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How things have changed! Why? Because men, without divine guidance, could not agree in their interpretation of the scriptures. Jesus understood that without divine guidance men could not properly interpret the scriptures, for he said: “Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures.” (Matt. 22:29.) Hence the need of the voice of authority to differentiate between the doctrines that are the precepts of men, as Isaiah states, and the truths revealed from heaven in the restoration of the gospel, for we did not get our teachings through man’s interpretation of the scriptures, but by the revelations of the Lord to his latter-day prophet. - Legrand Richards, Conference Report, April 1969, Afternoon Meeting, p. 88
Today there are many subjects being discussed because of the controversies all around us. It should be evident to all that we need divine direction, since men and women who argue about these controversies seem to be unable to come to workable or peaceable solutions. It is sad indeed that the world does not know or accept the fact that in our midst is a prophet through whom God can direct the solution of world problems. - N. Eldon Tanner, “The Debate is Over,” Liahona, June 1980
Since the time of Joseph Smith, revelation has come through men called as prophets to lead the Lord's Church. The Lord has not left His servants, His Church, or His people alone. We affirm that He grants divine guidance to those He calls to administer His kingdom. - Jay E. Jensen, “The Prophet Joseph Smith, an Extraordinary Teacher,” Liahona, January 2008
... Many will lose sight of the goal of eternal life with God and Jesus Christ. Others will fall into deep canyons of doubt or be caught in the brush and thickets of sin and temptations of life. Some will fail to follow the compass directions of the Holy Ghost, prophets, scriptures, and priesthood leaders. But spiritual safety lies in relying absolutely on the foreknowledge of God and the plan of life and salvation that he has provided for us. - Gary J. Coleman, “O How Great the Plan of Our God!” Ensign, February 1996
Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin said:
“The gospel gives us that harbor of enduring safety and security. The living prophet and the apostles today are Continue reading
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Conference is an amazing and awesome time of year and we are so excited to listen to a prophet’s voice this weekend and sustain a new apostle. This is a great video to share with friends to let them know what conference is all about!
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Today I would like to address the other major doctrine which characterizes our faith but which causes concern to some, namely the bold assertion that God continues to speak His word and reveal His truth, revelations which mandate an open canon of scripture. Some Christians, in large measure because of their genuine love for the Bible, have declared that there can be no more authorized scripture beyond the Bible.
The Old Testament does not lose its value in our eyes when we are introduced to the New Testament, and the New Testament is only enhanced when we read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ.
Continuing revelation does not demean or discredit existing revelation.
The Bible is the word of God. It is always identified first in our canon, our "standard works." Indeed, it was a divinely ordained encounter with the fifth verse of the first chapter of the book of James that led Joseph Smith to his vision of the Father and the Son, which gave birth to the Restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ in our time.
I testify that the heavens are open. I testify that the presence of such authorized, prophetic voices and ongoing canonized revelations have been at the heart of the Christian message whenever the authorized ministry of Christ has been on the earth.
In our heartfelt devotion to Jesus of Nazareth as the very Son of God, the Savior of the world, we invite all to examine what we have received of Him, to join with us, drinking deeply at the "well of water springing up into everlasting life,” (John 4:14) these constantly flowing reminders that God lives, that He loves us, and that He speaks. I express the deepest personal thanks that His works never end and His "words ... never cease." I bear witness of such divine loving attention and the recording of it, in the sacred name of Jesus Christ, amen.