A prophet, as the Lord's spokesman, also includes the principle of priesthood
keys. The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of Jesus Christ. In
Christ's day, as in the days of Abraham or Moses, He received those symbolic
keys, or authority to speak on behalf of God, from Moses and Elijah at the Mount
of Transfiguration (see Matt. 17:1-9). He then passed on those keys to His
twelve apostles, the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ in that day--
particularly the head apostle Peter (Matt. 16:16-19). When the apostles were
martyred in the decades following the resurrection, those priesthood keys died
with them since they were not passed on by the laying on of hands to others. However, when LDS Church founder Joseph Smith was called to be the prophet to
restore the Church of Jesus Christ in the latter days, part of that restoration
involved Peter, along with James and John, to return to earth and grant those
keys to him by the laying on of hands. Those have since been passed along to
each succeeding prophet, down to President Monson.
@skeptic I will try to answer your questions within the 100 word allotment. A
prophet is a prophet when he is called of God. Who makes a prophet? God makes a
prophet. A prophet was prepared in the pre-mortal life for this calling. Then in
mortality, a man's life is shaped to become the servant that is needed at the
time of his calling. And yes, if they do not make prophecies, they are still a
prophet. A prophet not only can be a *foreteller* (one who prophecies) but a
*forthteller* (one who acts as God's spokesman). If you read the scriptural
accounts, prophets mainly functioned as forthtellers. Forthtelling is
proclaiming God's will and teachings to the people appropriate for that time.
Forthtelling is a much more important role than being a foreteller.Is the Pope a prophet? Not in the sense of what we believe to be the Lord's
true church. But in general, a prophet is "anyone who has a testimony of
Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost" (LDS Bible Dictionary, see also Num.
11:29). Therefore, you can be a prophet, but not the Lord's spokesman.Anyone else, comment?
It is a good book. It is interesting to know others life story. I am sure there
are lots of interesting people whose stories will never be told that I woud like
to hear. One question that I have that I didn't find an aswer to is: when is a
prophet a prophet, and who makes one a prophet, and if they don't prophisies are
they still a prophet; is the Pope a prophet, etc. Can I be a prophet. Does
I recieved an it as a gift from a friend of mine when I had surgery so I had
something to read while I was recuperating at home. It is such a wonderful book
and Sister Swinton is a marvelous author. It makes me love the prophet even
more. What a humble person he is.
Thomas Spencer Monson is a true prophet of the Lord. I am thankful for his
leadership every day and I'm thankful that I received "To The Rescue"
as a Christmas gift last year.