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I’m not the Mormon expert here.

But here’s an aspect of Mormonism I’ve never heard before: The 14 Fundamentals in Following the Prophet, the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (as stated by Elder Ezra Taft Benson in 1980):

  1. The prophet is the only man who speaks for the Lord in everything.
  2. The living prophet is more vital to us than the standard works.
  3. The living prophet is more important to us than a dead prophet.
  4. The prophet will never lead the Church astray.
  5. The prophet is not required to have any particular earthly training or credentials to speak on any subject or act on any matter at any time.
  6. The prophet does not have to say “Thus saith the Lord” to give us scripture.
  7. The prophet tells us what we need to know, not always what we want to know.
  8. The prophet is not limited by men’s reasoning.
  9. The prophet can receive revelation on any matter, temporal or spiritual.
  10. The prophet may be involved in civic matters.
  11. The two groups who have the greatest difficulty in following the prophet are the proud who are learned and the proud who are rich.
  12. The prophet will not necessarily be popular with the world or the worldly.
  13. The prophet and his counselors make up the First Presidency — the highest quorum in the Church.
  14. The prophet and the presidency — the living prophet and the First Presidency — follow them and be blessed; reject them and suffer.

YouTuber FlackerMan has an informative video explaining these rules in more detail:

YouTube video

I have so many questions about this…

Did Mormons ever take this list seriously? Do they still abide by it?

Is this one of those things all Mormons know of but no one ever talks about?

Is this just one crazy person’s list of rules to follow?

This person obviously takes it seriously… but is she the exception or the norm?

Help me understand what this is all about.

(via Reddit — Thanks to M.H. for the link!)