The Book of Mormon: Chapter Thirty-Eight: Helaman 13:23–29

Mormon Prophet Monson23For this cause hath the Lord God caused that a curse should come upon the land, and also upon your riches, and this because of your iniquities.

24Yea, wo unto this people, because of this time which has arrived, that ye do cast out the prophets, and do mock them, and cast stones at them, and do slay them, and do all manner of iniquity unto them, even as they did of old time.

This photo is of a living prophet on earth today, God’s spokesman, just like Moses, Elijah, Abraham, and others.  His name is President Thomas S. Monson, and we invite you to hear his words, and listen to the Savior’s instructions for you and for each of us in our day. Regardless of the persecution, mocking of prophetic voices, they exist and we’re here to bear witness of them, as does one eloquent  LDS (“Mormon”) apostle in our day, as follows:

When the Church was first organized, in fact, the day on which it was organized, the Lord was speaking to the Church. He didn’t mean just the six members that were then the constituted number of the Church: he was speaking about the President of the Church, who was the Prophet Joseph Smith at that time. And this is what he said: [Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–6.]

We have some tight places to go before the Lord is through with this church and the world in this dispensation, which is the last dispensation, which shall usher in the coming of the Lord. The gospel was restored to prepare a people ready to receive him. The power of Satan will increase; we see it in evidence on every hand. There will be inroads within the Church. There will be, as President Tanner has said, ‘Hypocrites, those professing, but secretly are full of dead men’s bones.’ We will see those who profess membership but secretly are plotting and trying to lead people not to follow the leadership that the Lord has set up to preside in this church.

Now the only safety we have as members of this church is to do exactly what the Lord said to the Church in that day when the Church was organized. 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.’ (Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–5.) There will be some things that take patience and faith. You may not like what comes from the authority of the Church. It may contradict your political views. It may contradict your social views. It may interfere with some of your social life. But if you listen to these things, as if from the mouth of the Lord himself, with patience and faith, the promise is that ‘the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.’ (Doctrine and Covenants 21:6.)” (Harold B. Lee, Conference Report, Oct. 1970, p. 152).

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