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Are you following the prophet yet?

What are LDS being taught about the prophet? take a look for yourself! on lds.org there are lesson plans for teaching members all over the world!
this the the material given to teach the kids, the youth, the adults. Let's just focus on the kids to start with... (I am snipping a lot of it because there is a lot. go ahead and look for yourself though.)

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Primary 1 (For teaching children ages 18 months through 3 years, including suggestions for adapting the manual for use in the nursery)

Lesson 43 Page 142 - We Have a Living Prophet

To help each child understand that we are blessed when we follow the prophet.

Attention Activity:
One at a time, show the pictures of Noah (picture 1-29), Moses (picture 1-66), and Joseph Smith (picture 1-4). Invite the children to tell what they know about what is happening in each picture.

After discussing what the children know about the pictures, briefly explain that Jesus told Noah to build an ark so his family would be saved from a flood. Jesus told Moses to free the Israelites from slavery. Jesus told Joseph Smith that he should not join any of the churches then on the earth.

Prophets talk with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ
Explain that Noah, Moses, and Joseph Smith were all prophets. A prophet is a man who talks with Heavenly Father and Jesus. Since Heavenly Father and Jesus are not on the earth to teach us, they have prophets to help them. Heavenly Father and Jesus teach the prophet, and the prophet teaches us what we should do so that we can be blessed and happy.

We have a prophet on the earth today:
Display the picture of the living prophet. Tell the children something you know about the prophet.

Have the children stand and say, "(Name of the living prophet) is a prophet of God."

- Why do we need a living prophet? (So we can know what Heavenly Father and Jesus want us to do.)

Explain that the prophet teaches us by speaking at conferences. Conferences are big meetings attended by a lot of people. We might be able to listen to the prophet on television, radio, or recordings. His words are also written in Church magazines that our parents or others can read to us.

Have each child select a piece of paper from the bowl or basket you prepared. Read the message on each piece of paper and discuss it briefly with the children. Tell the children that these messages are all things that the living prophet has asked us to do.

Ask the children to think of ways they can follow the prophet. Toss or hand a beanbag or soft object to each child and say, "I will follow our prophet by ______." Have each child finish the sentence with a way he or she can follow the prophet.

We are blessed when we follow the prophet:
Refer again to the pictures of Noah, Moses, Joseph Smith, and the living prophet. Explain that because Noah’s family followed him, they were saved from a flood. Because the Israelites followed Moses, they were led out of Egypt into a better land. Because people followed Joseph Smith, they became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Explain that these people were blessed because they followed the prophet. We will also be blessed when we follow the prophet.

Help the children sing or say the words to the chorus of "Follow the Prophet" (Children’s Songbook, p. 110). Explain that to go astray means to do wrong things. Have a child hold up the picture of the living prophet while you sing.

Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet, follow the prophet; he knows the way.

Share your testimony of the living prophet. Tell the children that you know that when we follow the prophet, we will be blessed and happy.

Choose some of these activities to use during the lesson.

1. Obtain an audiocassette or videocassette recording of the living prophet to play for the children, or show pictures of him from Church magazines.

2. Sing or say the words to “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet” (Hymns, no. 19) for the children.

3. Retell the story of President Lorenzo Snow’s vision of the Savior (see lesson 26). Explain that Jesus appeared to President Snow to tell him how to lead the Church. Jesus told President Snow what to teach the members of the Church.

4. Think of some situations where the children could follow the prophet’s teachings. Describe each situation to the class, and have the children tell or act out what they would do in each situation to follow the prophet. For example: "You see some money in the kitchen. You would like to have it, but you know it belongs to your mother. What will you do to follow the prophet’s teaching to be honest?"

1. Display a picture of the living prophet during the entire class time. Take time to tell the children who he is. Explain that he loves them and wants to help them return to Heavenly Father and Jesus. Repeat this two or three times during the class.

2. Play "Follow the Leader" with the children. Have the children stand in a line. The first child in line runs, hops, skips, or does some other action to the other side of the room. The other children follow the first child, doing what he or she did. Then the first child goes to the end of the line, and the next child becomes the new leader. Continue until each child has had a turn to be the leader.

After the game, explain that the prophet is the leader of the Church. If we follow the things he tells us to do, he will lead us back to Heavenly Father and Jesus.
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Primary 3 (For teaching children ages four through seven)
Chapter 8 Page 35 - The Church of Jesus Christ Has Prophets to Teach Us

To help the children understand the importance of listening to and obeying the teachings of the prophets.

Jesus Christ’s Church Is Led by a Prophet

Scripture discussion
Ask the children to listen to a scripture and see if they can learn something about prophets. Read Luke 1:70. Help them understand that sometimes the Lord teaches us by telling his prophets what we need to know, and the Church always has a prophet leading it.

