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Sunday, September 29, 2013

God's Patterns

God follows patterns. This is a fact exemplified throughout the scriptures. Especially when it pertains to us, His children, and receiving his guidance. The Lord has sent us as His husbandmen in his vineyard (Mark 12). We see later the Lord sent servants unto the husbandmen to gather the fruit. Who are those servants?
Amos, an Old Testament prophet, tells us clearly "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." (Amos 3: 7). These prophets or servants, were rejected. After one was rejected, "And again he sent another; and him they killed, and many others; beating some, and killing some." (Mark 12: 5) He followed this pattern until he sent His only begotten son. Before He sent Christ, however, He sent a prophet to prepare the way. Before Christ's first ministry, it was John the Baptist. Later, the Son was rejected. It is something we all hear: Christ died for our sins. The great thing about this is that he overcame death. He is alive and well today. He is going to come again a second time to the vineyard.

I was talking to a woman of another faith. I drew out this pattern out for her and I asked, "If this is the pattern God had then, wouldn't God call another prophet today?"
She looked at me as said, "Some say there already is a prophet today, we just don't know who he is."
The thought then came mind. "Why would God call a prophet and not give us the opportunity to know?" My response, however, was thus, "He has called a prophet. He called a prophet in 1820 to prepare the world for His Second Coming. Today, we have a living prophet by the name of Thomas S. Monson. You can know this by reading The Book of Mormon and asking the Lord in prayer if what we are telling you is true." This is a part of the unique message we want to share.  Just like the prophets of the Old Testament, the prophets today point toward Jesus Christ. This is a wonderful talk by one of Christ's Modern Apostles Elder Jeffery Holland.

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