Safety & The Law of Witnesses


I just love President Eyring! His words always seem to resonate deeply with me. The message he gave in the April 1997 General Conference entitled, “Finding Safety in Counsel,” has been emphasized by the church many times. In fact, it was republished in the Friend in August 1998, in the Ensign in June 2008, and again in the Ensign in October 2015, as “The Way to Safety.” 

Next to the title of the October 2015 article it reads, “One of the ways we may know that a warning is from the Lord is that the law of witnesses, authorized witnesses, is invoked.” And near the title of the April 1997 talk, it adds, “When the words of prophets seem repetitive, that should rivet our attention.” Since this particular message has been posted so many times, it would appear that it is a much needed warning for us to follow the counsel contained therein. 

Elder Eyring says, “There seems to be no end to the Savior’s desire to lead us to safety. And there is constancy in the way He shows us the path. He calls by more than one means so that it will reach those willing to accept it. And those means always include sending the message by the mouths of His prophets whenever people have qualified to have the prophets of God among them. Those authorized servants are always charged with warning the people, telling them the way to safety…

“But the choice not to take prophetic counsel changes the very ground upon which we stand. It becomes more dangerous. The failure to take prophetic counsel lessens our power to take inspired counsel in the future. The best time to have decided to help Noah build the ark was the first time he asked. Each time he asked after that, each failure to respond would have lessened sensitivity to the Spirit. And so each time his request would have seemed more foolish, until the rain came. And then it was too late.

“Every time in my life when I have chosen to delay following inspired counsel or have decided that I was an exception, I have come to know that I had put myself in harm’s way. Every time that I have listened to the counsel of prophets, felt it confirmed in prayer, and then followed it, I have found that I moved toward safety. Along the path, I have found that the way had been prepared for me and the rough places made smooth. God led me to safety along a path which was prepared with loving care.”

It is vital to our temporal and spiritual safety to follow the counsel of our prophet in all things, whether that’s keeping the Sabbath day holy, paying tithing or obtaining a year’s supply of food. Let’s make a commitment today to work on keeping our covenants with exactness and follow the counsel of our prophets, who love us, and want to guide us to safety.

As President Eyring teaches, “Our Heavenly Father loves us. He sent His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior. He knew that in mortality we would be in grave danger, the worst of it from the temptations of a terrible adversary. That is one of the reasons why the Savior has provided priesthood keys so that those with ears to hear and faith to obey could go to places of safety.” What a wonderful blessing!

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