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to carry our sorrows and relieve our President Hinckley burdens that we might be healed from have heard from Elder J Ballard within, be made whole persons, and re- We Washburn of the Seventy, followed by ceive everlasting joy in his kingdom. Bishop Merrill J. Bateman, the Presiding May our faith in the Father and the Son Bishop of the Church. help each of us to become whole. In the Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quo- name of Jesus Christ, amen. rum of the Twelve Apostles will be our next speaker.

Elder Robert D. Hales

Expression of love for prophets Today I join you in sustaining Presi- dent Gordon B. Hinckley as prophet, President Hinckley, President Mon- seer, and revelator and President of The son, President Faust, as we raised our Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day in the law of consent hands common Saints. We live in a world of turmoil the assembly, gave during solemn we where we find sadness and destruction in our consecration, our love, and our de- every corner, much of which is brought sustain votion to our prophet, and we about by man's failure to listen to the the . "We thank thee, O words of the true prophets of God. How for a to guide us in these God, prophet different would the lives have been of latter days" (Hymns, no. 19). those who lived in all dispensations if in have Twice the space of a year we they had listened to the prophet Moses lost prophets who are very dear to us. and followed the Ten Commandments? President Ezra Taft Benson and Presi- There has always been a desperate dent Howard W. Hunter. These two need for the steady and reassuring voice great prophets of God brought truth and of a living prophet of God—one who light joy into our lives. con- and They will speak the mind and will of God in to veyed us the word of God. They showing the way to spiritual safety and taught us about the importance of fam- personal peace and happiness. ily, studying the Book of Mormon, and lives in such that living our a way we The Lord protects Jehoshaphat's people would draw closer to God. They taught us the importance of being kind to one Our loving Heavenly Father has another, obeying the commandments, given the world prophets from the days and how to receive a fulness of joy and of Adam. The prophets of old taught merit eternal life. They have pleaded well the importance of hstening to the with us to live more Christlike lives, to voice of prophets. The story of Jehosha- emulate the Savior in all we do, and to phat found in 2 Chronicles 20 is an ex- qualify ourselves to be worthy of the ample. King Jehoshaphat had several saving and exalting blessings available great armies coming to battle with him only in the holy temples of the Lord. in an attempt to possess his land. Under- They gave us words of encouragement standably he was seized with dreadful and wise counsel to bring more happi- fear, so he proclaimed a fast through- ness and peace into our lives and into out all his kingdom and gathered the the world. We love them for their obedi- people of Judah together to plead for ence and for their concern for us. guidance from the Lord. Jehoshaphat —

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humbly and earnestly prayed, "O our good; it maketh known unto them of

God, ... we have no might against this their fathers; and it speaketh of Jesus, great company that cometh against us; and persuadeth them to believe in him, neither know we what to do: but our and to endure to the end, which is life eyes are upon thee" (v. 12). eternal. Then came the answer of the Lord "And it speaketh harshly against sin, through the prophet Jahaziel: "Hearken according to the plainness of the truth; ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of wherefore, no man will be angry at the

Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, words which I [the prophet] have written Thus saith the Lord unto you. Be not save he shall be of the spirit of the devil. afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great "/ glory in plainness; I glory in truth; multitude; for the battle is not yours, but I glory in my Jesus, for he hath redeemed

God's. . . . my soul from hell" (2 Nephi 33:4-6; ital- "Fear not, nor be dismayed; ... for ics added). the Lord will be with you" (w. 15, 17; italics added). Micaiah speaks plainly to Ahab Jehoshaphat and all the inhabitants account of Jehoshaphat il- of Jerusalem fell in thankful prayer be- Another fore the Lord. lustrates how prophets speak directly Jehoshaphat then gave very impor- and plainly the word of God and let the tant counsel that we today would do well consequence follow. Ahab, the king of to obey. Indeed, just as the people of Israel, invited Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, to join with him in battle against Judah, our lives may depend upon it Syria. even our eternal lives: "Believe in the Jehoshaphat asked Ahab to in- Lord your God, so shall ye be established; quire of the Lord to see if it would be believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" wise to go against the Syrians. After four of Ahab's so- (v. 20; italics added). hundred As promised, the Lord protected the called prophets told Ahab only what he good people of Judah. As Jehoshaphat's wanted to hear—that he would be vic- forces looked on, those armies which torious over Syria—Jehoshaphat asked came to battle against them fought so if he didn't have any other prophets. fiercely among themselves that they Ahab replied, "There is yet one man, completely destroyed one another be- Micaiah . . . : but I hate him; for he doth fore they ever reached the people of Ju- not prophesy good concerning me, but dah. Listen to a prophet's voice and evil" (1 Kings 22:8; italics added). Jehoshaphat convinced to obey. There is safety in following the liv- Ahab ing prophet. seek the word of the prophet Micaiah. The messenger who was sent to bring Prophets speak plainly and boldly Micaiah before the kings cautioned Mi- caiah to tell Ahab only what he wanted A characteristic of prophets through- to hear. "And Micaiah said, As the Lord out the ages is that, regardless of the liveth, what the Lord saith unto me, that consequences, they have had the strength will I speak" (1 Kings 22:14; italics added). to speak the words of God with plain- Micaiah told Ahab that Israel would not ness and boldness. As Nephi made an return victorious and that Ahab would end to his record, he taught: be killed.

