7 Surely the Lord will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
1. Latter-day prophets are: number one,
Joseph Smith; then Brigham Young;
John Taylor came third, we know;
Then Wilford Woodruff; Lorenzo Snow;
Joseph F. Smith (remember the F);
Heber J. Grant; and George Albert Smith;
David O. McKay was followed by Joseph Fielding Smith,
Then Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball,
Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter.
Gordon B. Hinckley shows the way.
We hear and follow his words today.
1. We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
2. When dark clouds of trouble hang o’er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv’rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We’ve proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
3. We’ll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We’ll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.
*For All Family Members* Read or share “Why Do We Need Prophets?” by President Dieter F Uchtdorf (Taken from March 2012 Ensign). Discuss important points from this article. Testify of the importance & blessing of having a Latter-day Prophet.
Why Do We Need Prophets?
Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance. The teachings of our Heavenly Father are not the ordinary, predictable, run-of-the-mill kind you can pick up in paperback at the local bookstore. They are the wisdom of an all-powerful, all-knowing celestial Being who loves His children. Encompassed in His words is the secret of the ages—the key to happiness in this life and in the world to come.
Heavenly Father reveals this wisdom to His children on earth through His servants the prophets (see Amos 3:7). 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. Prophets are inspired teachers and are always special witnesses of Jesus Christ (see D&C 107:23). Prophets speak not only to the people of their time, but they also speak to people throughout all time. Their voices echo through the centuries as a testament of God’s will to His children.
Today is not different from ages past. The Lord does not love the people of our day any less than in past times. One of the glorious messages of the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ is that God continues to speak to His children! He is not hidden in the heavens but speaks today as He did in ancient days.
Much of what the Lord reveals to His prophets is intended to prevent sorrow for us as individuals and as societies. When God speaks, He does so to teach, inspire, refine, and warn His children. When individuals and societies ignore their Heavenly Father’s instructions, they do so at the risk of trial, torment, and toil.
God loves all His children. That is why He pleads so earnestly with us through His prophets. Just as we want what is best for our loved ones, Heavenly Father wants what is best for us. That is why His instructions are so crucial and sometimes so urgent. That is why He has not abandoned us today but continues to reveal His will to us through His prophets. Our fate and the fate of our world hinge on our hearing and heeding the revealed word of God to His children.
God’s priceless instructions to humankind are found in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. In addition, the Lord speaks to us through His servants, as He will again at the upcoming general conference.
To all who wonder if such a thing can be—who might ask, “Is it possible that God speaks to us today?”—with all my heart I invite you to “come and see” (John 1:46). Read the word of God as found in the scriptures. Listen to general conference with an ear willing to hear the voice of God given through His latter-day prophets. Come, hear, and see with your heart! For if you seek “with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, [God] will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost” (Moroni 10:4). By and through this power, I know that Jesus Christ lives and directs His Church through a living prophet, even PresidentThomas S. Monson.
Brothers and sisters, God does speak to us today. And He desires that all His children listen to and heed His voice. As we do so, the Lord will bless and uphold us greatly, both in this life and through the worlds to come.
Prophets and Apostles Speak Today
The divine work of the prophets and apostles never ceases. Between general conferences, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles continue to teach and minister to the world. “Prophets and Apostles Speak Today,” a section of LDS.org, documents the ongoing ministry of these Church leaders with videos, photos, and articles (available in several languages).
Learn from them about their ministry. Listen to and read their testimonies of the Savior. View and read about their messages of love and hope to members wherever they bear witness, whether at Church headquarters in Salt Lake City or as they fulfill assignments throughout the world.
Testify of the importance & blessing of having a Latter-day Prophet.
*For Younger Children* Discuss what a prophet is & what why a latter-day prophet is important. Read or paraphrase “Why are Prophets Important?” by Elder Neil L Andersen (taken from March 2012 Friend). Testify of the importance of having a Latter-day Prophet.
Why are prophets important?
Whenever the Lord’s Church has been established, the Lord has calledprophets and apostles. Their sure witness of the living Christ is one of the greatest blessings to the Church and to the world.
Along with the scriptures and the gift of the Holy Ghost, the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles make known the Lord’s specific concerns for us and what we need to do.
We have the responsibility to listen and to follow, and we have a promise that blessings will come as we believe and act on the prophets’ words.
If we will be attentive to the prophets’ words, we will forever remain safely on the path leading to the tree of life.
Testify of the importance of having a Latter-day Prophet.
*For Teenagers or Adults* Read or share “Why Do We Need Prophets?” by President Dieter F Uchtdorf (Taken from March 2012 Ensign). Testify of the importance & blessing of having a Latter-day Prophet.
Read the article listed above & watch the 2 videos below:
Testify of the importance & blessing of having a Latter-day Prophet.
Macaroon Kiss Cookies or Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies
Macaroon Kiss Cookies
1. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
Chewy Oatmeal M&M Cookies
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 and 2/3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup mini M&Ms
1. In a large bowl of a stand mixer with paddle attachment or with a handheld mixer, cream the softened butter and sugars until smooth. Add the egg and vanilla and mix well.
2. Slowly stir in the baking soda, cinnamon, oats, and flour. Mix together until just combined. Do not overmix. Fold in the mini m&ms.
3. Chill the dough for at least one hour in the fridge. Cookies will be very flat if the dough is not very cold.
4. Preheat oven to 325F degrees.
5. Roll and drop dough by tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheet or silpat. I stuck a few extra M&Ms into the tops of the cookies. Bake for 10-11 minutes and let cool on baking sheet for a minute or two before transferring to a wire rack. (Taken from Sally’s Baking Addiction)
1- Decorate a notebook to use to make General Conference notes.
2- Memorize the order of all of the Latter-day Prophets.
3- Play Hide & Go Seek.