The Lord Knows Whom He Wants to Preside over His Church, and We Are to Receive the Church President’s Words as If from the Mouth of the Lord Himself
Doctrine and Covenants 21:5–7
5 For his word ye shall receive, as if from mine own mouth, in all patience and faith.
6 For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name’s glory.
7 For thus saith the Lord God: Him have I inspired to move the cause of Zion in mighty power for good, and his diligence I know, and his prayers I have heard.
President Harold B. Lee said:
“[The Lord] knows whom He wants to preside over this Church, and He will make no mistake. The Lord doesn’t do things by accident. He has never done anything accidentally.”
(In Conference Report, Oct. 1970, 153.)