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Thursday, April 21, 2011

What do clutch players and prophets have in common?

The basketball season is winding down.  The playoffs are coming up, and it's crunch time for everybody.  Though NBA players are all amazing, there is a difference between being a superstar and a winner.  Though a superstar may know how to play the game really well, a winner knows how to win the game, even when the pressure is on.  Check out these clutch ballers.

When time is winding down, you want to get the ball to someone you can trust, someone you know can nail the shot when the final buzzer tics.

 So now.... what does a clutch NBA player have in common with a prophet?

You can count on them!  In the Old Testament, the prophet Amos said:

"Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets."

Heck, even God passes the ball to the prophets when it's on the line!  He trusts them so much that he will reveal His secret to the world through the prophets.  Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, immediately said after he was given his speech back that (Luke 1:70-71):

"he (the Lord) spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;"

We know that God is the "same yesterday, today, and forever",  and that he will work the same way forever.  Heck, in this crazy world we live in, has there ever in recorded history been a greater need for a prophet on the Earth?  Though there may be many self-proclaimed 'prophets', the Savior gave us a guide on how to know of a true prophet!  He says (Matthew 7:16):

"Ye shall know them by their fruits."

What fruits is He talking about?  The Apostle Paul clarifies that they are the fruits of the Spirit, which are (Galatians 5:22-23):

"love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance"

God once again speaks to us today through a living prophet, President Thomas S. Monson.  God continues to speak to us through revelation by means of prayer and also by means of His chosen servant.  I know that as we follow the prophet, we cannot be led astray.  What comfort it is to know that God has provided us with a clutch player to count on in the closing seconds in these latter days!  Listen to the words God has directed us to hear on what matters most in this life.

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