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The Prophet as a Pattern

As the waters of the Red Sea parted and Moses led the Israelites across on dry ground, they knew they were in the presence of a true prophet of God. Like the Israelites, we are also blessed with a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, who we can follow throughout mortality as we prepare to return to live with our Heavenly Father.  

In D&C 52:14 the Lord counsels us, “…I will give unto you a pattern in all things, that ye may not be deceived.” A pattern the Lord has followed since the beginning of time is sending living prophets to guide His children here on the earth, prophets like President Monson who model the Savior.

This October will be President Monson’s 50th anniversary since he was called to be an apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve. President Monson has served the Lord diligently for more than 50 years as he served faithfully in each calling he had before being called to the Twelve. Elder Walker, of the Seventy, pointed out that we do not have to be apostles or prophets to live lives filled with service and dedication like President Monson. He shared five ways in which we can be more like President Monson, and in turn, like our Savior Jesus Christ:

1. We can be positive and happy.

Choose to have a cheery countenance, no matter what comes our way.

2. We can be kind and loving towards children.

President Monson loves children and invites them to participate in events such as temple dedications.

3. We can follow the promptings of the Spirit..

President Monson said, “The sweetest experience I know in life is to feel a prompting and act upon it and later find out it was the fulfillment of someone’s prayer or someone’s need.”

4. We can love the temple.

President Monson promised us that, “As we love the temple, touch the temple and attend the temple. Our lives will reflect our faith. As we come to these holy houses of God, as we remember the covenants we make within, we shall be able to bear every trial and overcome each temptation.”

5. We can be kind, considerate and love others.

Even as the Lord’s prophet, he finds time to visit the sick, provide priesthood blessings, send letters, make phone calls and attend funerals and viewings.

Elder Walker promised young single adults that following the prophet will keep us safe and help us grow closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. He closed by quoting the song “Follow the Prophet” found in the Children’s Songbook: “Now we have a world where people are confused, if you don’t believe it go and watch the news. We can get direction all along the way, if we heed the prophets, follow what they say. Follow the prophet, don’t go astray. Follow the prophet, he knows the way.”

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