|Thomas S. Monson–––prophet, seer, revelator, and President of the High Priesthood of the Church (D&C 107:65).|
If in case it already wasn't, I want it to be perfectly clear where I stand on this issue. To that end, here is the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's rendition of "We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet." I specifically chose this rendition (from the April 2009 General Conference) for the montage at the end.
We thank thee, O God, for a prophet
To guide us in these latter days.
We thank thee for sending the gospel
To lighten our minds with its rays.
We thank thee for every blessing
Bestowed by thy bounteous hand.
We feel it a pleasure to serve thee
And love to obey thy command.
When dark clouds of trouble hang o'er us
And threaten our peace to destroy,
There is hope smiling brightly before us,
And we know that deliv'rance is nigh.
We doubt not the Lord nor his goodness.
We've proved him in days that are past.
The wicked who fight against Zion
Will surely be smitten at last.
We'll sing of his goodness and mercy.
We'll praise him by day and by night,
Rejoice in his glorious gospel,
And bask in its life-giving light.
Thus on to eternal perfection
The honest and faithful will go,
While they who reject this glad message
Shall never such happiness know.
The ending lines of the second and third verses are especially meaningful to me at this time.
When I reflect on this matter, I am reminded of the words of the Lord to Joseph Smith as he languished in a dank jail in Liberty, Missouri in the winter of 1838–39.
Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against mine anointed, saith the Lord, and cry they have sinned when they have not sinned before me, saith the Lord, but have done that which was meet in mine eyes, and which I commanded them. But those who cry transgression do it because they are the servants of sin, and are the children of disobedience themselves. And those who swear falsely against my servants, that they might bring them into bondage and death—Wo unto them . . . . Behold, mine eyes see and know all their works, and I have in reserve a swift judgment in the season thereof, for them all. . . . Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever. (D&C 121:16–24; 122:9.)Don't give up the fight. Truth will prevail.
Persecution has not stopped the progress of truth, but has only added fuel to the flame, it has spread with increasing rapidity. . . . [T]he Standard of Truth has been erected: no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing, persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the great Jehovah shall say the work is done. (Joseph Smith to John Wentworth, 1842. Online here.)