“Before it came to pass, I showed them thee.”Isaiah 48:3
One of the gifts Moroni identified that a person can receive by the Spirit of God is “that he may prophesy concerning all things” (Moroni 10:13). (See also 1 Corinthians 12:10, Doctrine & Covenants 46:22, Articles of Faith 1:7.)
The Guide to the Scriptures defines prophecy as “divinely inspired words or writings,” whether about “the past, present, or future.” Rather than limit this gift to a select few, the Guide states that “individuals may receive prophecy or revelation for their own lives.”
Although all knowledge received by revelation can be called “prophecy,” the term is most commonly used to refer to inspired guidance about the future. (See “prophecy,” Webster’s Dictionary 1828.)
When Jesus visited the American continent following His death and resurrection, He introduced Himself with these words:
Behold, I am Jesus Christ, whom the prophets testified shall come into the world.3 Nephi 11:10
In the prior chapter, as Mormon described the destruction which preceded this visit, he challenged his readers to search the scriptures “and see and behold if…all these things are not unto the fulfilling of the prophecies of many of the holy prophets” (3 Nephi 10:14).
Jesus later affirmed that every prophecy will eventually be fulfilled (3 Nephi 15:6).
In April of this year, Elder Ronald A. Rasband testified that the restoration of the church was a fulfillment of ancient prophecies. He specifically referenced statements by Daniel, Peter, Joseph, John the Revelator, Malachi, and Isaiah (“Fulfillment of Prophecy,” General Conference, April 2020).
Elder Gerrit W. Gong has invited us not only to be aware of the fulfillment of prophecies but to be a part of making it happen:
Consider how the prophecies God gives His servants are fulfilled. Some are fulfilled earlier, some later, but all are fulfilled. As we hearken to the Lord’s spirit of prophecy, we can become, in our own way, part of the fulfillment of His prophecies and promises—part of the gospel blessing the world….
As we increase our faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, receive the blessings found in living restored gospel truths and sacred covenants, and study, ponder, and share about the ongoing Restoration, we participate in fulfilling prophecy.“All Nations, Kindreds, and Tongues,” General Conference, October 2020
Some prophecies are global and public; others are private and personal. Each member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the privilege of receiving a patriarchal blessing, which provides personalized guidance by the spirit of prophecy. President Thomas S. Monson explained:
A patriarchal blessing is a revelation to the recipient, even a white line down the middle of the road, to protect, inspire, and motivate activity and righteousness. A patriarchal blessing literally contains chapters from your book of eternal possibilities….
Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life’s dangers…. Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way.“Your Patriarchal Blessing: a Liahona of Light,” General Conference, October 1986
Today, I will be grateful for the gift of prophecy. I will remember and trust that all prophecies will be fulfilled. I will strive to recognize and contribute to the fulfillment of the words of prophets. I will also be grateful for personal prophecies I have received, including my patriarchal blessing.