Prophets

By  LDS Living
September 09, 2021 01:36 PM MDT
This story was originally published by LDS Living in January 2018 and has been updated to celebrate President Nelson’s birthday.
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December 29, 2020 12:00 PM MST
If there were any perks to 2020, one was that we all spent a little bit more time (virtually) with President Russell M. Nelson than usual. Outside of general conference, the Church released special video messages throughout the year from our prophet. Additionally, President Nelson co-authored a piece with NAACP leaders calling for racial harmony. He reminded us of the need for gratitude to find healing, he invited us to fast with him, he prayed for us, and he reminded us that “we are all children of a loving God.”
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November 25, 2020 10:34 PM MST
Before President Russell M. Nelson’s challenge to turn social media into our own gratitude journals, there were dozens of lists online of things to be grateful for in the year 2020. Since his invitation, millions of ideas have been added by those using #GiveThanks. But there are a few spiritual things that I think we have become more grateful for this year, as we have either relied on them more or had to do without them. Everyone’s list will look a little different depending on personal circumstances, but here are a few things that I think many of us have come to appreciate more than ever this year (in no particular order).
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August 22, 2020 11:07 AM MDT
President Thomas S. Monson left behind a legacy of serving and ministering to "the one.” He frequently spoke of the joy that comes from knowing you have been “on the Lord’s errand.”
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By  LDS Living
December 13, 2019 09:00 AM MST
Is Santa Claus a part of your Christmas tradition? Check out what a few Church leaders have said about old Saint Nick.
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October 09, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we have a plethora of resources to help us in times of need or struggle. The scriptures, prayer, words of modern-day prophets and apostles, Church leaders, family, temple worship, priesthood blessings, and, most importantly, Jesus Christ are all assets that provide divine assistance and strength.
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September 28, 2019 12:00 PM MDT
The following article previously ran on LDS Living earlier this year and is being shared as part of an article series that will highlight the life and teachings of President Russell M. Nelson. Beginning at his birthday week and leading up to general conference, LDS Living will focus on the insights and life lessons we can learn from the Lord's prophet on the earth today.
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September 28, 2019 11:32 AM MDT
There are two things Latter-day Saints get really excited about: general conference and Disney. So what happens when you put them together? Over the years, there have been several Disney-related stories or comments used in conference talks to make a point or share a value. Here are a few of them.
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By  LDS Living
August 31, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Our prophets and apostles have been set apart as special witnesses of our Savior Jesus Christ. While we do not need to see our Redeemer face to face to testify of His divine life and mission, some Church leaders have shared remarkable accounts of when they saw the Lord, whether through dreams or visions. Their experiences testify of the love, grace, power, and glory of our Savior.
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June 27, 2019 09:15 AM MDT
In honor of the 175th anniversary of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum, LDS Living is sharing a series of articles about early Church history. The following article originally ran on LDS Living in June 2016.
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May 09, 2019 09:00 AM MDT
Editor's note: This article was updated by LDS Living in January 2021.
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By  LDS Living
May 08, 2019 04:00 PM MDT
The vernacular used by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other sects of Christianity can be confusing to those of different faiths. In a new video released by the Church, the role, origin, and ongoing existence of Apostles is explained.
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By  LDS Living
March 11, 2019 05:28 PM MDT
"I am a witness by being present, and I am a witness by being absent, that the Lord indeed instructs His prophet," Sister Wendy Nelson begins in the Church video "My Witness: Sister Wendy Watson Nelson."
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March 09, 2019 09:31 PM MST
With building anticipation for the dedication of the Rome Italy Temple scheduled to get underway beginning tomorrow morning with the public cornerstone ceremony, hundreds of youth packed a stake center on the campus of the soon-to-be-christened temple. When dedicated it will be the 162nd operating temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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By  LDS Living
February 13, 2019 10:40 PM MST
Choosing an eternal companion is one of the biggest decisions we make in this life. However, people fall in love and find their eternal companions in many different ways. Even our beloved prophet and apostles experienced times when they had butterflies in their stomachs and unrestful nights thinking about their significant others. Brush up on your knowledge of how these couples' early courtships by reading this article—or quiz yourself on what you already know and learn about their stories along the way.
