Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Quentin L. Cook on heeding prophetic counsel

Elder Quentin L. Cook (b. 1940) was called as a Seventy in 1996, then as a member of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles in 2007.
"From time to time, as individuals and as a church, we go through periods of crisis and danger. Some arise quickly like a fire. Others are subtle and go almost undetected before they are upon us. Some require heroic action, but most are less spectacular. The way we respond is crucial. My purpose this evening is to reemphasize... the importance of heeding the words of the prophets. This is one sure way to respond to physical and spiritual dangers of all kinds....
"Throughout history, a loving Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, who is the head of the Church, have blessed us with prophets who counsel and warn about future dangers. (See Amos 3:7) In Doctrine and Covenants, section 21, speaking specifically of the prophet, the Lord declares:
"'Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;
"'For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.' (D&C 21:4–5) ...
"Prophets are inspired to provide us with prophetic priorities to protect us from dangers."
- Quentin L. Cook, "Give Heed Unto the Prophets' Words," Ensign, May 2008, pp. 47-50
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"Periods of crisis and danger" appear in many forms. Personal crises occur as we struggle with illness, setbacks, conflicts, relationships, emotional burdens, or many other scenarios. Crisis situations occur in families, in neighborhoods, even in nations. We live in a world that presents constant scenarios of struggle and challenge.

Elder Cook observes that some of those crises can erupt in dramatic and urgent ways; others simmer more gradually for long periods. But the crucial question is, how will we respond to them?  Elder Cook suggests that one of the great keys to appropriate and successful response in these times of challenge is carefully heeding divine guidance that is received through "the words of the prophets."

As we watch, listen, and ponder, we will notice "prophetic priorities" that will help to protect us from danger and crisis. This is a good reminder as we approach another general conference!

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