God is the same yesterday, today,
and forever. He called prophets to speak for him from the beginning of mortal
time: Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many, many more. We believe that God
continues to call prophets to lead us today.
President Ezra Taft Benson served as President and Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from November 1985-May 1994. Here is some important and insightful counsel he offered to the world during that time.
“The Lord works from the inside out.
The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the
slums. Christ takes the slums out of people, and then they take themselves out
of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ
changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human
behavior, but Christ can change human nature.
“Yes, Christ changes men, and
changed men can change the world.”
“We need not walk by the
shores of Galilee or among the Judean hills to walk where Jesus walked. All of
us can walk the path He walked when, with his words ringing in our ears, His
Spirit filling our hearts, and His teachings guiding our lives, we choose to
follow Him as we journey through mortality.
“Jesus walked the path of
disappointment. Jesus walked the path of temptation. Jesus walked the path of
pain. Each of us will walk the path of disappointment. The path of temptation
too will be the path of each. Likewise shall we walk the path of pain.
“We, with Jesus, can walk
the path of obedience. We, like Jesus, can walk the path of service. Jesus
walked the path of prayer.
Sermon on the Mount, He tells us to be merciful, to be humble, to be righteous,
to be pure in heart, to be peacemakers. He instructs us to stand up bravely for
our beliefs, even when we are ridiculed and persecuted. He asks us to let our
lights shine so that others may see them and may desire to glorify our Father
in Heaven. He teaches us to be morally clean in both our thoughts and our
actions. He tells us it is far more important to lay up treasures in heaven
than on earth.
“As we strive to place Christ at the center of our lives by
learning His words, by following His teachings, and by walking in His path, He
has promised to share with us the eternal life that He died to gain. There is
no higher end than this, that we should choose to accept His discipline and
become His disciples and do His work throughout our lives. Nothing else, no
other choice we make, can make of us what He can.
“The Savior’s example provides a framework for everything that
we do, and His words provide an unfailing guide. His path will take us safely
home.” (Italics added)