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January 26, 2019 03:00 PM MST
From P. Diddy to ESPN and Criminal Minds, the wisdom from our latter-day prophets and apostles has shown up in some pretty unexpected places. Here are just a few:
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December 23, 2018 10:07 PM MST
As we celebrate Christmas, these inspiring quotes from the prophets will deepen our love and appreciation for the Savior, making the reason for the season that much sweeter.
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November 21, 2018 10:37 PM MST
As the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas approach, we all remind ourselves to focus a little more on the things that we are blessed with in our lives, instead of complaining. Though not all of these men were president of the Church at the time they said these quotes, their words still ring true as prophetic reminders of how important it is to fill our lives and hearts with gratitude.
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October 15, 2018 04:06 PM MDT
Emotionally and physically exhausted, President Heber J. Grant worried over his 7-year-old son— who lay seriously ill and in excruciating pain. President Grant was terrified at the idea of losing another child, having already lost one son, but then an other-worldly dream comforted his breaking heart, preparing him for the pain which was to come.
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By  Jon Cooper
October 15, 2018 11:49 AM MDT
Most of us were raised on stories of the prophets of God. We were told of their many strengths and taught to emulate their righteousness. Yet, just as they had strengths that we can learn from, it is also important to remember that every prophet had weaknesses that we can learn from, too. Moses, Nephi, and even Brigham Young; they all had them. Here are five prophets and the weaknesses that made them strong.
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October 09, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
We hear stories of the apostles' childhoods nearly every general conference. Common sense tells us that before they were leaders of the Church, they were little kids who ran and played, dreamed and made mistakes, joked and scraped their knees—just like all of us.
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October 04, 2018 09:27 AM MDT
It has been almost 10 months since President Russell M. Nelson became our prophet. But how much do you really know about this father, heart surgeon, and servant of the Lord?
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September 24, 2018 09:11 AM MDT
General conference is one of the greatest times of year for Latter-day Saints. We are privileged to hear from our prophet, apostles, and other general authorities who prepare inspired messages to bless our lives, and it’s a wonderful time to receive personal spiritual guidance.
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By  LDS Living
September 19, 2018 12:17 PM MDT
Church Newsrecently created a touching, 80-second video that describes why Latter-day Saints stand when our prophet enters the room, and the answers are powerful.
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September 16, 2018 10:00 PM MDT
Author’s note: This article is not intended as an endorsement of R-rated movies, or as a criticism of those who choose to either watch or abstain from them.
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September 14, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
"Latter-day prophets are: number one, Joseph Smith, then Brigham Young. . ." If you're a member of the Church, you've probably heard this song at least once. But do you know the middle names of any of these brethren? Take our quiz to test your knowledge!
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September 04, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
What fantastic advice from the prophets about how to build healthy relationships with a spouse.
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August 25, 2018 02:53 PM MDT
From time to time, in the face of wickedness, the Lord dispatches an angel to destroy one or more persons. In fact, both the scriptures and modern prophets use the expression “destroying angel.”
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By  LDS Living
July 18, 2018 09:30 AM MDT
Although his recorded words are few, the prophet Elijah is among the most prominent in the Old Testament. He ministered in the Northern Kingdom of Israel in a time when the people had almost entirely turned to idol worship (about 900 B.C.). Through his priesthood power and his faith, Elijah was able to perform many mighty works. Here are 15 miracles associated with this great prophet.
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By  LDS Living
July 11, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
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June 01, 2018 12:39 PM MDT
June 8, 1978, is emblazoned into our collective memory as Latter-day Saints. Many of us identify with the sentiments of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, who said, "I can remember exactly where I was. For us, that's the 'where we [were] when Kennedy was shot' [moment], this deep, deep, spiritual, emotional moment in the history of the Church."
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By  LDS Living
May 29, 2018 08:01 PM MDT
Not many LDS Church beliefs or practices get a curious look or eyebrow raise quite like the ones you receive when you mention baptisms for the dead to someone for the first time. But how can you explain this cherished belief without perpetuating strange ideas of what happens inside of LDS temples? A new church video shared as part of the Mormon Channel's "Now You Know" series offers the perfect explanation:
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May 28, 2018 09:18 AM MDT
"And in that day shall be heard wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion" (D&C 45:26).
