Who is the prophet and what does that mean?
We believe that in the Biblical age, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ communicated with man through prophets. We know that He guided His people, protected them, and used prophets to warn and teach them. God revealed His plan for man to His prophets. According to the LDS Article of Faith 9,
“We believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things pertaining to the Kingdom of God” (emphasis added).
We believe that the heavens are open and that God openly communicates with his servants on the earth today. We are just as important to God as the Israelites and Jews were. He speaks to us today through his faithful servant, the prophet.
The head of the LDS Church is Jesus Christ, as it is His Church, the same church He organized during his Earthly ministry:
“We believe in the same organization that existed in the Primitive Church, namely, apostles, prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and so forth”
Today, the prophet is Thomas S. Monson, who also acts as the President of the LDS Church. He is assisted by two counselors, Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. There are also twelve apostles ordained to help lead the modern church, just as Jesus Christ ordained the original twelve apostles to help sustain Him and spread His Word.