"For the word of the Lord is truth, and whatsoever is truth is light..."

Following the Prophets

"Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city..." -- Jesus Christ, in Matthew 23:34

A belief in prophets and their messages lies at the heart of LDS doctrine

Presidents of the Church (LDS Prophets)
Links to Biographies to each of the fifteen men who served as presidents of the LDS Church.

Follow the Brethren:  A Forgotten Art?
Latter-day Saints who publicly criticize Church Leaders forfeit any hopes of salvation

What is Official Doctrine of the Mormon Church?
Doctrines are official if they are found in the standard works of the Church (the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price) or if they are sustained by the Church in general conference.

Why Do I Need a Prophet?
Jeff Lindsay explains why prophets are needed.

Prophet, Seer, and Revelator
"Prophet, seer, and revelator" is the threefold title applied to all who have received the fulness of the keys of the Melchizedek Priesthood associated with the apostleship." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Beware of False Prophets and False Teachers
"Beware of those who speak and publish in opposition to God's true prophets. " Elder M. Russell Ballard, October 1999 General Conference

Finding Safety in Counsel
"The Savior has always been the protector of those who would accept His protection. He has said more than once, "How oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not" (3 Ne. 10:5)." Elder Henry B. Eyring, April 1997 General Conference

The Iron Rod
"There are those in the Church who speak of themselves as liberals who, as one of our former presidents has said, "read by the lamp of their own conceit." (Joseph F. Smith, Gospel Doctrine [Deseret Book Co., 1939], p. 373.) One time I asked one of our Church educational leaders how he would define a liberal in the Church. He answered in one sentence: "A liberal in the Church is merely one who does not have a testimony." President Harold B. Lee, April 1971 General Conference

Follow the Brethren
"The basic doctrines call for real discipline of self; they are hard because wise self-discipline is hard. Among the requirements that God has laid upon us is to pay heed to His living prophets. In our dispensation this has been described as "following the Brethren." Elder Neal A. Maxwell, All These Things Shall Give Thee Experience

Talk to the All-Church Coordinating Council
In this devotional address, President Boyd K. Packer discusses the importance of following counsel and sustaining the leadership of the Church.



The Twelve Apostles
President Boyd K. Packer discusses the role of the apostolic calling.

Fourteen Fundamentals in Following the Prophet
President Ezra Taft Benson gave this excellent talk at a BYU devotional.

Following the Brethren
"Among Latter-day Saints the injunction to "follow the Brethren" derives from this requirement of obedience to Jesus and to prophetic instruction." Encyclopedia of Mormonism

Listening to the Voice of the Lord
Elder Francisco Vinas discusses the importance of listening to prophetic counsel.

The Living Prophet: Our Source of Pure Doctrine
Elder Merrill C. Oaks discusses the importance of listening to prophetic counsel.


Are Church leaders considered infallible and free from error?
"No, Church leaders are neither infallible nor without faults. Latter-day Saints believe that only Jesus Christ was perfect." W. John Walsh

Do Church leaders compel members to obey their teachings?
"The Church believes in teaching correct principles and letting the people govern themselves. While Church leaders give good counsel, they believe it is wrong and immoral to coerce anyone to follow that counsel." W. John Walsh

Why Do Things Work This Way?
A discussion of why the Church and priesthood are needed, why we a savior was appointed, and why mortality is a prerequisite to achieving perfection.

The Unwritten Order of Things
"My lesson might be entitled 'The Ordinary Things about the Church Which Every Member Should Know.'" President Boyd K. Packer

Prophets and Spiritual Mole Crickets
"In modern Israel, serving the Lord means carefully following the Prophets." Elder Neil L. Andersen

Lessons From Laman and Lemuel
"Laman and Lemuel became rebels instead of leaders, resentful instead of righteous--all because of their failure to understand either the character or the purposes of God." Elder Neal A. Maxwell

One Link Still Holds
Doesn't it make you deeply grateful to belong to a church with apostles and prophets at the head--knowing that one link will always hold, one light will never go out?" Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone