March Theme: How Heavenly Father lets his plan made known to his children...
Since the beginning of the world, our Heavenly Father has always made his plan of happiness known unto us.
He chooses special messengers and gives and them authority to reveal his plan to his children.
These men are called prophets, and their duty is to make sure Heavenly Father's will is made known:
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" - Amos 3:7
"And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." -Hebrews 5:4
The prophets help us understand the Gospel of Jesus Christ better, and encourage us to follow and live the teachings of Jesus Christ. They often warn us of the consequences of sin and encourage us to repent:
"And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye aspiritually been bborn of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty cchange in your hearts?
Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body?
I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you?
Or otherwise, can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God?
I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
I say unto you, can ye think of being saved when you have yielded yourselves to become subjects to the devil?
I say unto you, ye will know at that day that ye cannot be saved; for there can no man be saved except his garments are washed white; yea, his garments must be purified until they are cleansed from all stain, through the blood of him of whom it has been spoken by our fathers, who should come to redeem his people from their sins." - The Book of Mormon prophet, Alma, teaches his people the importance of spiritually preparing ourselves to meet God and repenting of our sins, Alma 5:14 - 21
Their most important role is to stand as a witness for Jesus Christ and bear testimony that he lives:
"And now if Christ had not come into the world, speaking of things to come aas though they had already come, there could have been no redemption.
And if Christ had not risen from the dead, or have broken the bands of death that the grave should have no victory, and that death should have no sting, there could have been no resurrection.
But there is a resurrection, therefore the grave hath no victory, and the sting of death is swallowed up in Christ.
He is the light and the life of the world; yea, a light that is endless, that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life which is endless, that there can be no more death."
-The Book of Mormon Prophet, Abinadi, bears his testimony of Christ before wicked men. He is later on put to death for his testimony. Mosiah 16:6 - 9 Taken from http://freebookofmormon.files.wordpress.com/2008/01/308-abinadi.jpg
Whenever we choose to follow the prophet's counsel and follow our Heavenly Father's plan for us, we will be blessed.
Whenever we choose to not heed the prophet's counsel, we miss out on the blessings we would have received, had we had chosen to follow the prophet.
When we follow the prophet, we are promised that the "strife of the world will not overwhelm us, and we can enjoy the assurance of being in harmony with God's will". - Preach My Gospel, pp. 75