Follow/Listen to the Prophet

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“There is safety in following the word of the Lord through His prophets. God called President Thomas S. Monson, the counselors in the First Presidency, and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators. In this world of increasing fear, distraction, adversity, and anger, we can look to them to see how disciples of Jesus Christ—filled with charity—look, sound, and react to issues that could be divisive. They testify of Jesus Christ and respond with charity, the pure love of Jesus Christ, whose witnesses they are.”

Carole M. Stephens, First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,” 2015 General Conference

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“A woman of faith trusts God and faces adversity with hope. She knows of His interest in her life. She knows that He knows her. She loves His words and drinks deeply of that living water. She is grateful for the prophet He has sent for these latter days, and she trusts his counsel and follows it, for she knows that by so doing she will find safety and peace.”

Margaret D. Nadauld, Young Women General President
A Woman of Faith,” October 2002 General Conference

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“Covenants save us from needless suffering. For example, when we obey the prophet’s guidance, we are keeping a covenant.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
With Holiness of Heart,” October 2002 General Conference

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“…go where the Spirit directs. Be still and listen. Your Heavenly Father will guide you as you draw near to Him. Immerse yourself in the holy word of the prophets, both ancient and modern, and the Spirit will speak to you. Be patient, ask in faith, and you will receive guidance in your creative efforts.”

Mary Ellen Smoot, Relief Society General President
We Are Creators,” April 2000 General Conference

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“In chapter 17 of 1 Kings we read about a humble widow who lived in Zarephath during a time of great scarcity of food because of the drought. This humble woman possessed no more than a handful of meal and a little oil for herself and for her son. With these she planned to prepare a final meal and then die. The prophet Elijah asked her to first give him something to eat with the promise that if she did so the meal and the oil would not decrease until it rained again:
 
“ ‘And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah’.
 
“Thus we see how, when people listen to and accept with humility and simple faith the words of the prophets, they receive the Lord’s blessings.”
 
Francisco J. Vinas, Second Quorum of the Seventy
Listening to the Voice of the Lord,” October 1996 General Conference
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“Listen with new ears. Read and reread the messages. Is the Lord using his prophets to answer your prayers? Is the Lord using his prophets to send you a message that you are loved and are on the right road—that fundamentally your swing is great? Is the Lord using his prophets to give you some instructions to practice or warnings to act on?”

Virginia H. Pearce, First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency
Listening with New Ears,” April 1996 General Conference

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“I’ll suggest another way to think of the word sustain. When you play a violin, if it is in tune you can move the bow across one string and the other strings vibrate. The harmonious strings not only help sustain the sound, but they enlarge and carry the sound. As each of us listens to the prophet and responds to his message, if we are in tune we can carry his message with us. Others will feel the prophet’s message because of the way we act. In this way the message doesn’t end tonight—it just begins. Isn’t that exciting to think about? We can make his message be a force for good in our own lives, but also in our homes, in our neighborhoods, and at school.”

Janette Hales Beckham, Young Women General President
Sustaining the Living Prophets,” April 1996 General Conference

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“Not everyone will have the opportunity to see a prophet face-to-face. Fortunately, that isn’t necessary. We can all receive the same witness I did on those steps long ago. More important than seeing a prophet is understanding the message he has for us. Applying that message is a sure way to gain a testimony of his holy calling.”

Bonnie D. Parkin, Relief Society General President
An Anchor for Eternity–and Today,” April 1996 General Conference

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“Young women all over the world, I challenge each of you to listen to the prophet and find something you can improve on, so you can receive the blessings when you follow his advice. I know it works. It is definitely worth it, because you receive so much more than you give.”

Kirstin Boyer, young woman
My Prayers Were Answered,” April 1996 General Conference

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“As December and the holidays approached, I knew it was going to be difficult. My dad had passed away just four months before, leaving only my mom and me at home. At the same time, I was lucky to be at a stake conference where President Hinckley made a surprise visit. He bore his testimony and expressed his love. He said: ‘Do you feel gloomy? Lift your eyes. Stand on your feet. Sing songs of Christmas. Be positive.’ These few words meant so much to me. I knew if I did my best at this hard time in my life, things would work out. What President Hinckley said did not take away my pain, but it helped me understand that I needed to be happy and help my mom and family be happy.”

Anne Prescott, young woman
He Has Given Me a Prophet,” April 1996 General Conference

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“Seek instruction in the word of God, both as written in the scriptures to prophets of old and as spoken tonight by a living prophet. See the well. Ask for the water that you ‘thirst not.’ Obtain the promises which are held out to you by a loving Father in Heaven through the atonement of his Only Begotten Son.”

Aileen H. Clyde, Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
What Is Relief Society For?” October 1995 General Conference

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“Our children need to know that if we read the scriptures and the words of the prophets and heed the whisperings of the Spirit, we are learning from the source of all truth.”

Michaelene P. Grassli, Primary General President
Helping Children Know Truth from Error,” October 1994 General Conference

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“A few years ago while we were serving in the mission field, a minister who was investigating the Church said, ‘I hear you talk about the benefit of a living prophet. What sort of pronouncements has he made lately?’ We replied, ‘The prophet has taught us that we need to live frugally. We need to stay out of debt, fix up our homes, and plant gardens that we may enjoy the fruit of our labor.’ The minister thought for a moment and then said, ‘That is not what I would have imagined a prophet to say, but as I consider it, what better advice could be given?’

“Often the advice that is given by our prophets is so simple and practical that we overlook it and fail to heed it.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Becoming a Prepared People”, October 1987 General Conference

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“Several years ago, our newly married daughter and her husband began a series of moves from one place to another—graduate school, first job, and so on. These moves took them to various parts of the country. In each place the climate and soil conditions were different, but they determined they would follow the prophet’s advice and have a garden. Their first attempts at gardening were pathetic. The weeds grew much better than the vegetables. The gardens were ‘obedience gardens.’ However, with continued effort, each year the gardens improved. They learned new techniques and developed skills. As children came to their family, each was taught to work and take responsibility in those ‘obedience gardens.’ Now their gardens are attractive, worthwhile ‘survival’ projects, as the family enjoys and shares the produce. They preserve the excess for later use. Besides the practical lessons they learned, they found peace and assurance in keeping the commandments. Surely the promise was fulfilled for them: the prophet’s advice had been for their good always.”

Barbara W. Winder, Relief Society General President
Becoming a Prepared People”, October 1987 General Conference

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