Monday, September 24, 2012

Come Listen To A Prophets Voice!

In the Book of Mormon there is a conversation between a man named Ammon and a king name Limhi.  What happened was that king Limhi found an ancient record of a language that no one in his kingdom can read or translate.  Ammon, with the company of several others, came into the kingdom and were asked if they had the power to translate languages.  Ammon said to king Limhi:

"I can assuredly tell thee, O king, of a man that can translate the records; for he has wherewith that he can look, and translate all records that are of ancient date; and it is a gift from God.  And the things are called interpreters... and whosoever is commanded to look in them, the same is called seer" (Mosiah 8:13).

The surprised but pleased king said that "a seer is greater than a prophet," if he can do such things (Mosiah 8:15).  Ammon explains that "a seer is a revelator and a prophet also" (Mosiah 8:16).  A seer is not greater than a prophet, but is a prophet.  Not only is he a prophet, but he is a revelator also.  A prophet, by definition and reality, is a man that speaks and acts by divine inspiration.  A revelator is one that reveals things.  And a seer, as explained by Ammon, is a man that "can know of things which are past, and also of things which are to come, and by them shall all things be revealed, or, rather, shall secret things be made manifest, and hidden things shall come to light, and things which are not known shall be made known by them, and also things shall be made known by them which otherwise could not be known" (Mosiah 8:17).

Just as there were the great ancient prophets, seers and revelators of the scriptures - Moses, Abraham, Elijah, etc. - so have been and continue to be great prophets, seers and revelators in recent history.  Thomas S. Monson, since the year of 2008, has been the living prophet, seer and revelator on the earth.  In addition to President Monson there are fourteen other men that hold the keys of prophets, seers, and revelators.

Twice a year these fifteen men, as well as other great men and women of the world, gather together to reveal and teach the things that the Lord has asked them to teach at that time.  This magnificent gathering is called LDS General Conference, and happens every April and October.  With it being the end of September it is nice to know that just a couple weeks away we will get to hear the words from prophets, seers and revelators, men with the powers explained above by Ammon in the Book of Mormon.

Come listen to a prophet's voice!

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