Topical Guide: P
Pres. John Taylor, "The Government of God", p. 107
Pres. Taylor describes the Pangaea that existed when the Earth was created.
Pres. John Taylor, "The Government of God", pp. 113-114
Pres. Taylor describes how the continents we recombine during the events surrounding the second coming.
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
The parable itself.
John W. Welch, "The Good Samaritan: Forgotten Symbols", Ensign, Feb. 2007
Anciently, Christians understood the parable to be an allegory of the fall and redemption of man.
Parable of the Leaven
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", vol. 1, p. 99-100
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of the Leaven.
Parable of the Mustard Seed
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", vol. 1, p. 97-98
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of the Mustard Seed.
Parable of the Net Cast into the Sea
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", vol. 1, p. 101
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of the Net Cast into the Sea.
Parable of the Sower
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", vol. 1, p. 93-96
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of the Sower.
The Parable of the Talents
The Parable
"The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball", p. 149
"The parable of the talents is a brilliant summary of the many scriptural passages outlining promises for the diligent and penalties for the slothful."
The Parable of the Ten Virgins
The Parable
The parable of the ten virgins will be fulfilled at the second coming.
Elder Lynn G. Robbins, "Oil in Our Lamps", Ensign, June 2007
An interpretation of the parable of the ten virgins, applying it to out need to be temple-worthy.
Spencer W. Kimball, "Faith Precedes the Miracle", p. 256
"In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living."
Elder Dalling H. Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming", Ensign, May 2004
"The ten virgins obviously represent members of Christ's church ... "
Parable of the Treasure Hid in a Field
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", vol. 1, p. 101
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of a Treasure Hid in a Field.
Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares, and the Savior's explanation.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 96-97
Joseph Smith discusses the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q302
Pre-Christian parable.
Nephi asserts that because his parents were good, they taught him.
Parents to teach their children the gospel and to pray. Otherwise, the sin is on the parents' heads.
Satan has no power to tempt until the age of accountability. Great thing are required of their fathers during this time.
Treats on allowing children to suffer consequences and the never-ending nature of the responsibilities of parents.
Discussion of the standard parents are to teach children, and how parents can do this.
Some good thoughts and experience on respecting the agency of children while maximizing their opportunities to develop.
This is an opinion piece written while Proposition 8, a proposition which sought to amend the California Constitution to prohibit same-sex marriage in California, was to be voted on.

Written by a self-described liberal, the opinion argues in favor of proposition 8 on the grounds of a child's right to have a mother and a father. While not all of the ideas expressed are in line with the restored gospel, the main thrust of the article is very similar to some rather novel teachings presented in The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
Upon finding herself pregnant unexpectedly, the author describes how she rediscovered through Nephi ("I will go and do") that the Lord supports us when we do his will, even if we don't know how he will do it. Particularly, that he supports parents who righteously seek to multiply and replenish the Earth as the Lord commanded.
Pres. John Taylor, "The Government of God", p. 10
Pres. Taylor speaks of over-urbanization in the face of so much uninhabited land, and notes that "so fearfully does this prevail in many parts, that parents are afraid to fulfil the first great law of God, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth ;' and by desperate circumstances are almost forced to the unnatural wish of not propagating their species".
Parley P. Pratt
Matthew J. Grow, "The Extraordinary Life of Parley P. Pratt", Ensign, April 2007, pp. 56-61
A brief biography.
Part-Member or Part-Active Families
“Our Long Road to the Temple—Together,” Ensign, Oct 2007, 26–28
The story of a woman who married a less-active member then converted and struggled with the difficulty of having a husband who was not making noticeable progress towards becoming active and temple-worthy.
"Questions & Answers", Ensign, September 2008, pp. 58-61
Q: "What are some ways I can strengthen myself and progress spiritually when my spouse is not supportive of my church activity?"
From the author's experience, regular temple attendance helped to improve her patience.
Discusses the importance of peace and how peace is not something we can just reach up and grab at a moment's notice, but is the result of the application of gospel principles.

We have a commission to teach the world those principles which will bring peace.
And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

(The Bible Dictionary of the LDS version of the King James Bible notes that "peleg" means "division".)
Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews, 1.6.4
Josephus describes some genealogy and events surrounding "Phaleg", which name, he says, means "division".
Some genealogy of Peleg.
Some genealogical information related to Peleg.
Perfecting the Saints
The Church is Organized "for the perfecting of the saints..."
Perpetual Education Fund
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 132-133
Some of the persecutions practiced upon the saints recounted.
