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  • Matt 16:16-19: Peter's confession. We use these verses in the LDS Church as a proof text to show that the rock upon which the church will be built is revelation. Because that is probably not an obvious interpretation to the casual non-LDS reader the discussion generally stops there. However, revelation to whom and about what is a critical consideration. The typical Sunday school class member, when pressed, will respond that it is revelation to the prophets from Joseph Smith to the present president of the Church. That is correct and it is critical to the Church. It is, however, not the end of the discussion and is not sufficient for salvation. Equally as important as revelation to the prophet is revelation to the individual member. The prophet may have regular revelation which the member hears and studies but if the individual member does not personally rely on and partake of the rock of revelation by seeking and following the spirit, by gaining a personal testimony then the individual will gain no eternal benefit from revelation given to the prophet or from an academic understanding of the Savior or his gospel.

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  • Matt 17:20. Gordon B. Hinckley, "The Faith to Move Mountains," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 82–85. President Hinckley tells of the rescue of the Willie and Martin handcart companies and other personal stories of faith and sacrifice. Speaking of the Church, he said: "In the on-working of this great cause, increased faith is what we most need. Without it, the work would stagnate. With it, no one can stop its progress."
  • Matt 17:20. Craig A. Cardon, "Moving Closer to Him," Ensign, Nov 2006, pp. 94–96. After Elder Cardon relates a story in which his young son asks him to use the priesthood to move a mountain, he introduces his subject thus: "While the Lord truly taught those to whom He had given the priesthood that by faith mountains would hope is to bring greater understanding to that aspect of the doctrine of the priesthood which moves individuals closer to God, affording them the opportunity to become like Him and live eternally in His presence."


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