Monday, March 28, 2005

Does God Still Have Prophets?

I remember watching Charlton Heston in the Ten Commandments as he went up on God’s Mountain. He was told to remove his sandals because the ground he was standing on was sacred. He talked with God as a man talks to another man. Have you ever, even for a moment, felt that it would have been wonderful to have stood in Moses’ place; to have talked with God as one man talks to another? Maybe it would have been enough to have talked with Moses, to ask him what it was like to know the will of God.

How would it have been to listen to Matthew, Mark, Luke or John; have them give their testimonies in person, rather than having to settle for their words as recorded in the Bible? Is that too much of a stretch; to imagine that such could be done, to listen to a Prophet of God? Does God still have Prophets, even today?

I heard a conversation some time back. It was between a very successful business executive who lives in London. He was talking to a close friend on this very subject. He turned to his friend who had posed the same question, “Does God still have Prophets and does He still extend His guidance to mankind?” The answer has stayed with me over the years as he replied, “I don’t know; but we surely need His help in this world of ours today. I would like to hear such a man, a man who has God’s words for us.” There was a pleading tonal quality in his voice as he answered, a desire that it could be true. I have paraphrased because I don’t have that conversation written down anywhere except in my memory, which has faded with time.

I think most of us would take off from our daily chores if we could hear a Prophet speak to us, something that would apply to our times. Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd you will have the opportunity to listen to a Prophet’s voice. The Annual General Conference for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is this weekend. You can listen live via the internet by visiting the official web site.

Follow the links that will provide you with details as to times and languages available. Try to set aside the adult, the cynical non-believer. Let the child in you, the part that still wants to believe that God cares enough about you that he still talks to His Prophets, let that part of you take this invitation to heart.

Would you take the time to listen to the State of the Union Address? On the outside chance that such a Prophet will talk this weekend, wouldn’t those words be at least as important?

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