Personal Revelation
Practical instruction on personal revelation.
How Joseph Smith came to understand that he needed personal revelation.
Example of how the scriptures can lead to personal revelation.
The Lord on Oliver Cowdery's personal revelations.
Lord's promise to reveal mysteries and peacable things.
"Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you."
"I will tell you in your mind and in your heart."
Joseph Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 324
Reading of the experiences and revelations of others is not enough to understand our relation to God.
Boyd K. Packer, Ensign, Nov. 1991, p. 23
"No one of us can survive in the world of today ... without personal inspiration."
Dallin H. Oaks, "Scripture Reading and Revelation", Ensign, Jan. 1995, p. 8
Scriptures can be like an Urim and Thummim to us.
Boyd K. Packer, "Personal Revelation: The Gift, the Test, and the Promise", Ensign, Nov. 1994, subheading "Temptation"
"There can be counterfeit revelations..."
Pres. Thomas S. Monson, "Examples of Great Teachers", Ensign, June 2007, p. 106, subheading "Everyone Has a Story"
Tells a good story about how a father received revelation which enabled him to send his daughter on a mission.
Elder Henry B. Eyring, "Gifts of the Spirit for Hard Times", Ensign, June 2007
Practical advice on being prepared to receive personal revelation.
Daily revelation is possible.
Elder L. Tom Perry, "We Believe All That God Has Revealed", Ensign, Nov. 2003
Some comments on what the term "revelation" means.
"We all have the right to petition the Lord and receive inspiration through His Spirit within the realm of our own stewardship."
"However, we cannot receive revelation for someone else’s stewardship."
Elder Richard G. Scott, "Learning to Recognize Answers to Prayer", Ensign, Nov. 1989
"Don’t worry about your clumsily expressed feelings. Just talk to your Father. He hears every prayer and answers it in His way."
"When He answers yes, it is to give us confidence.
When He answers no, it is to prevent error.
When He withholds an answer, it is to have us grow through faith in Him, obedience to His commandments, and a willingness to act on truth."
Nephi prays and receives a confirmation of his father's calling.
Nephi prays for his brothers and the Lord answers.
Nephi guided by the spirit, "not knowing beforehand the things which [he] should do".
He is commanded to kill Laban.
Discusses the importance of personal revelation.
Discusses how to qualify to receive personal revelation.
Discusses how to discern the source of revelation.
"Spiritual Promptings", Ensign, September 2008, pp. 18-22
Various personal experiences shared by members regarding personal revelation.
Joshua J. Perkey, "Finding My Faith", Ensign, October 2008
A member retells his conversion experience, with some particularly good detail regarding his learning about personal revelation through experience.
Pillars of Seth's Descendants
Josephus, Antiquities, 1.2.3
"Seems to mistakenly identify the Great Pyramid with one of these pillars."
H. Donl Peterson, "The Story of the Book of Abraham: Mummies Manuscripts and Mormonism", pp.128-129
Oliver Cowdery cited as saying "Enoch's" pillars are mentined in the Book of Abraham.
Note 1
The idea behind these pillars, according to tradition and extrabiblical writings, is as follows:
Adam had prophecied that the Earth should be covered once by water and once by fire. Seth's descendants, being learned, especially in astronomy, sought to preserve the knowledge they had worked to obtain through these catastrophies. Apparently they had some uncertainty as to the order of the catastrophies, for they built two pillars on which they inscribed much of their knowledge. One was designed to be able to survive through a flood, and the other was designed to survive a great burning.
L. Tom Perry discusses the importance of planning in our lives, using the dispensation as an example of God's planning and extrapolating relevant principles.
The Plates of Ether
Relationship to Book of Mormon explained.
The Plates of Mormon
Gold Plates
The Plates of Mormon are the Gold Plates
The Plates of Nephi
Two kinds, the small plates and the larger plates.
Contents described and relationship to the book of mormon explained.
Nephi abridges father's record and then makes an account of his own life.
The Lord's law of marriage.
Manifesto issued by Wilford Woodruff changing the church's policy on poligamy.
Gordon B. Hinckley, "What Are People Asking about Us?", Ensign, Nov. 1998
(Question 4)
Good succinct explanation of church's stance on poligamy.
Josephus, Wars, 1.24.2
Herod's poligamy and the traditions of the Jews.
The Lord found the poligamous practices of David and Solomon to be abominable.
Desired that the Nephites should be purified from this evil.
Poligamy should not be practiced among Nephites unless commanded.
