“Because Heavenly Father loves His children, He has not left them to walk through this mortal life without direction and guidance,” President Dieter F. Uchtdorf said. “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. Prophets and apostles who speak today represent and carry out the Lord’s will as they lead His children in this dispensation." President Uchtdorf continues, "Our fate and the fate of our world hinge on our hearing and heeding the revealed word of God to His children.”
What is it that qualifies a man to be a prophet? President A. Theodore Tuttle off the First Council of the Seventy answers this question:
"Foremost, God must choose him as his prophet! This is entirely different than for man to choose God.The Savior, speaking to his apostles, said, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit. …” (John 15:16.)“We believe that a man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying on of hands, by those who are in authority to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof.” (A of F 1:5.)A prophet, then, is the authorized representative of the Lord. While the world may not recognize him, the important requirement is that God speaks through him. A prophet is a teacher. He receives revelations from the Lord. These may be new truths or explanations of truths already received."
Why does the Lord call prophets, seers, and revelators? Elder Dennis B. Neuenschwander of the Presidency of the Seventy teaches:
"The fundamental responsibility of prophets, seers, and revelators, all of whom bear apostolic authority, is to bear certain testimony of the name of Jesus Christ in all the world. This basic call to be a special witness of His name has remained constant whenever Apostles have been on the earth. This testimony, borne of the Holy Ghost through revelation, was the heart of the New Testament Church and is the heart of the Church today."
President Henry B. Eyring of the First Presidency said:
“Looking for the path to safety in the counsel of prophets makes sense to those with strong faith. When a prophet speaks, those with little faith may think that they hear only a wise man giving good advice. Then if his counsel seems comfortable and reasonable, squaring with what they want to do, they take it. If it does not, they consider it either faulty advice or they see their circumstances as justifying their being an exception to the counsel. Those without faith may think that they hear only men seeking to exert influence for some selfish motive. …
“Every time in my life when I have chosen to delay following inspired counsel or decided that I was an exception, I came to know that I had put myself in harm’s way. Every time that I have listened to the counsel of prophets, felt it confirmed in prayer, and then followed it, I have found that I moved toward safety” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1997, 32–33; or Ensign, May 1997, 25).
Listen to the remarks of President Thomas S. Monson from last General Conference.
I testify to each of you that I know that Thomas S. Monson has been called by God to be His authorized representative on the earth today. He is our prophet! I hope that you will all join with me this weekend to listen to our Prophet and other church leaders speak at general conference. If you are not able to watch conference on tv, you can watch online here.