What is a Prophet?
Prophets are representatives of God and Jesus Christ who are called to declare God’s word. They hold priesthood authority, or power to act in God’s name. Throughout time God has chosen righteous men as prophets to teach the people of the earth, to prophesy of things to come, and to help them find happiness. Men like Noah, Abraham and Moses were prophets of God. All true prophets point people to God and Jesus Christ.
What a Prophet is NOT
A prophet is not perfect. They are human beings like the rest of us with faults and weaknesses. A prophet is not someone greater than the Savior or someone who takes away our personal relationship with Christ. Rather, prophets help clarify God’s word and lead men and women to happiness.
We are God’s children and He loves us. One of the ways he has shown His love to His children throughout time is by calling prophets. Mormons believe that God still calls prophets in our day. The first modern prophet was a man named Joseph Smith. We also believe that there is a prophet today. His name is Thomas S. Monson. He is also the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church).
In addition to having a prophet on the earth, the Mormon Church is led by 12 Apostles, the same way Jesus Christ organized His church when he lived on the earth.
Mormons believe that prophets are an important part to God’s work. Twice each year, the prophet and apostles of the Church speak to the members of the Church (and indeed, to the world) in a general conference. If you would like to learn more about prophets and apostles, or read their words, please read more at lds.org.