It is worth noting that in the cases of David and Solomon, the Lord did, himself, give them multiple wives, but they clearly went to excess and took not only more than was given, but also that which was expressly forbidden. (For example, David took Bathsheba, and Solomon had many foreign wives.)
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 11Q19, Col. 57
Sectarian work defining an ideal law of Jerusalem.
The king is to have only one wife at a time.
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", Vol. 1. p. 120
(May 8, 1838) Joseph Smith states that "we" do not believe in having multiple wives at once.
An interesting blog entry which details some research done which revisted an old affidavit of Zina's, in which she putatively claimed to Joseph Smith's wife "in very deed" (assumed to imply a sexual relationship). Zina is a supposed polyandrous wife of Joseph's. The review of source material fails to reveal any such phrase as "in very deed", debunking this (otherwise still not completely convincing) imputation made by detractors, that Zina had made explicit that she had had a sexual relationship with the prophet.
Polyandry is a marriage arrangent in which one woman is married to multiple men at the same time.

Normally, in Mormon-usage, poligamy does not encompass polyandry, although, by definition, polyandry is a subset of polygamy.

LDS doctrine does not apparently permit polyandry. Nevertheless, there exists some debate regarding supposed polyandrous marriages Joseph Smith may have been involved in. The exact nature of these relationships is not well known enough to really be able to determine if there was any real polyandry. It may also be that there is more to correct doctrine than is superficially apparent.
Josephus, "Flavius Josephus against Apion", 2.34-36
Treats on the nature of the ancient polytheistic notions. How the God's varied and warred amongst each other as well as how the governors and other orators multiplied the God's in their speaking for the sake of holding their audience and promoting their notions.
Gordon B. Hinckley, "An Unending Conflict, a Victory Assured", Ensign, June 2007, subheading: "The Pattern of Conflict"
"No son or daughter of our heavenly father can afford to partake of ... pornography."
Dan Gray, "Talking to Youth about Pornography", Ensign, July 2007, pp. 48-51
Thoughts on why we need to talk to our youth about pornography and what we need to tell them.
An official church website dealing with the subject of pornography.
Adam C. Olson, "A Firm Foundation in a Shaky World", Ensign, June 2007
Article focused on members in Portugal and the 1755 Lisbon earthquake.
Posession by Unclean Spirits
Man posessed by a legion of devils.
Devils enter into swine.
See JST.
"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man ..."
Brigham Young, "Building Up Zion, Etc.", Journal of Discourses, Vol. 13, p. 155
"If we do not feel like [praying], we should pray till we do."
"When the time comes to have prayers, let them be made, and there will be no danger."
Prophetic counsel to use "thee", "thy", and "thou" rather than "you", "your", and "ye".
While agreeing with the counsel, I take some issue on some of the justification offered up with the counsel. I give my thoughts on why it is the Lord is asking us to do this and related issues, below.
What Prayer Is.
Why We Pray.
Pray to the Father.
Ask for Temporal and Spiritual Blessings.
Pray for Others.
When and Where to Pray.
How to Pray.
Use Both Agency and Prayer.
Follow the Formalities of Prayer.
- Among other things, mentions using "thee", "thou", and "thy".
Live as You Pray.
the way we address our Father in Heaven in prayer
-Use a simple salutation.
use the sacred language of prayer
-"thee", "thou", "thy"
offer prayers of gratitude
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 255-259
How the mode of prayer was corrupted during the apostasy.
Language of Prayer
The guiding principle seems, clearly, to be, that application of biblical language in prayer, enhances our devotion, shows respect for the Lord, and brings more of a spirit of reverence to prayers. Dallin H. Oaks makes a good point regarding this principle, that this pecial language is a learned skill, yet all should pray. It is not necessary to speak biblically then, but rather to offer up the best that we have and seek to grow in our ability.
It has, rather, been reasoned, that because prophets now pray using biblical language, that this means we should, or because the Book of Mormon uses thee's and thou's, we should. The Bible is even cited as exemplary authority on this issue, it being entirely neglected that this language was not special at the time of the translation of the King James Version of the Bible. Thee's and thou's are not restricted to God. This is the same in the Book of Mormon, except that such language was less common. It is noteworthy, however, that even in modern times, thee's and thou's are used in the translation of ancient texts as they give more accuracy to the translation. The Book of Mormon does not use "thee" and "thou" as honorary pronouns for God, but rather as second person singular pronouns properly and precisely indicating the nature of the entity being addressed. This is also the case in the Doctrine and Covenants, where thee's and thou's are likewise used for all second person singular references regardless of whether or not God is being addressed. This then is the tradition under which the prophets have labored, and thus, see
ms natural for them, traditionally.