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May 07, 2018 06:47 PM MDT
I was presenting a missionary discussion to a family in my mission field many years ago. The parents were polite but distant. The daughter, however—a young lady about 18 or 19—was enthralled. The idea of a living prophet aroused in her a remarkable enthusiasm, and she had many questions. I was delighted to answer them. I explained that David O. McKay was a prophet in the same way that Jeremiah and Isaiah and Moses were prophets, and that the Lord revealed his will to his children through his living prophets as he had done in ancient times.
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May 03, 2018 05:00 PM MDT
While interviewing Latter-day Saints in Nairobi, Kenya, after President Russell M. Nelson's recent stop there during his world tour, Mike Headrick spoke with a Latter-day Saint who shared how listening to the prophet saved his life and his family.
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May 03, 2018 09:00 AM MDT
Only three months after the Church was officially organized, the Lord instructed Emma to make a selection of hymns to be used by the Saints:
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April 19, 2018 05:34 PM MDT
In 1980 I walked through Hezekiah’s tunnel. It was an astonishing stroll. We made our way through the darkness with the uncertain aid of flashlights and sang hymns about light: “Lead Kindly Light,” “The Lord Is my Light,” “There Is Sunshine in my Soul Today,” and so on. The tunnel is not straight. It bends and angles many times through nearly 1,800 feet. The Jews built the tunnel to bring water into the city as a hedge against an Assyrian siege.
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April 12, 2018 08:53 PM MDT
As I have read and taught these chapters in the books of Kings, I have found what I think are some worthwhile insights on following prophets. These principles will form the outline of this Old Testament lesson. Once again I offer this disclaimer. This lesson is not meant to replace the one in the Old Testament Gospel Doctrine manual. Its purpose is to give some additional insights into the lesson and to illustrate with Old Testament examples some great principles taught here.
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March 31, 2018 02:03 PM MDT
"This is an occasion of great significance for members of the Church of Jesus Christ around the world," President Eyring said this morning, explaining the process of a solemn assembly.
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March 30, 2018 09:43 AM MDT
General conference: a time of year that Latter-day Saints across the entire world unite their prayers, their voices, and their spirits in sustaining and listening to God's chosen prophets and leaders. It is, without a doubt, a sacred and wonderful time for Mormons everywhere, full of many spiritual and emotional highs.
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March 29, 2018 05:21 PM MDT
We do not understand with perfect clarity the activities of those in Paradise, but I have wondered what Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were doing during the reigns of Jeroboam and his appalling successors. We know they are Gods now (see D&C 132:37), but in those early years of apostasy, the view from above must have been heartrending.
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March 29, 2018 04:20 PM MDT
Prophets are not required to do things that make sense to anyone but God. Their prophetic utterances are often received with ridicule and derision. Their actions are frequently misunderstood. But what Ahijah did to Jeroboam must have seemed strange beyond all comprehension:
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March 28, 2018 09:39 AM MDT
As we prepare for general conference in a few days, we look forward to another solemn assembly and an opportunity to sustain our new prophet, President Russell M. Nelson. Learn what a solemn assembly is and why we hold them.
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By  LDS Living
March 28, 2018 09:36 AM MDT
As general conference approaches, and with it the anticipation of sustaining a new prophet, we thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and see how much you remember or know about prophets of this dispensation. From who served as the prophet the longest to who won the Presidential Medal of Freedom, test your knowledge of the amazing accomplishments of these men of God:
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March 27, 2018 12:40 PM MDT
When the prophets, apostles, and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints congregate every six months to speak to the world, members and nonmembers are invited to tune in and hear their inspired counsel. With so many ears to hear, hearts to listen, and minds to enlighten, Church leaders turn to the Spirit.
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March 22, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
How do we react when someone uses the scriptures as a weapon? And how do we overcome the contradictions we find in the scriptures? Read on for powerful insights from LDS scholars Fiona and Terryl Givens.
