Latter-day Prophets said concerning their knowledge of Christ? The
The twelve disciples of Christ are supposed to be eye and ear witnesses of the divine mission of Jesus Christ. It is not permissible for them to say, I believe, simply; I have accepted it simply because I believe it. The Lord informs us they must know, they must get the knowledge for themselves, it must be with them as though they had seen with their eyes and heard with their ears and they know the truth. That is their mission, to testify of Jesus Christ and Him crucified and risen from the dead and clothed now with almighty power at the right hand of God, the savior of the world
According to President John Taylor, what must we do when we hold up our right hand and sustain a member of the church?
"We hold up our right hand when voting in token before GOd that we will sustain those for whom we vote; and if we cannot feel to sustain them we ought not to hold up our hands, because to do this, would be to act the part of hypocrites..For when we lift up our hands in this way, it is in token to God that we are sincere in what we do, and that we will sustain the parties we vote for
How does the Lord's way compare to the way of the world?
The Lord's way is quiet, it is a way of peace, it is without fanfare or monetary costs
What happens when the prophet is ill or not able to function fully in all of the duties of his office? (Readings, 84)
His two Counselors together comprise a Quorum of the First Presidency. They carry on with the day-to-day work of the Presidency. In exceptional circumstances, when only one may be able to function, he may act in the authority of the office of the Presidency as set forth in the D&C section 102
No decision emanates from the deliberations of the First Presidency and the Twelve without
total unanimity among all convened
What are the three things that "twice-yearly gatherings" (aka general conference) declare to the world?
They declare eagerly and unequivocally that there is again a living prophet on the earth.
Each of these conferences marks a call to action not only in our own lives but also on behalf of others around us.
Is a declaration to all the world that Jesus is the Christ,, that He and His Father, the God and Father of us all, appeared to the boy prophet Joseph Smith.
President Kimball declared, "My life is like my shoes
to be worn out in service
Anderson born and raised?
Born in Logan, Utah 1951; raised on a dairy farm in Pocatello, Idaho
How did Anderson family drive to church?
Drive ninety miles to church
hen he lost his pet _________; he prayed, and the ______ was found.
rabbit
Where did he serve his mission?
France Bordeaux Mission (1970-1972)
Where did he go to College?
Bachelor's degree from BYU; MBA from Harvard
What experience did he have in high school that would shape his life?
He represented Idaho in the Student Burgesses, in Virginia to discuss challenges facing democracy
What kind of animal did he have to help his father "clean" after it had been hit by a car?
STEER
How was Elder Andersen comforted when the time came for his mission? How did the Lord answer his prayer when he said, "I know so little."
He prayed to the Lord and the feeling came: "You don't know everything, but you know enough!" That reassurance gave him the courage to take the next step into the mission field
What talk changed his life as a BYU Student? Which Apostle gave the talk?
President Hinckley's talk, "It's True Isn't It? "
What kind of father was Elder Andersen? What activities did he enjoy with his children?
A devoted father. He took each one individually to breakfast with him once a month. Play basketball, and always had time to listen and to give sound advice
Explain his "One-on-One" ministry: (Lora McPhearson)
with the ability of Elder Andersen to carry out his global and family responsibilities and still take time for the one. He is truly an example of the Savior's admonition to seek out and serve those in need.
how did the Andersen Family feel about following prophets? Evidence?
they believed it to be very important. The mother bought a copy of the talks so that they could read and study and mark them together, even though it was a lot of money. Because it is worth everything to their family.
Be Familiar with Elder Andersen's talks in the Readings Packet. (What happened to Bill Forrest?)
Bill taught his family about Christ and the gospel well enough that when he died in a car accident their faith helped them to recover from his loss.
What was wrong with Elder Neil L. Anderson's lawn?
invested with mole crickets
What does it take to make sure your family does family prayer, home evening, gospel study and instruction, and wholesome family activities?
we have to give them (scripture study, FHE, etc.) highest priority
What question does Elder Anderson believe we should be asking ourselves?
"What thinks Christ of me?"
· What did the little girl Jami Palmer Brinton give President Monson, after he assisted her father in giving her a blessing? (Readings, 125)
*A balloon that he kept and gave back to her when she got better.