"And the words which I have writ- Against the counsel of the prophet, ten in weakness will be made strong Ahab went to battle and lost his life, and

unto them; for it persuadeth them to do Israel was defeated. — — .

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Micaiah, as all prophets before him for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to and all who have followed, spoke the heaven without tasting death, stood be- word of God with plainness and truth fore us, and said: and let the consequence follow. "Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Restoration of prophetic authority Malachi—testifying that [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful "We believe in the same organiza- day of the Lord come tion that existed in the Primitive Church, "To turn the hearts of the fathers to namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, the children, and the children to the fa- evangelists, teachers, and so forth" (Ar- thers, lest the whole earth be smitten ticles of Faith 1:6). with a curse President Joseph Fielding Smith "Therefore, the keys of this dispen- taught that it was necessary for the sation are committed into your hands; Church of Jesus Christ to be restored in and by this ye may know that the great this dispensation and that "all the keys and dreadful day of the Lord is near, and powers of priesthood held by the even at the doors" (D&C 110:11-16). prophets of former dispensations must With the restoration of the priest- be conferred upon God's chosen repre- hood in 1829, there was a restoration of sentatives on the earth" (Doctrines of Sal- prophets in this dispensation. Living vation, comp. Bruce R. McConkie, 3 vols. prophets are leading this church today. [Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1954-56], The greatest security of members of The 1:168). Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day The prophet said: Saints comes from learning to listen to "This is the last dispensation. He [the and obey the words and commandments Lord] has raised up men and women to that the Lord has given through living carry on his work, and . . . of us many prophets. I would hope that the world have been held in the spirit world from would understand the importance of the organization of this world, until the having a living prophet on earth today. generation in which we live" (in Journal Discourses, of 21:284). Come, listen to a prophet's voice Joseph Smith, the Lord's chosen prophet to usher in the Restoration, re- The scriptures tell us that prophets corded the following visions received in receive commandments "walking in all the Kirtland Temple in 1836: holiness before me; For his word ye shall "After this vision closed," the scrip- receive, as if from mine own mouth, in tures tell us, "the heavens were again all patience and faith" (D&C 21:4-5). opened unto us; and Moses appeared be- We sing a hymn that reminds us: fore us, and committed unto us the keys Come, listen to a prophet's voice. of the gathering of Israel from the four

hear the of God. . . parts of the earth, and the leading of the And word We've found the the prophets ten tribes from the land of the north. way went "After this, Elias appeared, and com- mitted the dispensation of the gospel of Who lived in days of yore. Another prophet now is sent Abraham, saying that in us and our seed This knowledge to restore. all generations after us should be blessed. ["Come, Listen to a Prophet's Voice," "After this vision had closed, another Hymns, no. 21] great and glorious vision burst upon us; .

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Another hymn teaches: one ancient prophet called it, "the great plan of happiness" (Alma 42:8). hsten to a prophet's voice and We If we listen to the prophets of this hear the Savior too. day, poverty will be replaced with loving With love he bids us do the work the care for the poor and needy. Many seri- Lord would have us do. ous and deadly health problems will be The Savior calls his chosen seer to avoided through compliance with the the of preach word God, Word of Wisdom and the laws of sexual That might learn to find the men purity. Payment of tithing will bless us,

path marked by the iron rod. . . and we will have sufficient for our needs. Rejoice! The prophet has confirmed If we follow the counsel given by the that by Him we are known. prophets, we can have a life in mortality Attend, ye earth! The prophet speaks; where we do not bring upon ourselves come listen and obey. unnecessary pain and self-destruction.

