Latter-day Prophets
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“Latter-day Prophets,” Friend, Oct. 1995, 24

Latter-day Prophets

And he gave some, … prophets … ; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11–12).

We have been blessed by Heavenly Father with prophets to lead us and teach us in these last days. President Gordon B. Hinckley is the fifteenth prophet in this dispensation, and his name has now been added to the song “Latter-day Prophets” (Friend, April 1995, page 5). The last line is to read: Gordon B. Hinckley shows the way. We hear and follow his words today.


  1. Learn the words to the song, then cut out the pictures of the prophets and put them in order as you sing their names.

  2. To learn a little bit more about these chosen men, match each drawing and the sentence underneath it (on page 25) with the correct prophet.

  3. During general conference, listen carefully to what President Hinckley asks that we do. Write those things down, paste his picture at the top of your list, and hang it where you can easily see it. The living prophet gives us important direction for our day.

1 Joseph Smith

A. He helped establish the Welfare Program.

2 Brigham Young

B. He encouraged members to read and study the Book of Mormon.

3 John Taylor

C. He has asked us to live more Christlike lives and to prepare to go to the temple.

4 Wilford Woodruff

D. He taught the importance of paying tithing.

5 Lorenzo Snow

E. He received an important revelation stating that “every faithful, worthy man in the Church may receive the holy priesthood” (OD 2).

6 Joseph F. Smith

F. He taught the importance of hard work in developing talents.

7 Heber J. Grant

G. When he was fourteen years old, he saw the Father and the Son.

8 George Albert Smith

H. He taught the importance of loving one another.

9 David O. McKay

I. He counseled Saints to hold family home evening.

10 Joseph Fielding Smith

J. During his administration, the Friend magazine was first published.

11 Harold B. Lee

K. He was sustained as the prophet on April 1, 1995.

12 Spencer W. Kimball

L. He dedicated the Salt Lake Temple in 1893.

13 Ezra Taft Benson

M. He was in Carthage Jail when Joseph Smith was martyred. He himself was saved when a bullet was stopped by his watch.

14 Howard W. Hunter

N. He led the Saints to Utah.

15 Gordon B. Hinckley

O. He said, “Every member a missionary.”


  • (1) G, (2) N, (3) M, (4) L, (5) D, (6) I, (7) F, (8) H, (9) O, (10) J, (11) A, (12) E, (13) B, (14) C, (15) K.

Paintings by Larry Winborg

Illustrated by Shauna Mooney Kawasaki