What can we learn from the Olgan and Soline Saintelus family about discipleship in action? (Readings, 125)
As we trust in the Savior, promised miracles will occur
· Elder Anderson declares in his talk "Tell Me the Stories of Jesus" that "In our world today, each child, each young man and woman, needs
his her own conversion to the truth
hat does Elder Anderson promise mothers who are raising their children without a father in the home? (Readings, 128)
As you speak of Jesus Christ, you will feel the power of heaven blessing you
Christofferson born and raised
Born: American Fork. Raised in Lehi with his grandparents
what disease did Christoferson mother overcome?
cancer in the shoudler and neck
christofferson stole from store?
candy bar
What did Christofferson learn about self-worth from raising lambs? (
(Righteous) Pride comes from accomplishment and hard-work, not just because we exist and "deserve" praise for that.
What did Elder Christofferson learn from being a true shepherd?
that there are true undershepherds and teachers who are patient and kind and willingly teach us of love and obedience and offer us security and freedom within the flock so that, though we may be far from the shelter, we'll recognize the Master's voice when He calls
what did Cristofferson learn in the sacred grove?
he learned that you don't have to be in a certain/special place to get revelation.
where did Christofferson go to grad school?
Bachelors from BYU, Juris Doctorate from Duke University
Christoffeson serve his mission?
Argentina (64-66)
Christoffersons mission president?
Elder Scott
Where did Chris. meet his wife?
at a BYU football game
What kind of "son" was he? How did he help his mother when she was ill?
He was a great influence on his brothers, he gathered his brothers to pray for their mother. He made her homemade bread
When Elder Christofferson was a stake president, a man came to him to confess a transgression who had been an active member of the Church for years. What did Christofferson believe had happened?
The man had never become truly converted
· What is the first step we take to being truly converted?
lay aside any feeling of pride
According to Elder Christofferson, how should you go about "studying" the scriptures?
rereading, pondering, praying for understanding, listening for spiritual impressions
How does Elder Christofferson suggest we pray?
pour out our souls in private; about our hopes, fears, friends, family, school, work, needs of those around us
What does the title of Elder Christofferson's CES Fireside talk "A Sense of the Sacred" mean?
appreciation and reverence for sacred things
· What does Elder Christofferson counsel us to have a sense of the sacred for? i
if one does not appreciate holy things, he will lose them; with a sense of the sacred, one grows in understanding and truth; his end is eternal life
According to the study by the University of Pennsylvania, what percent of college-educated white women were married by age 40? (
86%
What does Elder Christofferson counsel young men to do in regards to missionary work?
"Consider it. You have no time to waste. You can't wait to get serious about preparing until you are 17 or 18."
In regards to a man out of work the Church states, "The church cannot hope to save a man on Sunday if
during the week it is a complacent witness to the crucifixion of his soul_
How was Phil's Auto of Centerville, Utah a testament of what priesthood leadership and a quorum can accomplish? (
Phil was let go from his job as a mechanic, so his priesthood leaders and quorum helped him set up his own successful business.
Elder James E. Faust reported that prophets have turned into
celestial transmitting stations.
What did Stillmond Pond learn about following prophets?
When God asks you to do something, he will provide a way to accomplish it
What trial did the Spencer Family face when they left Nauvoo?
Catherine's parents wrote her a letter stating they would disown her if she followed the Mormons. (
What lessons can be learned by Ephraim Hanks regarding following prophets?
16 inch walls, trimming his beard, leaving to help saints, obeyed the prophet to the letter, we ought to follow the prophet promptly (Readings, 1-3).
What metaphor did Elder Neal A. Maxwell use regarding following prophets?
We are to partake of all that is placed before us, including the spinach, and to leave a clean plate!
What counsel did President Spencer W. Kimball give to the Saints regarding the upkeep of their homes?
He asked the people to take stock of their own dwellings and properties
What did President Spencer W. Kimball believe is the main cause for divorce?
selishness
According to Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, what are some of the contemporary trials that afflict the Saints?
morality
George Q. Cannon taught that the Church has never been one moment without
revelation