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As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to be led by living prophets—inspired men called to speak for the Lord, as did Moses, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Nephi, Mormon, and other prophets of the scriptures. We sustain the President of the Church as prophet, seer, and revelator—the only person on the earth who receives revelation to guide the entire Church. We also sustain the counselors in the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators.

Like the prophets of old, prophets today testify of Jesus Christ and teach His gospel. They make known God’s will and true character. They speak boldly and clearly, denouncing sin and warning of its consequences. At times, they may be inspired to prophesy of future events for our benefit.

We can always trust the living prophets. Their teachings reflect the will of the Lord, who declared: “What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (Doctrine and Covenants 1:38).

Our greatest safety lies in strictly following the word of the Lord given through His prophets, particularly the current President of the Church. The Lord warns that those who ignore the words of the living prophets will fall (see Doctrine and Covenants 1:14–16). He promises great blessings to those who follow the President of the Church:

“Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;

“For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.

“For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 21:4–6).

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“Prophets of the Restoration”

“Follow the Prophet”

“Watchman on the Tower”

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Learning Resources

General Resources

5 Ways to Sustain and Follow the Prophets,”

Follow the Brethren on Social Media,”

Meet Today’s Prophets and Apostles,”

Sustaining Our Prophets and Apostles,”

Prophets of the Restoration,” Church History


Why Does God Call Prophets?

Church Magazines

Colette Lindahl, “Prophetic Words in an Unexpected Place,” Ensign or Liahona, October 2016

LaRene Porter Gaunt, “Words of the Prophets—Just for You,” Ensign, June 2015

Sandra Tanner and Cristina Franco, “God Speaks through Prophets,” Ensign or Liahona, March 2010

Follow the Prophet,” Friend, March 2010

Ann Jamison, “Sharing Time: The Prophets’ Examples,” Ensign or Liahona, November 2000

Janette Hales Beckham, “Sustaining the Living Prophets,” Ensign, May 1996

Mark E. Petersen, “Another Prophet Now Has Come!Ensign, January 1973

Study Manuals

In the News

Prophets,” Newsroom

Teachings of Presidents of the Church


Teaching Resources

Teaching Outlines

Stories and Activities for Teaching Children

Prophets,” Lesson Helps for Teaching Children



The Prophet and Revelation for the Church,” Scripture Stories—Doctrine and Covenants Stories, episode 12

Special Witnesses of Christ,” The Latter-day Saints Channel Q&A, episode 66