Prophets warn against the love of money

The love of money had a devastating effect upon the Israelites. Micah and other prophets, including Isaiah, warned against the love of money:

"Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough. . . ." (Isa. 56:11.)In his April 1982 general conference address, Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Council of the Twelve said, "Greed can make a person both dishonest and gullible.'

"Good advice from those who would avoid deceitful propositions is found in Doctrine and Covenants 9:13: `Be faithful, and yield to no temptation.' "

Elder Ashton told of a friend who confided he had lost heavily in a get-rich-quick scheme because he "couldn't turn off his greed valve. Wanting more and more – living beyond one's income – makes many of us susceptible to the dishonest promoter.

Elder Ashton further said, "May we constantly remind ourselves to `seek not for riches but for wisdom; and, behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.' " (D&C 11:7.)


Prophets' ministries weren't minor

  • In the Old Testament are records of 12 religious leaders often referred to as "minor prophets." The designation of these prophets as "minor" does not mean they were less important than other prophets. The warnings issued by them bore as much as weight as any uttered by other prophets.

The term "minor" has to do with the length of their writings or accounts of their ministrations as recorded in the current Old Testament record.

The minor prophets of the Old Testament were Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi.

In the English translation of the Bible, the books named after these prophets are the last 12 books of the Old Testament.