He is the man who holds the keys of This does not mean we will not have priesthood pow'r today. challenges. We will. This does not mean ["We Listen to a Prophet's Voice," we will not be tested. We will, for this is Hymns, no. 22] part of our purpose on earth. But if we will listen to the counsel of our prophet, Prophets are prepared by the Lord we will become stronger and be able to withstand the tests of mortality. We will In my own lifetime, through associ- have hope and joy. All the words of ation with prophets, I have observed how counsel from the prophets of all genera- they are prepared by the Lord. By the tions have been given so that we may time they become the prophet, their be strengthened and then be able to lift greatest concern is for the goodness and and strengthen others. obedience of the members of the Church.

They express the love and gratitude they President Hinckley is our prophet today have for faithful Saints and for all who give of their goodness and service in the We declare with soberness, and yet world in lifting and strengthening others. with the authority of God in us vested, Their purpose is to bring us the will of that we have a prophet today. The Pres- the Lord for our times. I give my testi- ident of the Church, as a prophet, is mony that the prophets of this day have God's representative on earth and is the qualities of the prophets of old and appointed to lead His church. This has the other prophets of this dispensation. been true in the past as recorded in the Each of these prophets has humbly Old Testament, the New Testament, the and prayerfully sought to know and fol- Book of Mormon, and in this, the dis- low God's will in his personal ministry. pensation of the fulness of times, with Each has been determined to declare to the restoration of The Church of Jesus Heavenly Father, as did an obedient Je- Christ of Latter-day Saints. sus Christ before him, "Not my will, but He who holds all the priesthood keys thine, be done" (Luke 22:42). authorizing the saving blessings is the living prophet. The Lord has declared, Blessings of heeding prophets "There is never but one on the earth at a time on whom this power and the keys of The desire of the prophets is to as- this priesthood are conferred" (D&C sist our Father in Heaven and his Son, 132:7). I testify that President Gordon B.

Jesus Christ, in bringing about the great Hinckley is the one in whom those keys objectives of the plan of salvation, or, as are currently vested. '

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He is our prophet today. He was the prophet this day in this solemn as- prepared and foreordained before the sembly, in the name of Jesus Christ, foundation of the world. For over a half amen. century he has been taught and tutored by apostles and prophets with whom he The chorus sang "Hark, All Ye Na- has served. He is wise. He is caring. He tions!" speaks for the Lord. His is the voice to which we should now respond. Our spiri- tual safety lies in turning the clear to President Hinckley voice of our living prophet. If we listen to his voice and obey his counsel, we will We have just listened to Elder Rob- be able to live as Christ would have us ert D. Hales of the Quorum of the live and endure to the end so that one Twelve Apostles, followed by the Mor- day we, along with our families, will re- mon Youth Chorus singing "Hark, All turn back into the presence of our Heav- Ye Nations!" enly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin of the I humbly add my testimony to the Council of the Twelve will be our con- testimonies of all who have sustained cluding speaker.

Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin

Living water to quench spiritual thirst identity as the long-promised Messiah. He patiently yet thoughtfully answered Early in his mortal ministry, the Sav- the woman, "If thou knewest the gift of ior and his disciples passed through God, and who it is that saith to thee. Samaria while traveling from to Judea Give me to drink; thou wouldest have Galilee. Weary, hungry, and thirsty from asked of him, and he would have given their journey, they stopped at Jacob's "^ thee living water. well in the city of Sychar. While the dis- Intrigued but skeptical, and seeing ciples went in search of food, the Savior that Jesus had no container with which remained at the well. requested a He to draw water, the woman queried fur- drink from a Samaritan woman who had ther, "From whence then hast thou that come to draw water. Because the Jews living water?" 3 In a powerful promise, and Samaritans were divided rancor by Jesus then declared himself to be the and did not often speak to one another, source of living water, the wellspring of the woman responded to the Savior's life everlasting. He said: request with a question: "How is it that "Whosoever drinketh of this water thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, shall thirst again: a of which am woman Samaria?" "But whosoever drinketh of the wa- In the New Testament the Savior ter that I shall give him shall never thirst; used this simple encounter at the well to but the water that I shall give him shall teach powerful, eternal truths. Though be in him a well of water springing up weary and thirsty, the Master Teacher into everlasting life."" this to testify of his took opportunity Missing entirely the spiritual mean- divine role as the of the world Redeemer ing in the Lord's message, the woman, to authoritatively his true and proclaim thinking only of satisfying her physical