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Applying the scriptures: Spiritual safety lies in heeding a living prophet

After the destruction of Ammonihah, the chief captain of the Nephite armies, Zoram, prepared to pursue the Lamanite armies to rescue those taken captive. The first thing he did was not to sharpen his sword or ascertain the power of his men. The first thing he did is recorded in Alma 16:5: "Now Zoram . . . knowing that Alma was high priest over the church, and having heard that he had the spirit of prophecy, therefore they went unto him and desired of him to know whither the Lord would that they should go into the wilderness in search of their brethren, who had been taken captive by the Lamanites."

Alma inquired of the Lord. Zoram received Alma's counsel. He then found the Lamanite armies, scattered them and rescued his brethren.

Listening to a prophet's counsel — both collectively and individually — was emphasized by Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve during the April 1995 general conference. Elder Hales related the account of Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20, wherein armies were converging on Judah. King Jehoshaphat and his people turned to the Lord in fasting and prayer. The Lord protected them from their enemies.

Jehoshaphat then taught: "Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." (Verse 20.)

Elder Hales explained: "Our spiritual safety lies in turning to the clear voice of our living prophet. If we listen to his voice and obey his counsel, we will be able to live as Christ would have us live and endure to the end so that one day we, along with our families, will return back into the presence of our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ."