(Disclaimer: These views are all based on my knowledge and interpretation as an active Latter Day Saint, or “Mormon”, only the actual article of faith I list should be considered “official”. Still, I try to be accurate and do my homework 😉
We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth.
The church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized according to revelation, with leaders that are called of God and not of man and who hold the authority of the Holy Priesthood, and is based on the same structure that Christ established himself on the earth.
Hebrews 5:4 (and numerous references in the Book of Mormon) help us understand that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Throughout life we’re constantly bombarded with the challenge of discerning truth and right. Those of you who are reading this post who are not Mormon face a similar challenge, to determine for yourself if the teachings of Mormonism are true (which you can know through personal revelation – James 1:5, Moroni 10:4).
But how refreshing it is when we find instances, such as this, where the establishment of His church today is the same as it was in times past. Seeing the same template of organization is one of the easiest ways to recognize His church. For “by their fruits, ye shall know them”. How is that so? Because the things that they know, do, and believe, shall be recognizable as what He taught and did on the earth.
And aside from the refreshing sameness of church structure, how invigorating it is to know that at the head of His church today, just as in times of old, we are guided by a holy prophet, called of God, who holds all the necessary keys and authority of the priesthood to officiate in the church of God and all the necessary ordinances required for us to reach our exaltation.
The belief in a true and living prophet is very unique to Mormonism. For we believe that God truly is the same today as he was yesterday, that today, just as yesterday, he works through prophets. “Surely the Lord God will do nothing save he reveals his secrets to his servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). These prophets play a crucial role today, as they did in times past, in teaching and testifying of the Savior and his gospel, and in warning us of those timely issues that we face, that we might, at all times, be prepared.
How wonderful it is that this prophet, the apostles, and other church leaders were called of God, and did not aspire, nor ever seek for their positions, but rather agreed to give up their lives to serve the Lord, when they were asked. I find great inspiration in the organization of the church, and enjoy the distinctive flavor of divinity in its structure and workings.
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