Explain that not everyone is called to be a prophet. Jesus Christ himself chooses who his prophet will be. When Jesus Christ chooses a prophet, he gives him all the authority he will need to preside over the Church. This prophet is also the President of the Church.

Heavenly Father Has Given Us Prophets to Lead and Bless Us

Ask the children to listen carefully to the following statements. If they agree with the statement, they should stand up. If they disagree, they should sit down. Take time to explain any statements the children do not understand. (Since all the answers to the following statements are "agree," have the children sit down between each statement. The activity is designed to give movement and large muscle activity in the classroom.)

1. We receive messages from our prophet at general conference. (Agree. Explain that the prophet’s counselors and the Twelve Apostles are also prophets.)

2. Our prophet will never tell us the wrong things to do. (Agree. Explain that we believe that what the prophet tells us will always be the right thing to do.)

3. President (name the current prophet) is the prophet and President of the Church. (Agree.)

4. Our prophet tells us the things that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want us to do so that we will be happy and be able to live with them again. (Agree.)

Teacher presentation
Explain that the prophet gives us messages in the Church magazines, speaks in meetings, and directs and teaches other Church leaders.

Explain that Jesus Christ was the greatest prophet who has lived on the earth. He taught the gospel and performed many miracles.

We Can Follow the Prophet

Treasure hunt
Have a simple progressive treasure hunt. Begin by stating: "Somewhere in this room is a message from the prophet of the Church to the members of this class. See if you can find it." Then tell the children the first clue. As each clue is found, either read it aloud or have a child who can read do so. The last clue could state something like, "It is printed on paper. It is with other pages of paper. It has a colorful cover." When the children discover the magazine, read or have a child read from the magazine the marked message from the prophet. Then explain what a treasure the words of a prophet are. Prophets can tell us how to live so that we can return to Heavenly Father.

Bear your testimony of the blessings that have come to you through studying the teachings of the prophets in the scriptures and obeying the living prophet. You might want to share a personal experience of how a teaching from a prophet has influenced your life.

Enrichment Activities
1. Have the children stand in a line and march quietly around the room while saying or singing the words to the chorus of "Follow the Prophet" (Children’s Songbook, pp. 110–11). After finishing the chorus each time, the child at the front of the line should tell how he or she will follow the teachings of the prophet and then go to the end of the line. Be sure each child gets a turn to be at the front of the line.

Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; don’t go astray.
Follow the prophet, follow the prophet,
Follow the prophet; he knows the way.

2. Explain that when we follow the prophet by doing what he asks us to do, we will be blessed and be able to return to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Pass out a copy of the maze (located on the next page) to each child and ask them to color the right path to get back to Heavenly Father and Jesus. The children who can’t read may need some help.

3. Share facts and stories about the current prophet as you show his picture.

4. Help the children learn as much of the [Articles of Faith 1:5] fifth article of faith as possible.
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Those were just two examples. full lessons taught to the very young children in the church making sure they understand the importance of following the prophet. Following the prophet is a doctrine strewn thoughout the lesson plans from the little kids to the adults!

here is a little something from True to the Faith, more teaching material that is used to teach the members of the LDS church. here is what it says about prophets:

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(36863, True to the Faith, Prophets, 129)
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are blessed to be led by living prophets--inspired men called to speak for the Lord, just as Moses, Isaiah, Peter, Paul, Nephi, Mormon, and other prophets of the scriptures. We sustain the President of the Church as our prophet, seer, and revelator--the only person on the earth who receives revelation to guide the entire Church. We also sustain the counselors in the First Presidency and the members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as prophets, seers, and revelators.

Like the prophets of old, prophets today testify of Jesus Christ and teach His gospel. They make known God’s will and true character. They speak boldly and clearly, denouncing sin and warning of its consequences. At times, they may be inspired to prophesy of future events for our benefit.

You can always trust the living prophets. Their teachings reflect the will of the Lord, who declared: "What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same" (D&C 1:38).

Your greatest safety lies in strictly following the word of the Lord given through His prophets, particularly the current President of the Church. The Lord warns that those who ignore the words of the living prophets will fall (see D&C 1:14–16). He promises great blessings to those who follow the President of the Church:

"Thou shalt give heed unto all his words and commandments which he shall give unto you as he receiveth them, walking in all holiness before me;

"For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.

"For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory" (D&C 21:4–6).

Additional references: 2 Chronicles 20:20; Amos 3:7; Ephesians 2:19–20; 1 Nephi 22:1–2; Mosiah 13:33–35; D&C 107:91–92; Articles of Faith 1:6
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These are the official teaching materials. this is what LDS are taught to think of their prophet.

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