If you've received a good education, you might even be able to recite it from memory. Everyone knows the irony of that line where Lincoln says "the world will little note, nor long remember what we say here" — ironic because his brief dedicatory remarks have become the most famous American speech. In fact, the Gettysburg Address must rank high among the greatest speeches anywhere. It is right up there with the Apology of Socrates and the Funeral Oration of Pericles, with the added benefit that Lincoln's was actually written and delivered by him, whereas the speeches by Socrates and Pericles come to us secondhand, so to speak, from Plato and Thucydides.
What is a prophet according to LDS belief? Here is a brief description from the article "Prophet" in the Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. The word "prophet" comes from the Greek prophetes, which means "inspired teacher.
Since the Lord has chosen some of his servants to be foretellers--to disclose, sometimes in specific terms, momentous events that are to occur--the predictive element often overshadows other implications of the word in the minds of some.
But the gift of prophecy is not restricted to those whose words have been recorded in scripture. By scriptural definition, a prophet is anyone who has a testimony of Jesus Christ and is moved by the Holy Ghost Rev. Schools of prophets and "sons" followers of prophets, some false and some true, existed in large numbers in Old Testament times.
In modern times, speaking of Brigham Young, Elder Wilford Woodruff said, "He is a prophet, I am a prophet, you are, and anybody is a prophet who has the testimony of Jesus Christ, for that is the spirit of prophecy" Journal of Discourses It follows that this spirit does not operate in every utterance of its possessor.
The Prophet Joseph Smith explained that "a prophet [is] a prophet only when he [is] acting as such" History of the Church 5: A belief in divinely called prophets lies at the heart of LDS doctrine see the Articles of Faith, for example. We recognize the biblical prophets as well as those in the Book of Mormon, and we accept authorized modern prophets who lead and have led the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
We believe that Joseph Smith and all subsequent presidents of the church were and are prophets and representatives of Jesus Christ and special witnesses of Him to the world.
The President of the Church is not only a prophet commissioned of Christ, but like Peter of old, also holds the keys of the kingdom Matt. Modern prophets and apostles are like the prophets and apostles of ancient times: Prophets and other ministers who are not called by God are unlikely to benefit the people Jer.
True prophets did not go to college to get a degree from men, nor did they call themselves to the ministry. There was no doubt about the source of the call and the source of the authority they received. Recall the words of Christ to his apostles in John Recall that Aaron was called to the priesthood by God through the prophet Moses and was anointed to the office of priest by Moses Exodus The prophet Joshua was likewise ordained given authority by Moses through the laying on of hands Deut.
Other scriptures showing this pattern and related concepts about authority include 1 Tim. Why did the world need Joseph Smith as a prophet? We believe that God has always worked through prophets and apostles, leading his people and His Church through revelation - direct, clear, revelation to chosen leaders - not through committees, councils, or debate among scholars.
When widespread apostasy occurs and prophets and apostles are rejected, there can be a loss of such gifts, until God restores them. Such happened in the first couple of centuries after Christ, as chosen and ordained apostles and prophets were rejected, martyred, and eventually replaced, sometimes by usurpers and power-seekers, sometimes by apostates who changed the doctrine to make it more pleasing to the worldly philosophies of the day, and sometimes by well meaning men who lacked divine authority.
In any case, much of the original Church was lost and waited the time of the restitution of all things Acts 3: This restoration of the fullness of the Gospel took place through a mortal but divinely commissioned prophet of God, Joseph Smith, who established the church under divine direction in There have been numerous allegations against Joseph Smith by enemies of the Church, including some who once were members but turned against the Church.
The allegations were inflammatory enough to stir up mobs that sought to kill Joseph and drove many Latter-day Saints from one community to another. Joseph finally was jailed - on false charges of treason - and was killed by a mob in Illinois in In spite of the much evil that has been said of Joseph Smith, the vast majority of those who knew him loved him and affirmed his goodness and his divinely appointed role as a prophet.
We need not rely on uncertain rumors or hearsay to determine whether he was a fraud or not.
The Book of Mormon offers concrete evidence - mountains of it - for anyone to determine whether this farmboy was a genuine prophet of God or just a gifted but evil charlatan.
The Book of Mormon is his translation of an ancient sacred record from peoples in Central America, some of whom also knew of the coming of Christ and of His atonement.
Their record, a page volume covering over a thousand years of events and prophecies, stands as a second witness for Jesus Christ, in harmony with the Bible, with a beauty and power that has changed millions of lives for the better - including mine.
Read it carefully, ponder it, and pray to God to know for yourself if it is His word, with the Bible, or if it is a malicious fraud.In this essay, I will discuss Bathsheba’s character by attempting to describe her strengths and weaknesses, and show how most of these characteristics are delivered to us on our first encounter with Bathsheba’s in the incident at the tollgate.
This matter of Bathsheba was a willful, I know it is wrong but I will do it anyways, act. you will enter reverently, carefully, and prayerfully, with every intention to protect God’s heart.
Then consider the great responsibility he will put in your hands when you enter His heart. Almost all of them were good and faithful kings, judges, or aristocrats, and not one of them was punished for practicing polygamy per se.
King David was condemned for his adultery with Bathsheba and murder of her husband, not his polygamy. 2 Samuel – It would remind Matthew’s readers about Genesis The same kind of gentle bird came back to Noah after the flood.
This bird was a sign that Jesus would do his work in a gentle way. By Joseph C. Sommer. Introduction. Humanists reject the claim that the Bible is the word of God.
They are convinced the book was written solely by humans in an ignorant, superstitious, and cruel age. WORSHIP AND WITNESS WEEK 1 Great Commission Worship Is Formational Making pottery has been a respected profession and hobby for thousands of years, and it continues to be an important part of many cultures around the world.
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