Notes for my writing

This blog is made up of notes on the gospel as found in the only true and living church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This includes notes that are either excerpts from or ideas for books I either have in draft or may yet write.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our apostles and prophet are extraordinary men

Why does the Lord choose the men he calls?

I sometimes hear people speak about the prophet and apostles as if they are not extraordinary men. I hear people speaking of them as if they are prophets, seers, and revelators because they were given a certain calling.

Which is hogwash.

Yes. Their calling allows them to receive revelation for the whole church, rather than just for themselves.

But the conditions on which revelation is granted are unchanging.

And frankly, there would be no point in sustaining them as "prophets, seers, and revelators" if they were not already prophets, seers, and revelators BEFORE they were called. One doesn't just suddenly learn to receive revelation. Revelation is granted on conditions of obedience. 

Yes, as I said before. There is a difference. After their calling they are allowed to receive revelation that is revelation for the whole church. But there is nothing the prophet can know that any member can't know by personal revelation. 

And that is crucial for us. When one prophet or apostle dies, we need to call another one. If our regular members are not learning to receive personal revelation to govern their own households, how can we possibly sustain someone new to be a prophet, seer, and revelator.

As I said. One doesn't become a prophet by being sustained. One doesn't become a revelator by being sustained. One doesn't become a seer by being sustained. The conditions on which revelation are granted are unchanging and personal.

We sustain someone as a prophet, seer, and revelator because that person has learned to be a prophet, has learned to be a seer, has learned to receive revelation. And that is true of our modern prophet and apostles.

Thus our regular members must be learning to lead and govern their own homes by revelation. They must be learning to be prophets, to be seers, to be revelators. Or how can the Lord choose one out from among them to fill the place of a previous apostle?

And how incomparably better it would be if all our bishops, if all our stake presidents, and most importantly, if all the fathers in their own homes were prophets, seers, and revelators, even though we don't sustain them as such.

Can Zion be built on any other principle?

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