FollowTheProphet.net is a website dedicated to following the words and deeds of God’s living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was built to help us, as members of the Church, become better connected with our prophet, to know better his words and deeds, and follow his example and counsel.
In our technological world dominated by social networking tools like Twitter and Facebook, where people can easily follow the activities of almost whomever they want, many have become fascinated in following their friends and family. We can know, almost minute to minute, the activities of those we choose to “follow.” This allows us to keep a sense of connectedness with these individuals, and aware of the happenings in their lives.
But there is one person, above all, who we should be following more than anyone else on the earth today, and that is God’s spokesman, mouthpiece, and prophet whom He has designated to be His voice to all the people of the earth today. The resurrected Lord, Jesus Christ, spoke through a modern-day prophet when He said,
For his word [the prophet's] ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth [Jesus Christ], in all patience and faith. (D&C 21:5)
Such has been God’s method of speaking to and teaching the people of the earth since the beginning. The Lord spoke through Moses, the ancient prophet, when He similarly said,
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. (Deut. 18:18–19)
God has always called prophets to be His voice on the earth. Some prophets from the Old Testament included Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Samuel, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Job, and Malachi, to name a few.
God has called prophets today, to speak His word to the people of the earth. He called Joseph Smith, Jr., in 1820, to be His prophet, and to reorganize and restore the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth. Since Joseph’s death, the Lord has called new prophets in succession, and the current living prophet is President Thomas S. Monson.
The Lord Jesus Christ has again revealed today,
What I the Lord have spoken, I have spoken, and I excuse not myself; and though the heavens and the earth pass away, my word shall not pass away, but shall all be fulfilled, whether by mine own voice or by the voice of my servants, it is the same. (D&C 1:38)
This website’s mission is to make it easier to follow the words and deeds of God’s living prophet, as he travels the world meeting with members of the Church, speaking at conferences and devotionals, visits Church historical sites, attends cultural events, dedicates temples, and even his daily encounters with members and other people.
The prophet gives several addresses at the Semi-Annual General Conference of the Church in April and October every year, in addition to some other common addresses at events such as the Christmas Devotional. But what does he do at other times? Where is he going? Who is he visiting? What is he saying? What is he teaching? Until not too long ago access to the prophets was relatively general and common, but today with a Church of over 13 million members scattered around the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know what the prophet is doing.
FollowTheProphet.net aims to give better access to our beloved prophet. When he speaks, we will write about it with links to his words. When he visits locations, we will let you know. When he meets with the Saints, we will post about it. We will help you “follow the prophet.” You can follow the prophet on Twitter, RSS feed, by email, or Facebook. Note that we will only post about the prophet’s activities after he has visited a location, unless it is a scheduled event, so there is absolutely no security concern for the prophet.
We hope that this website will enable you to feel more engaged with what he is doing and saying as the Lord’s prophet on the earth. Any tips, suggestions, questions, or comments are greatly appreciated. You can contact us using our Contact Us page.
Not an Official Church Website
To be clear, we are not official representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called the LDS Church or Mormon Church). This is not an official website of the Church. We are not owned by, controlled by, or affiliated with the Church. All views and opinions posted here are of the authors who are solely responsible for their content, and should not be interpreted as official statements of LDS doctrine, belief or practice. Official statements from the Church can be found at official Church websites such as LDS.org, Mormon.org, and LDS Newsroom.
Who are we?
Bryce Haymond – Founder
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in Sandy, Utah, and served a proselyting mission for the Church in the El Salvador, San Salvador East Mission. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where I received a BFA degree in Industrial Design. I work as a Product Leader and Design Director for a company in Draper, UT, and live currently in Pleasant Grove with my wife and three children. I just finished serving as First Counselor in the Bishopric of our ward.
I have an absolute conviction and testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church of Jesus Christ on the earth today, with true priesthood authority to perform the saving ordinances of the gospel, and which Jesus Christ himself guides through living prophets and apostles. This I know to be true.
In January 2008 I created TempleStudy.com, a website dedicated to sustaining and defending the LDS temple through scholarship and learning. I feel that website has been successful in helping others learn more about the temple, and it continues to grow and discuss temple themes in an appropriate and faith-based approach, pioneered by the remarkable LDS scholar Hugh Nibley.
In November 2009 I had the thought that we often don’t know what the prophet is doing or saying, beyond the infrequent occasions of General Conference and some other times. What I found, however, is that there are numerous reports of what the prophet is doing in the news, Church News, Newsroom, the media, Twitter, and other places. Many members of the Church are unaware of these activities, and what the prophet is teaching. And so this website was built growing upon the success of TempleStudy.com, and hopes to be a central aggregate location where members and others may learn where the prophet is, and what he is doing and saying.
The name of the website is inspired by the children’s Primary song “Follow the Prophet,” which I remember singing often as a child. Also, a big thanks goes out to LDS artist Ken Corbett, for allowing us to use his excellent portrait of President Monson in the logo of the site. You can see a larger version on Flickr. Please visit KenCorbettArt.com to see other fantastic pieces by this artist.
Brad Haymond – Co-Founder
I grew up in Sandy, UT. After serving a mission to Oakland, CA, I attended Brigham Young University. While there, I was able to participate in the Ballroom Dance Company, culminating with tours all over the country on the touring team. I also met my wife in a ballroom class!
After graduating from BYU, my wife and I began directing the ballroom program at Orem High School. Besides directing the program part-time, I have worked for large ISPs and international web hosting companies for over a decade in various technical and managerial roles. I love technology and the tools the Lord has provided for furthering the work of the gospel in these latter days.
I enjoy playing the piano and percussion instruments, as well as sing and dance with my wife! We live with our baby daughter in Orem. I enjoy many religious and technological endeavors with my brother Bryce. I hope FollowTheProphet.net can help Latter-Day Saints and all people everywhere learn more about and appreciate a living prophet more.