We often discuss on this site thinking for ourselves, getting personal revelation, and that we are ALL prophets. We have various thoughts on that subject.Why Do We Need Prophets?
Posted: 09 Mar 2012 08:00 AM PST
From the days of Adam, God has spoken to His children through appointed oracles who are charged with revealing His will and counsel to others.
Sometimes we also acknowledge the wisdom that can come from listening to prophets in the past or in our day, and although we check it against our own thinking, realize there is value to having prophets to guide us. Staying aligned to prophets' words to the church can be a blessing to us and our families as we stay connected to our tribe, even if we reserve the right to have our own opinions on some matters.
Now, often in the church we hear the 14 fundamentals, and think that is going too far (see other thread on 14 fundamental discussion here: http://www.staylds.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=2172)...that it sometimes sounds like we are taught to turn the brain off and just being obedient to the prophet. IOW, the debate has ended.
Indeed, in the church manuals, it teaches:
We can always trust the living prophets. Their teachings reflect the will of the Lord, who declared: “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38).
Of course, I wish it was so simple. The problem comes to me when I see in the past they have been wrong, in my opinion with 2020 hindsight, or when it is hard to know if they are speaking as a man or a prophet, or when there are changes that I think God would have told the prophet to get it right the first time. But I'm not sure that makes prophets worthless for their time, just fallible (it keeps this earth game fun and exciting to know they aren't 100% right all the time, right? ).
We don't need to debate the 14 fundamentals again, or about obedience or challenging authority, but I am more interested in discussing how the group feels about the Daily Gem I received.
WHY DO WE NEED PROPHETS?
...Or are they just nice to have?