This is a follow up post to the False Prophets, False Priests, and False Teachers one. These are some of the characteristics of True Prophets, True Disciples, and True Messengers.

True messengers come directly from the presence of God. Their calling originates from God. They walk the path required for salvation and obtain. That’s what makes them worthy of listening to. The pattern is clear, those who enter heaven, while in the flesh, receive a message or book and are then commanded to give that message to the people. The message originates from the throne of Heaven. That’s how you distinguish a true message. It comes from God, it is His voice sounded through His messenger. The message is all the authority that these messengers need. Because God Himself has testified to them in the presence of His angels. That’s the spirit of prophecy or the testimony of Jesus. From Him to the messenger. That’s the pattern played out in scripture over and over again.

That’s why the need to hearken to the WORDS. Nephi emphasizes this in his final discourse (2 Nephi 33). Messages from God are important, not the messengers.

Think about the temple. It’s simple. If they aren’t sent by God, from His presence, then they are just Yankee guessers.1

  1. Prophet’s have been in the presence of God and the Angels. (1 Nephi 1:8), (1 Nephi 11:14), (Isaiah 6:1–2), (Alma 36:22), (Acts 7:55–56), (Ezekiel 1:1), (Helaman 5:45–49)
  2. Angels minister unto them. (3 Nephi 19:15), (2 Nephi 4:24), (3 Nephi 7:18), (Helaman 5:48), (Jacob 7:5), (Mosiah 3:2)
  3. They have stood in the Lord’s council. (Jeremiah 23:18)
  4. God reveals His secret unto them.2 (Amos 3:7)
  5. They have perceived and heard His word. (Jeremiah 23:18)
  6. They are made clean or whole. (Isaiah 6:6), (Zechariah 3:2–5), (Enos 1:5)
  7. They are given a new name. (Isaiah 6:6), (Zechariah 3:2–5), (Enos 1:5)
  8. They are clothed with a new garment. (Isaiah 6:6), (Zechariah 3:2–5), (Enos 1:5)
  9. The Lord makes Himself known to them in visions. (Numbers 12:6) (2 Nephi 4:23) (1 Nephi 1:8) (JS-H 1:17)
  10. The Lord speaks to them in dreams. (Numbers 12:6), (1 Nephi 2:1–2)
  11. They are given a message via a book or vision. (1 Nephi 1:11) (Rev 10:9–10) (JS-H 1:59)
  12. They are sent forth to preach. (Mark 3:14), (1 Nephi 1:18), (1 Nephi 11:7)
  13. They have power to heal sickness. (Mark 3:15), (D&C 84:67)
  14. They have power to cast out devils. (Mark 3:15), (D&C 84:67)
  15. They shall do many wonderful works. (D&C 84:66)
  16. In Christ’s name they shall open the eyes of the blind. (D&C 84:69)
  17. In Christ’s name they shall unstop the ears of the deaf. (D&C 84:69)
  18. In Christ’s name they shall cause the tongue of the dumb shall speak (D&C 84:70)
  19. If any man shall administer poison unto them it shall not hurt them. (D&C 84:71)
  20. The poison of a serpent shall not have power to harm them. (D&C 84:72)
  21. They don’t boast themselves of these things, neither speak them before the world. (D&C 84:72)
  22. They have a divine commission. (Hel 13:7) (Mosiah 2:2) (Mosiah 3:1–4,23)
  23. They are persecuted for the truth (Hel 13:24–26) (1 Ne 1:19–20)
  24. They are ordained by God. (Jer 1:5)
  25. They are commanded to speak for the Lord. (Jer 1:7)
  26. All things are made known to them by the spirit. (1 Ne 22:2)
  27. They teach people the consequences of sin. (2 Ne 9:48)
  28. God will fulfill all that is spoken by them. (3 Nephi 1:13) (D&C 42:39) (D&C 1:38)
  29. They speak as they are inspired by the Holy Ghost. (D&C 20:26) (Moses 6:32)
  30. They testify of Christ in all things. (D&C 20:26)
  31. They give the laws of the kingdom of God. (D&C 58:18)
  32. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture. (D&C 68:4)
  33. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be the will of the Lord. (D&C 68:4)
  34. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be the mind of the Lord. (D&C 68:4)
  35. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be the word of the Lord. (D&C 68:4)
  36. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be the voice of the Lord. (D&C 68:4)
  37. Whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be and the power of God unto salvation. (D&C 68:4)
  38. Receiving them is receiving Christ. (D&C 84:36)
  39. Their testimonies are offensive to others (Moses 6:37)
  40. They evoke fear in others because of their authority. (Moses 6:39) (John 18:4–6) (Alma 14:29)
  41. They walk with God. (Moses 6:39)
  42. They speak with Christ face to face as a man speaketh with a friend. (Gen 32:30) (Exodus 33:11) (Ether 12:39) (Moses 7:4) (Abr 3:11) (Ether 12:39)

To be continued…

  1. “I am not going to interpret dreams; for I don’t profess to be such a Prophet as were Joseph Smith and Daniel; but I am a Yankee guesser…” – Brigham Young, Sermon, July 26, 1857, JD 5:77.
  2. The Sôd of YHWH and the Endowment, by William J. Hamblin