The Doctrine and Covenants, provides a good starting point to suggest the language is important for us even today. The Doctrine and Covenants is not a translation, yet it contains this biblical language. We might see this as the beginning of the modern tradition of using this language for our own prayers and the Lord responds in kind. This is highly suggestive of its importance and yet is perhaps even more telling, in that since the special language is used universally, then in our prayers, perhaps we ought to do the same. Usually this isn't an issue, however, except when giving a blessing.
The use of the special language tends to strengthen reverence, which is conducive to the spirit. Perhaps less importantly, the language is also more precise.
The Premortal Existence
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 126-134
The Bible Speaks of a Premortal Life. p. 126
The Early Christian Writers Spoke of a Premortal Life. p. 129
The Doctrine of a Premortal Existence is Banned by the Ongoing Church. p. 131
Human Experience Confirms a Premortal Life. p. 133
Why the Doctrine Needed to Be Restored. p. 133
Wordsworth, "Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood"
"Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting."
Enoch 48:1-3
Description of the time when Christ ("the Elect One") was foreordained to his mission, "before the sun and signs were created ...".
Riches made Nephites proud, and they judged themselves by the riches they obtained.
Pride can destroy one's soul.
Whoredoms more serious than pride.
One man's experience with battling his own pride in the management of his business.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 138
"We would say, beware of pride also; for well and truly hath the wise man said, thaty pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall. And again, outward appearance is not always a criterion by which to judge our fellow man; but the lips betray the haughty and overbearing imaginations of the heart; by his words and his deeds let him be judged."
Guidelines for avoiding abuse of authority.
Priesthood conferred by priesthood holder by the laying on of hands.
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy", pp. 293-304
Discusses the loss of the priesthood during the Great Apostasy and as an evidence of the Great Apostasy. The priesthood was never totally removed from the earth. Also discusses priesthood keys.
Gordon B. Hinckley, "Inspirational Thoughts", Ensign, September 2007, Subheading: "Live Worthy of the Priesthood", ""
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 111-113
Revelation and the priesthood.
Offices of the priesthood.
The responsibility to rebuke.
Proclaiming the Gospel
Andy Cargal, "Tours and Testimonies", Ensign, July 2007, pp. 32-37
An article on the temple square mission.
Donna Pike Jones, "Too Busy to Share the Gospel?", Ensign, July 2007, pp. 38-39
Donna shares an experience she had where she felt she was too busy to share the gospel, but unexpectedly found an opportunity anyway.
Missionary work to be done in the last days.
Elder Quentin L. Cook, "Be a Missionary All Your Life", Ensign, September 2008, pp. 44-49
Some tips on being a good member-missionary.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", pp. 40-41
When preaching the gospel, "avoid contentions and vain disputes with men of corrupt minds, who do not desire to know the truth."
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 85-87
As the Elders go about warning the inhabitants of the Earth to gather together, they should not commence with the children and the wives, but with the fathers, nor should they seek to persuade children and wives to gather contrary to a father's will, but if the father will not gather, then they should obtain permission to teach his family, and failing that, the sin be upon the head of the father. (The same paradigm is applied to parents and children as well as master and slave.)
Reprint of an address delivered in October 1946
Speaks about the obligation we as church members have to spread the Gospel.
"missionary work at home must increase as never before. We shall employ every modern device—the telephone, telegraph, radio, printing press, the short wave systems … , and the other devices that are coming."
Prodigal Son
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 130
"Abstain from ... all profane language"
Promises of God
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 70
Joseph recounts an incident in which Martin Harris had boasted that, due to some promise of God, he could handle serpents without receiving harm. While fooling with a black snake with his bare feet, he was bitten, and Joseph reproved him saying "it was presumptuous for any one to provoke a serpent to bite him, but if a man of God was accidentally bitten by a poisonous serpent, he might have faith, or his brethren might have faith for him, so that the Lord would hear his prayer and he might be healed; but when a man designedly provokes a serpent to bite him, the principle is the same as when a man drinks deadly poison knowing it to be such. In that case no man has any claim on the promises of God to be healed."
Property Rights
"We believe in the right and control of property."
