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KnoWhy #284 - What Does The Book Of Mormon Teach About Prophets? (Helaman 13:4)

TitleKnoWhy #284 - What Does The Book Of Mormon Teach About Prophets? (Helaman 13:4)
Publication TypeKnoWhy
Year of Publication2017
Corporate AuthorsBook of Mormon Central Staff
PublisherBook of Mormon Central
Place PublishedSpringville, UT
KeywordsAbinadi (Prophet); Alma the Younger; Amulek; Authority; Covenant; Jacob (Son of Lehi); King Benjamin; Lehi (Prophet); Messenger; Nephi (Son of Helaman); Priesthood; Priesthood Keys; Prophecy; Prophet; Prophetess; Revelation; Samuel the Lamanite; Zarahemla (City of)

Prophets in the Book of Mormon serve in many different prophetic roles, so it can be hard to know what the term “prophet” means. The Book of Mormon shows that prophets do a lot more than tell the future. Some Book of Mormon prophets were responsible for leading God’s church with priesthood keys. But the Book of Mormon also shows that individuals can act as prophets or prophetesses, receiving a divine commission to testify, even though they weren’t presiding church authorities. The phrase “thus saith the Lord,” shows that prophets were seen as messengers from God, as messengers from a king would say “thus saith the king.”

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Scripture Reference

Helaman 13:4