What is the ROLE of a Prophet? | Helaman 7-12 | Come Follow Me

What is the role of a prophet? Is the role of a prophet the same as what is in the Old Testament? New Testament, and The Book of Mormon? How do the roles of the prophets in the scriptures compare to what the modern-day prophets do currently? The Come Follow Me lesson this week helps figure this out. Let's look at a few scriptures to help us!



Prophets Call People to Repentance: Helaman 7:17-18 

17 O repent ye, repent ye! Why will ye die? Turn ye, turn ye unto the Lord your God. Why has he forsaken you?
18 It is because you have hardened your hearts; yea, ye will not hearken unto the voice of the good shepherd; yea, ye have provoked him to anger against you.



Prophets Are Messengers Called By God: Helaman 7:29

29 Behold now, I do not say that these things shall be, of myself, because it is not of myself that I know these things; but behold, I know that these things are true because the Lord God has made them known unto me, therefore I testify that they shall be.



Heavenly Father gives Power to his Prophets: Helaman 10:7

Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven; and thus shall ye have power among this people.



Prophets Declare and Preach the Word of God: Helaman 10:11-12

11 And now behold, I command you, that ye shall go and declare unto this people, that thus saith the Lord God, who is the Almighty: Except ye repent ye shall be smitten, even unto destruction.
12 And behold, now it came to pass that when the Lord had spoken these words unto Nephi, he did stop and did not go unto his own house, but did return unto the multitudes who were scattered about upon the face of the land, and began to declare unto them the word of the Lord which had been spoken unto him, concerning their destruction if they did not repent.



Another notable set of verses is Helaman 9:21-36, which showcases the power of revelation that the Prophet has.


From these Come Follow Me verses in Helaman, this is what we've learned:


- Prophets Call People to Repentance
- Prophets Are Messengers Called By God
- Heavenly Father gives Power to his Prophets
- Prophets Declare and Preach the Word of God


Do you believe that the modern-day prophets follow these roles? What are some other roles that YOU would add to our list from this weeks Come Follow Me?
Let us know in the comments!