J. Reuben Clark Jr., "Private Ownership under the United Order and the Guarantees of the Constitution", Improvement Era, Nov. 1942
Prophecies about Christ
"I will raise them up a prophet ... like unto [Moses]"
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q541, "The Words of Levi"
Thoughts echoed by Simeon in Luke 2:32
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q252, Col. 5, Lines 1-7
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q382, "An Apocryphon of Elijah", Frag. 104, Line 8
A comment about taking the sins of Israel upon the head of some individual.
In Jacob's blessing of Judah.
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q521
A description of the doings of the Messiah whereby he could be recognized.
Compare Matt. 11:2-5
The Dead Sea Scrolls, 11Q13
An interesting text which seems too sectarian to be taken too seriously, but evinces an interesting interpretation of scripture which is very Christian and may originate from outside the sect.
Enoch 39:6-9
Millenial Christ
Enoch 45:3-4
Christ ("Elect One") as judge and his millenial destiny.
Enoch 48-51
Comprehensive overview of Christ's ("Elect One", "Son of Man") mission.
Enoch 69:26-29
"Son of Man" shall sit in judgement.
"For I [the Lord] and My son will be united with them for ever ..."
Prophecies about Joseph Smith
"A choice seer will I raise up out of the fruit of [Joseph, son of Jacob's] loins"
Name given
See also The Dead Sea Scrolls, "The Damascus Document", Geniza A, Col. 6 for and ancient interpretation that supports the idea that this verse is referring to a prophet.
"the book is deliviered to him that is not learned"
Same as Isaiah 29.
"My grandfather, Asahel Smith, heard of the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, and he said it was true, for he knew that something would turn up in his family that would revolutionize the world."
History of the Church, 2:443
Also quoted in "Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith", p. 45

"My grandfather, Asael Smith, long ago predicted that there would be a prophet raised up in his family, and my grandmother was fully satisfied that it was fulfilled in me. My grandfather Asael died in East Stockholm, St. Lawrence county, New York, after having received the Book of Mormon, and read it nearly through; and he declared that I was the very Prophet that he had long known would come in his family."
Prophecies Made by Joseph Smith
"Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith", p. 431
Elizabeth Ann Whitney recalls a time the Prophet took her family in during a time of need and how she later remembered that during a time when the Prophet had been in need and her family had taken the Prophet in, that he had prophecied "that even as we had done by him, in opening our doors to him and his family when he was without a home; even so should we in the future be received by him into his house."

This recollection is further cited from: Elizabeth Ann Whitney, "A Leaf from an Autobiography", Woman's Exponent, Nov. 15, 1878, p. 91
"If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."
Ezra Taft Benson, "Fourteen Fundamentals ...", Tambuli, June 1981
Brigham Young Cited: "I would rather have the living oracles than all the writing in these book." (Refering to the scriptures.)
George Q. Cannon, "Gospel Truth"
Scriptures insufficient to guide us w/o living prophets.
Tad R. Callister, "The Inevitable Apostasy and the Promised Restoration", p. 77
Cites Papias in the early second century as follows:
"For I imagined that what was to be got from books [the scriptures] was not so profitable to me as what came from the living and abiding voice."
Cites Ralph Waldo Emerson (as cited by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, "Prophets, Seers, and Revelators", p. 8) as follows:
"It is my duty to say to you that the need was never greater [for] new revelation than now. The doctrine of inspiration is lost. ... Miracles, prophecy, ... the holy life, exist as ancient history [only]. ... Men have come to speak of ... revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. ... It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake."
Talks about prophets as examples and models to follow.
The prophet is the only an who speaks for the Lord in everything.
The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
The prophet will never lead the Church astray.
The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
The prophet does not have to say "Thus saith the Lord" to give us scripture.
The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
The prophet is not limited by men's reasoning.
The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
The prophet may be involved in civic matters.
The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency--the highest quorum in the Church.
The prophet and the presidency--the living prophet and the First Presidency--follow them and be blessed; reject them and suffer.
Joseph Smith, compiled by Joseph Fielding Smith, "Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith", p. 88
Reflections by the prophet upon a man's being surprised that Joseph Smith was nothing but a man. Prophets are men "subject to like passions as we are".
Joseph Smith Jr. in Dean C. Jesse, ed., "The Papers of Joseph Smith", Vol. 1. p. 120
"Fifth - 'Do you believe Joseph Smith, Jun., to be a Prophet?'
Yes, and every other man who has the testimony of Jesus. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.-Rev. 19:10."
"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the Prophets. "
"... by the spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh."
Only the prophet is authorized to receive revelations for the church.
Duties of the President of the Church. Derscription of his calling.