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Our Living Prophets

Do you have a living prophet?  This is one of the most frequent questions that we are asked.


No, our two living prophets are now dead, because they were killed by persecutors.  Joseph Smith was killed in 1844, and James Strang was killed in 1856, both by bullets.


Nothing in the scriptures ensures that one would remain on earth at all times.  This is something that other Mormons are emotionally conditioned to believe without any scriptural basis.


We do not elect their replacements like other Mormons do.  Ours are chosen by written revelation in accordance with D&C 28:7; 43:4; 102:9.


A prophet must have the ability to prophesy, but the other Mormon leaders do not, or at least nobody can show us a prophecy.


Other Mormons admit they were without a prophet from June 1844 to December 1847, when Brigham Young was eventually elected as first president.  Consider the following quotes from Brigham Young, and decide whether you believe him.

  1. Journal of Discourses, 5:177
    "I do not profess to be a Prophet. I never called myself so; but I actually believe I am, because people are all the time telling me that I am."

  2. Journal of Discourses, 6:320
    "A person was mentioned to-day who did not believe that Brigham Young was a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator. I wish to ask every member of this whole community, if they ever heard him profess to be a Prophet, Seer, and Revelator, as Joseph Smith was? . . . Who ordained me to be First President of this Church on earth? I answer, It is the choice of this people, and that is sufficient."

  3. Journal of Discourses, 13:166
    "It has been remarked sometimes, by certain individuals, that President Young has said in public that he was not a prophet nor the son of a prophet."

  4. Times and Seasons, 5:618
    "You are now without a prophet present with you in the flesh to guide you; but you are not without apostles . . ."



Matthew 7: 15-20
"Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."

This shows that it is not nice manners, number of followers, diplomacy, sense of humor, likeability, or softness that makes a prophet true. It is his fruits or produce that makes him a prophet. The fruits of a prophet are prophecies, the fruits of a seer are visions, the fruits of a revelator are revelations, and the fruits of a translator are translations.


James Strang had the fruits of a prophet, seer, revelator, and translator. He continued to prophesy, reveal, translate, and see. He was ordained by angels, translated plates to whom witnesses attested, and was martyred in 1856.


Other Mormons have prophets that are like fig trees, that do not bring forth any fruit at all, and they produce no scriptures or commandments from God for which to even ask God to know if they are true.


Continuing Faith

For baptism for the remission
of sins, it is necessary only to have
faith toward God, and to repent of all sin.

To receive baptism by immersion, contact:


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
Mormon Road and Hwy. 11
Burlington, Wisconsin

(800) 862-5667



One example of our
concise priesthood lineage

Prophet Joseph Smith, 1829

Ebenezer Page, 1830
(Early Mormon in N.Y., Missouri, brother of John E. Page,
Later an Apostle at Voree, Wis., and Beaver Island)

Elder Wingfield Watson, 1858
(Lived on Beaver Island)

Elder Joseph H. Hickey, 1907
(Son of L.D. Hickey who lived at Palmyra, N.Y., Nauvoo, Ill.,
Voree, Wis., and was an apostle on Beaver Island)

Elder Steve Barany, 1953
(Son-in-law of Joseph H. Hickey, died in 2010 at 95)



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