Church history, modern prophets, service, prophetic, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, George Albert Smith, David O. McKay, Joseph Fielding Smith, Harold B. Lee, Spencer W. Kimball, Ezra Taft Benson, Howard W. Hunter, Gordon B. Hinckley, Thomas S. Monson, Peter, New Testament, Boy Scouts, Scouting, Vietnam, Greece, East Germany, Italy, Christmas, the Great Depression, missionaries, healing, stake conference, cabin, Ben E. Rich, Mormon Church, LDS Church


This chapter (from the 2014 book “An Eye of Faith,” a festschrift for Dr. Richard O. Cowan, published by the Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center) shares examples of prophetic service from Peter the Apostle to each of the prophets of the Restoration—from Joseph Smith, Jr. to Thomas S. Monson. Many of the stories included about modern prophets are not widely known.

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Kenneth L. Alford, “Prophets Rendering Christlike Service: Looking to Peter as an Example” in An Eye of Faith: Essays in Honor of Richard O. Cowan, Kenneth L. Alford and Richard E. Bennett, eds. (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center and Deseret Book, 2015), 213–233.

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BYU Religious Studies Center




Religious Education


Church History and Doctrine

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Associate Professor