What do major corporations, small companies, school districts and schools, and volunteer organizations have in common? They all have someone in charge. Someone to lead and guide the employees. Someone to navigate through storms, stress, success, and happiness.
What do you think would happen if this were not the case? What if there was not someone at the helm of an organization? Would it survive? Not likely. There would be chaos and confusion. Because we are all different with different ideas and opinions it would end up being a case of "too many cooks in the kitchen."
Where am I going with this? Well, I have been thinking lately about prophets and other church leaders and why we need them. After all, aren't we able to speak with God directly through prayer? Can't I receive revelation for myself and my family?
Why do I need a leader to tell me what I can or cannot do?
Here is where I think sometimes we get it wrong. We don't have a prophet or other church leaders to tell us what we can or cannot do. God has blessed us with these leaders to HELP us navigate our way through the storms of life. To HELP us by lovingly instructing us about things that will ultimately HELP us to make good choices and prepare us for things to come.
God has blessed us with prophets throughout time.
Because He loves us and wants us to be successful here. He wants us to make good choices and knows that sometimes, it is hard to make good choices because we have limited knowledge in this earthly existence.
We can't see what the future holds. Sometimes this causes us to question commandments or revelations by prophets because we can't see how this is hurting us now, right? So it must be fine. We know better than some old guy in the past or the present.
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*Prophets are a manifestation of God's love for us. He didn't leave us here to navigate the storms of life blindly.
*Because we have the great gift of praying to God about anything, we can take the things that have been revealed to us by prophets, past and present, and ask God if following that counsel is what is best for us. If it is truly His word and what He wants us to do.
*Even though we may not understand a commandment or we may be offended by something that a church leader tells us, that doesn't mean that the commandment or counsel is not from God. I think that sometimes it is convenient to say,
"I believe in Christ, but I don't think I need to follow this commandment or counsel because it doesn't make me a bad person to do this and that."
That is true. You can still be a good person and not obey commandments. You can be a phenomenal and outstanding person and not obey commandments.
Here is the thing to ponder though, "WHY do we have that particular commandment or counsel that you don't want to follow?"
Obviously if it is something that has been revealed by a prophet of God, then there is a good reason we are asked to follow it.
The awesome part is, YOU GET TO FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF WHAT THAT GOOD REASON IS! :) You don't have to blindly follow counsel given by a prophet or other church leader. If you want to know why, then ask! Then- and this is so important- you have to listen.
God will answer your sincere prayer, but you have to listen and be ready and humble enough to accept His answer.
I know that God has given us prophets throughout history to help us, to lead us, and to guide us.
I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today.
I know these things because I have asked and I have listened.