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March 21, 2018 12:00 PM MDT
In 1830, the prophet Joseph Smith received a revelation illuminating how great and vast Heavenly Father's creations are throughout the universe. The revelation, which became Moses 1 in the Pearl of Great Price, describes a vision the Old Testament prophet Moses received. During this revelation, Joseph Smith witnessed what God had revealed to Moses in the vision.
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March 07, 2018 01:00 PM MST
The language of Mormon culture, like that of most other cultures, is fraught with contradictions. All faiths have their intemperate zealots, and even the wisest and best men and women can say uninspired, ridiculous, and even reprehensible things. The religious scholar Krister Stendahl has suggested that in evaluating religions, it is only fair to characterize a faith group in terms of its best, not its worst, manifestations.1
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March 03, 2018 01:18 PM MST
Wilford Woodruff had so many accidents he came to believe he was a "marked man." The Prophet Joseph Smith once said, "Remember, brethren, that time and chance happen to all men." There are in this world real accidents. A full-scale determinist would say they are inevitable, but sometimes we can correctly say, No, it's just the way things happen.
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February 24, 2018 01:38 PM MST
From Albert Einstein to John Wayne to Steve Jobs, Time magazine has featured some of the most influential people in American history—including a few prophets.
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By  LDS Living
February 14, 2018 11:00 AM MST
Tis the season of celebrating true love—and the moments we cherished most with those we love. And to celebrate, we compiled a few photos of Church leaders at one of their most cherished occasions, their weddings. Take a look at these timeless, beautiful pictures of the prophet and the apostles on the happiest day of their lives.
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January 24, 2018 02:34 PM MST
"On Sunday morning, Jan. 14, just over a week ago, the Council of the Twelve met in the upper room of the Salt Lake Temple in a spirit of fasting and prayer, under the presiding direction of President Russell M. Nelson, acting as Senior Apostle and President of the Quorum of the Twelve,” Elder Stevenson said.“In this sacred and memorable meeting, seated by seniority in a semi-circle of thirteen chairs, following a well-established precedent in unity and unanimity, hands were raised to first sustain the organization of a First Presidency and then to sustain President Russell Marion Nelson as the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.”
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January 16, 2018 04:10 PM MST
"Who, in seeking the counsel of the brethren, has put their money where their mouth is about who's a prophet?" Elder Holland said. "If we ask for their opinion, are we willing to take it? That's a magnificent quality in my mind. One that I've seen repeatedly in the childlike humility and simplicity of Russell Nelson's faith. . . . He's that humble, he's that childlike, at every level and in virtually every other human relationship that I've seen him in. He's just that pure. He's just that simple in his faith."
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January 16, 2018 02:39 PM MST
From graduating with a medical degree at the age of 22 to performing open heart surgery on a prophet of the Lord, President Russell M. Nelson’s life has been one full of genius, service, compassion, accomplishment, and even heartbreak. Amidst the trials and successes of his vibrant life is one common thread: a love of the Lord. As this love has motivated and shaped President Nelson’s ambitions and actions, it’s easy to see the hand of the Lord guiding and directing President Nelson into the prophet he is today.
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January 16, 2018 02:02 PM MST
"Four days ago we laid to rest a giant of a man, a prophet of God, Thomas S. Monson," President Russell M. Nelson began his first address as the 17th prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this unprecedented broadcast, President Nelson spoke from the annex of the Salt Lake Temple, paying tribute to President Thomas S. Monson.
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By  LDS Living
January 13, 2018 03:22 PM MST
In a live broadcast, President Russell M. Nelson will announce the new leadership of the LDS Church on Jan. 16.
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By  Zack Oates
January 11, 2018 12:00 PM MST
What will be President Thomas S. Monson’s legacy?
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January 04, 2018 08:00 AM MST
I was in England when President Monson called me on the phone and asked me to write his biography. It was June 18, 2008, a Thursday, and the experience is forever imprinted in my heart and mind.
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January 03, 2018 03:00 PM MST
Mormon Newsroom shared the following about how succession to the presidency of the Church takes place after a prophet's passing. We honor President Monson and will greatly miss him.
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January 03, 2018 01:56 PM MST
The Church tweeted this heartwarming video honoring the life and legacy of President Thomas S. Monson. We are grateful for our beloved prophet and his life of compassion, service, and dedication. We will miss him.
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