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The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Amos 3:7

"In the Old Testament the Prophet Amos, you remember, said, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) I wish you would remember that. That is just as true today as it was then, but it has been restated today. Keep your eye fixed upon the prophet of your dispensation, for God is not going to do anything except He reveals it through the prophet whom He appoints in your day and mine." - Harold B. Lee, "Be Ye Not Deceived," "BYU Speeches of the Year," 1965, p. 6

"The sacred record states: 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He revealeth His secrets unto His servants the Prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) From this we learn that if there are no prophets of the Lord, then our Heavenly Father is doing nothing in a religious sense among the people of this earth; but if He is doing a work among them for their redemption, then there must be prophets. By this it will be easy to ascertain whether the prediction of Amos has been verified or not. Who, previous to the year 1827, for many centuries has found in his researches an inspired prophet who could stand in the midst of the people and say, 'Thus saith the Lord? Have not the people denied the prophets and visions of heaven? We learn from the nineteenth chapter of Revelations that 'the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.' Therefore, if any have had this testimony they have been inspired with the spirit of prophecy. And again, we are informed by the Savior, as written in the sixteenth chapter of John, that the 'Spirit of truth shall guide into all truth,' and 'show you things to come.' Who has seen things to come? And where is the word of the Lord? Surely not with those who deny prophets and apostles." - Matthias F. Cowley, "Cowley's Talks on Doctrine," p. 23-24

"Why should we have a prophet? And then I think of the passage Brother Petersen quoted yesterday, where the Lord said through the prophet Amos, 'Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) What does that mean? It means that no honest person believing in the holy scriptures could look to find God's eternal truth upon the earth without a prophet at its head, because we have no record that he has ever had a church or a movement without a prophet." - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," April 1970, p. 108

"The Lord has promised to guide and direct his Church upon the earth, for he 'will do nothing but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets.' (Amos 3:7.) This does not imply the infallibility of man, but it does imply the promise that no man or council of men who stand at the head of the Church shall have power to lead the Saints astray. With this assurance, then, the people of God in every dispensation have been justified in rendering absolute yet intelligent, obedience in the direction of the holy prophets." - John Longden, "General Conference Reports," April 1967, p. 128

"Do we need a prophet today? Does God regard his children today as dearly as he did when Amos, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel were on the earth? One of the foremost educators in America, Dr. Robert Gordon Sproul, described the need in these words: 'We have the peculiar spectacle of a nation, which to a limited extent, practices Christianity without actively believing in Christianity. We are asked to turn to the church for enlightenment, but when we do we find that the voice of the church is not inspired. The voice of the church today is the echo of our own voices. And the result of this experience already manifest is disillusionment. The way out is the sound of a voice, not our voice, but a voice coming from somewhere not ourselves in the existence of which we cannot disbelieve. It is the task of the pastors to hear this voice, cause us to hear it and tell us what it says. If they cannot hear it or if they fail to tell us what it says, we as laymen are wholly lost. Without it we are no more capable of saving the earth than we were capable of creating it in the first place.'" - Thomas S. Monson, "General Conference Reports," October 1964, p. 18

As members of the Church, by voting to sustain our new President, we have placed ourselves under a solemn covenant to give diligent heed to the words of eternal life as he gives them to us.

The modern word of the Lord says, “… You shall live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God.” (D&C 84:44.)

And how are we to receive that word? Through his prophet!

That has been the divine pattern from the beginning. Through Amos came the revelation saying, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7.) – Mark E. Petersen, “The People Say ‘Amen’,” Ensign (CR) May 1974

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