What do the prophets say about [insert your hot-button issue of choice here]?

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Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows that every once in a while I get fire in my bones about something and I have to let it out. I have to write my thoughts “out loud” and I have to bear my testimony about it and promise the things that I know to be true. Usually it’s about one issue in particular (for example, see the previous catharses about pornography, the power of women , and the sanctity of family). Today it’s about all of those issues and many more. I don’t know about you, but lately my Internet content has been flooded, and I mean overwhelmingly filled, with discussions and commentary and articles and studies and arguments and status updates and diatribes about these issues and many more like them– gay marriage, abortion, vaccination, alcohol laws, government corruption… fill in the blank. The list goes on (painfully so).

If you feel confused and overwhelmed by some of these issues, I just want to tell you that this is the very reason that God gave us prophets. We have a living prophet and apostles, called to the whole world, to speak on behalf of the Lord and make His will known to us. The words of living prophets, like the iron rod in the vision of the Tree of Life, help us have a safe and clear pathway of truth even when surrounded by dark mists and pointing, mocking fingers. Lately, I have felt sadness when I see people I love and admire post things online that are contrary to what the prophets have taught us. I know these people love the Lord, and I think they love and try to sustain the prophet, but I fear they may not be paying attention to him.

This morning my family read from 2 Nephi 32. Verse 7 jumped out at me.  I’ve never marked it or paid attention to it before, but today, Nephi’s words captured the way I feel and reaffirmed to me the importance of practicing due diligence in our study of these issues.

I am left to mourn because of the unbelief, and the wickedness, and the ignorance, and the stiffneckedness of men; for they will not search knowledge, nor understand great knowledge, when it is given unto them in plainness, even as plain as word can be.

This is what I know to be true: Many people have many different opinions on many different issues, but so does God, and He “revealeth his secret unto to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7) Do you want to know what God thinks about marriage or abortion or pornography? Find out. Take the challenge from Nephi: search knowledge. Sure there are plenty of “experts” and websites out there who are happy to tell you more than you want to know. The answers–the true answers, the right answers–are there for the taking if we do the asking.

Type the “issue” into the search engine at gc.lds.org (collection of general conference talks) and see what the prophets and apostles–whom we’ve sustained as prophets, seers and revelators–have said. A lot of talks and resources will pop up. You may be surprised how much is available. Read all of them. Study them. Ponder them. Invite the Spirit to help you see the issue through spiritual eyes. Like Nephi said, the knowledge is given “in plainness, even as plain as word can be.” Trust that God is using his prophets to help you know the truth. Then cling to those truths. Let them be an anchor to you in a constantly shifting and angry world.

Please. Pretty please. Even the not pretty, begging kind of please. Before you speak out on a major social or political or societal issue, study what the prophets have said about it. The knowledge you find will give you confidence to speak out in truth, and the people in your circle of influence will be pointed in the right direction by your words.

I testify that peace is found and sustained by hearing and studying and following the words of the prophets. I know that living prophets are completely in touch with the issues of our day and that the Lord is not silent on these matters. I cannot articulate how much comfort it gives me to understand how the Lord feels about things that the world is constantly fighting about. I promise that the prophets and apostles are teaching the same things Jesus would teach if He were here, so until He comes again, He has promised that “whether by mine own voice, or by the voice of my servants, it is the same” (D&C 1:38).

I know it and believe it so much it puts fire in my bones.


14 thoughts on “What do the prophets say about [insert your hot-button issue of choice here]?

  1. Thank you for sharing this, for sharing your testimony on this I needed to hear this today. Its funny because a friend of mine contacted me the other day they were trying to offer support over an very strange issue that is going on at the moment. He more or less said the same thing that you just said, he contacted me out of the blue, and it isn’t a friend that I communicate with all that often, at least not in a private way like that. It is interesting when there is so much synchronicity like that, very awesome. Kind of like when you hear the same message, and even the same scriptures being cited in talks by both President Monson and the Pope…by my own voice, or the voice of my servants, it is the same – in action!

  2. You are right on. Elder Robbins at our Stake Conf this past weekend asked us ‘which way are we facing…are we representing the prophet or the people…we must NEVER compromise the Lord’s scriptures to please men. Are we lowering our standards to the standards the people want?

  3. This was wonderful. Thank you. Sometimes I struggle with what I really feel about an issue, but as soon as I go to the scriptures and the prophets I feel more clear. My husband is better about immediately doing this than I am. It’s a tough world we live in!

  4. Great post Stephanie!!! I agree 100%! I try to teach my children and the other youth or adults I may be teaching that if they have a question to do exactly what you suggested, “Don’t take my word for it, look up what the prophets have said!” It is such a blessing in our day and age that we can just sit at the computer, type the words in that little bar and hit ‘search’—that’s all it takes. (Then of course, to actually read it and then apply it……) But to know what they say….that is it, so easy—so much easier than it has been for any other people in the history of the earth!

    Thanks for the reminder and the validation 🙂

  5. Hi Stephanie,
    I think this is a topic that is on the minds of many, many of us right now. I am not one for delving into politics and many people have disregarded my opinion in the past just because I believe or know something to be right or wrong without a lot of facts/political jargin. But, to be honest, whenever the Prophet has spoken in a subject, it has always been truth for me. I did not doubt their word but I sought it out and studied it so I could better understand it. I suppose can thank my mother for that…but it is the case that there are a lot of members out there who disregard it for reasons that are beyond me. There is so much peace and happiness in the Gospel. I am thankful for living prophets because, without them and this Gospel, I would be lost.

    My brother writes a blog much like yours and I thought you might like it. It’s called Testament of the Family and it focuses on the Gospel, marriage and family. He’s one of those ‘smart people’ (haha) who studies and studies and studies the Gospel and he is often inspiring me to study more. =) I can share the link with you if you wish.

    Thanks again and God bless!

  6. I love this. Thanks!
    I was just in a university class last night and we were debating about safe injection sites and prohibition and stuff like that. During the class I was thinking to all the conference talks I’ve ever heard or read and trying to remember or think of what’s been taught. It does get confusing when there’s so many opinions and people debating. I love that we have prophets to guide us to the path of happiness.

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