Follow the Prophet
When asked how he led the church, Joseph Smith explained that he taught correct principles and the members of the church governed themselves. Today, our living apostles and prophets are still teaching correct principles. But, are we listening? Are we learning from their teachings? Are we obeying their words? Are we governing ourselves?
John Taylor said that “you cannot say that you submit to the law of God while you reject the word and counsel of his servants.”
Following the counsel of the brethren has always been a difficult part of obedience, yet obedience is one of our greatest sources of strength and knowledge. Elder Neal A. Maxwell put it this way: “Disobedience to the counsel of prophets, of course, is often a cumulative thing—a cumulative failure to listen to counsel. This failure may be spread over many years, rather than sudden disobedience to a single declaration. We cannot, after so many opportunities to do so, get oil for our lamps at the last minute. Nor can most of us suddenly acquire a year’s supply of food, nor can we break free of debt in a moment– especially when it has taken us years to get so deeply in debt.”
The Savior said, “Come follow me.” If we are to truly follow Him, we need to remember that He also said that “whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same.” (D&C 1:38)
As an example of good principles that are taught by the brethren, President Monson gave the following advice: “Search the scriptures with diligence, plan your life with purpose, teach the truth with testimony, serve the Lord with love.”
Following these and other teachings will enable us to govern our lives effectively.