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Young Men Lesson 12: Following the Living Prophet

Manual 1; Excerpt from "Obedience to the Prophets," by Claudio R. M. Costa

March 09, 2012

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"What a great blessing it is to have prophets in our day!" -Claudio R. M. Costa

Discussion Questions
• What does the Lord promise when we follow the prophet? (see D&C 21:5–6).
• What are some specific examples of when you or your family has been blessed for following the prophet?

Excerpt from "Obedience to the Prophets" by Elder Claudio R. M. Costa, October 2010 General Conference:

I am a convert to the Church. I am so grateful that God answered my prayer and gave me a knowledge and a strong testimony that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God.

Before I made the decision to be baptized in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I studied extracts from the history of Joseph Smith. I prayed after carefully reading each paragraph. If you would like to do this yourself, it may take you 14 hours.

After I read, pondered, and prayed, the Lord gave me the assurance that Joseph Smith was His prophet. I testify to you that Joseph Smith is a prophet, and because I have received this answer from the Lord, I know that all of his successors are prophets too. What a great blessing it is to have prophets in our day!

Why is it important to have living prophets to guide the true Church of Jesus Christ and its members?

In the Guide to the Scriptures, we find the definition of the word prophet: “A person who has been called by and speaks for God. As a messenger of God, a prophet receives commandments, prophecies, and revelations from God” (“Prophet,” scriptures.lds.org; see also Bible Dictionary, “Prophet”).

It is a great blessing to receive the word, commandments, and guidance of the Lord in these difficult days of the earth. The prophet can be inspired to see the future in benefit of mankind.

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