Sunday, July 17, 2016
June 19th, 2016: Prophets on the Earth
So nothing big happened this week besides a couple people telling us that we don't need prophets on the earth. We asked them why and they said that people's faith now a days is a lot more than back then and now we don't need them. We both looked at each other and we like uhm yeah we are going to leave now because you think you are better than all the prophets, who saw God, talked with him, and lead people out of bondage. Seriously some people never cease to amaze me. One of the biggest things we have to overcome here is people thinking that because we all pray to the same God that churches all over the world are the same and they are all true. In America it's so obvious that churches are so different and that there can only be one true church.
One thing I would like all of you to realize is how blessed we are, to have a prophet, to have the Priesthood, to have the fullness of the Gospel. This is the dispensation of the fullness of times and as such this dispensation is different and unique from all others. As a whole we also have the most important job, that is, to prepare the world for the Second Coming. Sometimes I don't think we realize how important that is and how unique this time of the world is. We have all the blessings of all other dispensations, we have all the direction and guidance from all others combined, and because of that we also have all the temptation. In times of old when a prophet would warn people the repent, the people would rebel and persecute the prophets. Now we may not reject and try to kill the prophet but we do something much more destructive, not listening. At least the people who rejected them listened, though they rejected, they heard their testimonies and acted. I would ask all of you if you have fallen into the "bored position" at church. We all know it, hands on chin, elbows on our knees and we just "pass the time". We are going to stay at church for 3 hours no matter what so we might as well learn. We are commanded to "feast upon the words of Christ" and those words can be a simple testimony, a simple phrase or thought. As we bear testimony and close in the name of Jesus Christ, they become His words. This week I have noticed the people that want to learn, are the ones that do. The ones that hear but do not listen are the people who will never learn. I promise you that if you will listen and really be looking for an answer, God will give you an answer through the Holy Ghost. One thing I've been doing is before sacrament I think of a question I want answered, throughout the meeting and day I think about that and every time my question gets answered. I know that Prophets are so very important and that we need them. We need the testimonies and the Special Witnesses that they are. I hope we never take for granted the blessing they are. Those that "feast" are filled with the spirit, those that don’t hear, will never taste of the Gospel or the Blessings from it. I love you all and I wish you all the best. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.