"For it came to pass in the commencement of the first year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah, (my father, Lehi, having dwelt at Jerusalem in all his days); and in that same year there came many prophets, prophesying unto the people that they must repent, or the great city Jerusalem must be destroyed.
Wherefore it came to pass that my father, Lehi, as he went forth prayed unto the Lord, yea, even with all his heart, in behalf of his people.
And it came to pass as he prayed unto the Lord, there came a pillar of fire and dwelt upon a rock before him; and he saw and heard much; and because of the things which he saw and heard he did quake and tremble exceedingly."
1 Nephi 1:4-6
You know, this struck me today... it talks about prophets plural, and after Lehi had heard the prophets, that he became one himself basically. ... that is awesome. :) Sure, we can only have one prophet that speaks for the whole church... more than one would be kind of confusing. Ideally, though, we could all be prophets in the sense that they are spoken about here. When we hear the prophets say something, then we pray about it and receive that same spirit in our lives... because God speaks to us all, and his spirit offers the same messages to everyone. We're of course going to have different perspectives, and see things differently because of that, but the miraculous thing here, and I think really in all of the gospel, is that God wants us all to have that deep, personal connection to him. None of us have to be passive believers, just relying on other people to tell us the truth. Every single one of us can go to the source and get it first hand. God offers the truth to everyone, with no boundaries or bias. ... I know, it is a simple tenet of the faith that we learn even from the very first telling of the Joseph Smith story, but it is amazing still. We are God's children... his potential equals. He is there, ready to teach us anything that we can learn about how to be more like him... all we have to do is ask. The lesson might not be easy. But then again... I can't imagine that you can learn to be like God through osmosis. :)