01) WHY PROPHETS: Why search the prophets for doctrinal clarity?

Prophetic Statements

Joseph Smith

“I never told you I was perfect; but there is no error in the revelations which I have taught. Must I, then, be thrown away as a thing of naught? 1

Brigham Young

I have never yet preached a sermon and sent it out to the children of men, that they may not call scripture.” 2

Joseph Fielding Smith

As I ponder the principles of the gospel, I am struck forcibly by the uniform manner in which I and all the Brethren have taught them over the years. The truths of the gospel are everlastingly the same. Like God himself, they are the same yesterday, today and forever. What I have taught and written in the past I would teach and write again under the same circumstances.

And what I say of myself should be true for all the Brethren and for all the elders of the Church. We are all called to preach the gospel, to be ministers of Christ, to raise the warning voice, and to “teach one another the doctrine of the kingdom.” 3


  1. The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 368
  2. Journal of Discourses 13:95
  3. General Conference, October 1970
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