After General Conference, it is often said that we have received our marching orders for the next six months. That idea comes from President Ezra Taft Benson, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles when he gave a devotional address at Brigham Young University on 26 February 1980. The talk was entitled Fourteen Fundamentals In Following The Prophet. In it, he said: “The living prophet has the power of TNT. By that I mean “Today’s News Today.” God’s revelations to Adam did not instruct Noah how to build the ark. Noah needed his own revelation. Therefore, the most important prophet, so far as you and I are concerned, is the one living in our day and age to whom the Lord is currently revealing His will for us. Therefore, the most important reading we can do is any of the words of the prophet contained each week in the Church Section of the Deseret News and any words of the prophet contained each month in our Church magazines. Our marching orders for each six months are found in the general conference addresses, which are printed in the Ensign magazine.” The term marching orders doesn’t mean what most people think.
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