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Jacob 6:1

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Jacob Chapter 6Â*

1 And now, behold, my brethren, as I said unto you that I would prophesy, behold, this is my prophecy—that the things which this prophet Zenos spake, concerning the house of Israel, in the which he likened them unto a tame olive tree, must surely come to pass.

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“This is my prophecy” (See D&C 18:34-36)

Elder Bruce R. McConkie began a penetrating sermon on the atonement of Christ with the following words: “In speaking of these wondrous things I shall use my own words, though you may think they are the words of scripture, words spoken by other apostles and prophets. True it is they were first proclaimed by others, but they are now mine, for the Holy Spirit of God has borne witness to me that they are true, and it is now as though the Lord had revealed them to me in the first instance. I have thereby heard his voice and know his word.”

CR, April 1985, p. 9

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I find this an interesting scrpiture, especially when someone is "looking" for how the gift of prophecy is seen in the church. The time this was impressed on me, I read this verse and told myself that this doesn't sound like a "prophecy," it sounds more like he's "bearing testimony." And then I made the connection. Sacrament meetings and testimony meetings aren't perfect, but do you ever think of those occasions as "prophetic?" This verse suggests to me that prophecy isn't always (or often?) about revealing grand new truths -- but about comeing to know for yourself that a principle is true. Couple that with John's teaching that the "testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy" and everytime we bear testimony of Jesus, we might say that we are exercising the gift of prophecy.

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