Good morning Brothers and Sisters,When I was back home, my parents always taught me that no matter what I do, if I ever wonder what I should do, I should follow the prophet. It was something they always inspired into the minds of their children and I've always been able to remember that counsel. So today, you've probably assumed I'm talking about following the prophet. One of my favorite songs that my mother taught me when she was in the Primary; she was the Primary chorister; she taught us all about the song Follow the Prophet. I always loved that song. It is one of my favorites. It always talked about the many great stories from the scriptures like Adam, Noah, Moses, every single one of them and it really helped me to get a love for the Prophets in the scriptures. And also for the story's in the scriptures. I've always loved the scriptures and telling stories from them. I'm going to be telling several story's today from the scriptures. To start off, there is a Scripture in D&C 1:38 "What I the Lord have spoken I have spoken and I excuse not myself and though the heaves 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."
I just want each of you to ponder that while I go through some of the great story's we have in the scriptures. The first one is a story from the Old Testament about two kings that were trying to decide what they were to do. One of them was named King Ahab and the other was named King Jehoshaphat. King Ahab was a really wicked king. King Jehoshaphat , although not a righteous king, he did recognize his dependence on the Lord. They were deciding to go to war against this nation. King Jehoshaphat asked for some prophets to come and to prophecy about what they should do to receive the will of the Lord. A bunch of Ahab's personal prophets came to them and they all said the same thing - "Oh Yes, go and fight Syria and the Lord will deliver them into your hands. Everything is going to go great." King Jehoshaphat said, "All of these prophets are saying the same thing. There isn't any that will say anything else! Is there any other prophets?" King Ahab says, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the Lord but I hate him for he never prophesied good unto me only evil." Jehoshaphat said, "Well let's bring him in and ask him." Micaiah came in and told them, "Don't go to war. Go back to your homes. Everything is going to be fine. The Lord will take care of you." King Ahab, being a wicked king and hating Micaiah, ignored it and went to battle and was later killed in the battle. And so when the Lord speaks through his servants it is very important that we listen to what they say because as the scripture said whether by my own voice or by the voice of my servant, it is the same. Each must remember that if Jesus Christ himself came to us and asked us to say, abstain from coffee, tea, alcohol, and tobacco, then I would think that everyone in here would do it very easily.Another story from the scriptures is the story of another king named Hezekiah. He was a good king. At this point in time they were at war with Assyria. The Assyrians were very violent and cruel. And the Assyrians had seized Jerusalem and surrounded it. Hezekiah went to the prophet. The prophet at the time was Isaiah. And he asked Isaiah to pray and ask God what they should do. In spite of the fact that all these armies were surrounding the city, even at their gates. And in spite of the fact that the king was making threatening notes to the king, Isaiah told Hezekiah to not worry - that the Lord would fight their battles for them. The next morning when the King of Assyria woke up, every single one of the soldiers in the Assyrian army was dead. The Lord has promised us that as we follow the prophet we will be protected, that we will be guided; we will be safe in our journeys.
This leads me to the next story of Paul in the Book of Acts. He was at the time heading to Rome. The ship was being set sail at a time of the year that was very dangerous for sailors. Paul warned the captain of the ship that they shouldn't be sailing at this time. If they did there was a very high likelihood that they would all perish The captain ignored him and they went sailing. A very bad storm came and after many days of this fierce storm Paul was visited by an angel and the angel told him to tell the people on the ship that they were going to be safe if they followed Paul's counsel. Now I don't know much about Paul, but I don't think he was much of a sailor, so it must have taken great faith for these sailors to follow the words of Paul, especially since he was a prisoner on the ship, but they obeyed his commands this time and while they did get shipwrecked, not one of them lost their lives.
In more modern times we also have evidence of why we should follow the prophet. When Joseph Smith was the prophet back in the 1830's, the saints who were in Missouri had been driven from their homes. They had been mobbed and persecuted and many had been killed. Joseph gathered the Saints who had been with him when he was over in Kirtland Ohio and they traveled many miles, many weeks, to the saints in Missouri to assist them and aid them and protect them. On their way there was an army of mobbers who outnumbered Joseph and his brethren. And they blocked their path and they threatened that they would slaughter every single one of them by the next morning. While some of the men of Zion's camp, as it was called, wanted to fight and defend themselves, Joseph told them that the Lord would fight their battles and he commanded them to "Be still and see the salvation of God." It wasn't long after he said those words that a mighty storm came, and it was a storm that many of the brethren there said they'd never seen the likes of it. The storm chased the mob away and Zion's camp was able to reach the Saints in Missouri and was able to assist them.
Brothers and Sisters, I testify that gods' church has been led by prophets in the past and it is now being led by a prophet today. And just as obedience to the old prophets is important, obedience to the living prophets is just as important. As we follow the voice of the prophets then we will be able to be comforted and strengthened in our trials. In just over a month we have General Conference. What a wonderful opportunity we have to listen to the prophet and 12 apostles again. I know that as we commit to writing questions that we have that those questions will be answered by the prophets in general conference. We will be able to receive our own revelation from what they say. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to share this message with everyone. And I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.