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Published: Tuesday, May 17 2011 4:15 a.m. MDT

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attentive
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

bobosmom
small town, Nebraska

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.

skeptic
Phoenix, AZ

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 anyone know.

bwoods
Tucson, AZ

@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?

uteslogan
Logan, UT

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.

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