Inspired by my son’s drawing on Monday night, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “follow the prophet”. Generally I’m one of those people that think that too many members blindly follow. The current President of the Church is “talked up” so much that they seem infallible (even though the Church doesn’t officially teach that). I concede, however, that is hard to fall somewhere in the middle. It’s easy for member to view their prophet that way. It’s easy for non-members to view the man as just a man. How do you give him the respect and honour he deserves, without “worshipping” him?
One thing I do know for sure, is that if we are following the counsel of our prophets, we will be happier, healthier, and more successful. That might seem like a pretty sweeping statement, but consider what the prophets have taught us… families are forever, don’t gamble, don’t look at pornography, be healthy, serve others, save money, don’t go into debt, have food storage, have a garden, etc. I often find that if I am having a struggle with something in my life, there is probably a principle that I haven’t been following as closely as I should.