Prophets, seers and revelators have had and still have the responsibility and privilege of receiving and declaring the word of God for the world, declared Elder James E. Faust.
Basing his Saturday morning address on the 9th Article of Faith, Elder Faust of the Council of the Twelve reiterated that "the necessity for constant communication with God through the process known as divine revelation" is basic to the gospel.Concerning the first part of the Article of Faith - past revelation - Elder Faust said, "Through the ages, God's messages to His children generally have been revealed through prophets. Revelations have come by different means. Among other ways, they have come by the guidance of the Holy Ghost, which perhaps is most common, by the spoken word, and by visits from holy messengers."
Concerning present revelation, Elder Faust said, "For some strange reason it seems easier for many to believe the words of dead prophets rather than those of living prophets.
"I do not believe members of this Church," Elder Faust continued, "can be in full harmony with the Savior without sustaining His living prophet on the earth, the president of the Church. If we do not sustain the living prophet, whoever he may be, we die spiritually.
"Ironically, some have died spiritually by exclusively following prophets who have long been dead," he said. "Others equivocate in their support of living prophets, trying to lift themselves up by putting down the living prophet, however subtly."
Concerning future revelation, Elder Faust said Church members will continue to receive revelation through the Lord's prophets.
"This continuous revelation will not and cannot be forced by outside pressure from people and events. It is not the so-called `revelation of social progress.' It does not originate with prophets. It comes from God. The Church is governed by the prophet under guidance and direction of God. . . . Our safety lies in paying heed to that which he says and following his counsel."
Elder Faust explained that the 107th section of the Doctrine and Covenants contains "a grand principle" to assure that prophets, seers and revelators will never lead the people astray. The principle is that decisions are made by a unanimous voice. (see D&C 107:27.)
"This requirement of unanimity provides a check on bias and personal idiosyncracies," said Elder Faust. "It ensures that God rules through the Spirit, not man through majority or compromise. . . . It guards against the foibles of man.
"Revelation was required to establish this Church," Elder Faust concluded. "Revelation has brought it from its humble beginnings to its present course. Revelation has come like flowing, living water. Continuing revelation will lead it forward to the windup scene."