Mormon Prophets Speak
In the Mormon Church only one man (the President) presides over the Church, and he is commonly called “the Prophet.” However, all members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve are called to be “prophets, seers, and revelators” and, for this reason, members of the Mormon Church consider their words of special importance, and know that these words can help them in their everyday lives.
For more information about the lives of many of these prophets and apostles go to Mormon prophets.
Selected Talks by Mormon Prophets and Other Mormon Leaders
Missionary work began again when the Lord’s Church was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. The Lord told Joseph Smith: “Proclaim my gospel from land to land, and from city to city. … Bear testimony in every place, unto every people.” In June 1830, Samuel Harrison Smith, the Prophet’s brother, began the first missionary journey for the Church. There are still Mormon missionaries today—many of them. The message they take to the world is that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior. They testify that the gospel has been restored to the earth through a prophet of God. The missionaries are given the responsibility to preach the gospel to all people, to baptize them, and to teach them to do all things that the Lord has commanded
about Mormon Temples
Joseph Smith Jr. was the founding prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Mormons call him a prophet because, according to the tradition of Old and New Testament, he relied on revelation from God for teaching the people, and not on his own wisdom or learning. In 1820, at the age of fourteen, Joseph was deeply perplexed about which church he should join, and the conflicting preaching of many religious ministers increased his uncertainty. However, he was determined to know which of the many religions was right. After reading a passage in the Bible, instructing any who lacked wisdom to “ask of God” (James 1:5), Joseph decided to turn directly to God for guidance. Early one morning in the spring of 1820, Joseph went to secluded woods to ask God which church he should follow. As he was praying, as he recounted later, God the Father and the Son appeared to him. This experience is called the First Vision by Mormons, and was the beginning of the Restoration, which event Mormons see as second in importance only to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.