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The Character of Prophets, Part 2 of Chapter 14 of Holy Priesthood Volume 5

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The Character of Prophets, Part 2 of Chapter 14 of Holy Priesthood Volume 5

Pages 207 to 215


The Character of Prophets

Through a detailed study of the scriptures, the following pattern emerges in describing the character and work of the prophets:


  1. They continually denounce and rebuke the evils of their times among both the people and their government.
  2. After such rebukes, they expressed the Lord’s mercy and His encouragement for them to seek for Zion and His kingdom.
  3. They brought forth the word of the Lord, revelation, and scripture–often accompanied by miracles.
  4. They were actively engaged in some special project or work which required divine guidance, i.e. translation of ancient texts, building an ark, defeating the enemy in battle, etc.
  5. Prophetic direction is predicated on blessings or cursing, depending on obedience or disobedience to the Lord. An example is found in Leviticus where the Lord says, “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments. . . then I will give you [such and such blessings].” (Lev. 26:3.4) And from Deuteronomy the Lord says, “If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God. . . all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee. . . .” (Deut. 28:1,2); but “if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord, . . . all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee; . . . (28:15)