LDS General Conference: Shouldn’t the Prophet be Making Prophecies?

There are times that I stumble onto posts that put things into words that I’ve been trying to explain to others and failing at.

Mormonism: Really Want to Know?

Recently I have seen a number of anti-Mormon posts complaining that if the Church is led by a prophet, then shouldn’t he be making more prophecies?  Let him prove his prophetic calling, they challenge, by predicting the future.  You know, give us the Powerball numbers or something.

It’s not an entirely unfair question, but it reflects a misunderstanding of the organization of the Church and the calling and responsibilities of the president of the Church.

The General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will be held this weekend in Salt Lake City, and members of the Church around the world will tune in by television, the internet, or at satellite transmission at local chapels to recieve instruction and counsel from the General Authorities of the Church.  For many members this is an exciting opportunity to hear, among other things, “the prophet speak.”  But what does that mean?

To make sense…

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