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Date Posted: 14:54:00 03/03/07 Sat
Author: wanderer
Subject: I found your post very interesting
In reply to: TastingTheBlood 's message, "How Is It..." on 13:43:52 03/03/07 Sat

You've obviously thought a lot about this. Well, you obviously think a lot about a LOT of things. That's a good thing.

I LIKE people who think! Actually, I ADORE people who think. I was raised by a dad who taught me to think and if I'm anything at all in the world, I'm my dad's daughter. He was a good and honest man, albeit not a particularly religious one. Here's the gist of what he taught me about God:

"See, God gives everyone a brain, and he gave YOU a really good one. He expects you to THINK with it. The reason he gave you a brain is because he's busy and he doesn't want you bothering him all the time. So just figure things out yourself with the good brain that God gave you and leave him alone. That's what your brain is for."

My dad was the ultimate free thinker, to the point that he was actually kind of off-beat. My sister and I laugh about the fact that he was a true original. I liked the way he was and grew up also enjoying being my own person, despite what others thought.

When I became converted to the gospel, I was awed and thrilled beyond measure to actually know from my own experience that there really was a God! That there really was a plan and a purpose to life! I had never imagined that to be true before. However, I was horrified at the thought that now I was going to have to "be like everyone else"--in other words, be a certain way, think a certain way, act a certain way and so on in things that weren't really me. What a joy it was to have the sweetness of the gospel distill upon my soul and allow me to understand that the Lord wants us to be who we are with our own unique personalities and attributes. And I additionally gained a burning witness of what a blessing it is to have guidance from above through the blessing of having living prophets.

I very much enjoyed reading YOUR thoughts about having modern-day revelation, but I'm wondering what your basis is for them? It doesn't appear to me that the foundation of your opinions on the living prophets is FROM the living prophets themselves who have explained what it means to have revelation in our day.

Kellen, the prophet has the "right" to speak on ANY SUBJECT or SITUATION. I'm not sure where you got the impression that there were topics which they do not have "authority" to speak upon! Surely not from them! The prophet may indeed have specific counsel to his family also in their individual circumstances. But he absolutely can give specific counsel to the church on any topic at all.

The point which I probably appreciated the most from your post was the very important and valid one that we must EACH be prophets and prophetesses. So true! However, we are ALL also specifically instructed to give STRICT HEED to the counsel and teachings of the prophets of God. The way these things come together, in my understanding, is like this:

The prophets speak. They give counsel, guidance and direction. As a faithful follower of Christ who truly believes that the living prophets speak for Him, I ask for revelation as to how to apply this counsel in my and my family's individual circumstances.

The prophet gives the direction. We pray for revelation as to how to specifically apply that direction in our lives.

That said, I believe I'll end this here. I don't read this board terribly often, but I have to say that when I have, I have been enormously impressed by the things you write here. I don't know that I have always agreed with them, but I admire people of character and passion for their beliefs, both of which you have. Hence, I have no wish to argue with you and to perhaps be esteemed an enemy. I already have a relationship with some others here, and hopefully they know how I feel about them. I have great admiration for Chuck, for example, and am hopelessly in love with Jay. So if I disagree with them, I assume they still know how I feel about them. As I have no previous interaction with you, I wouldn't want the first one to be perceived as an attack, especially upon someone who I think so highly of.

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