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Signs of the Times?

A full solar eclipse, massive wildfires in the West and Pacific Northwest, growing threats over North Korea, Hurricane Harvey, the largest solar flares in 12 years, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Katia, a “strongest in a century” 8.1 magnitude earthquake in Mexico, 260 cluster earthquakes in Idaho, the genocide and crisis in Burma, rapid moral decline, religious freedom under strenuous attack, mobs of extreme groups marching in the streets, apostasy within our membership, false teachers and false teachings. The list goes on and on. Many of these signs and wonders have been happening all within a matter of days and weeks, while others have been on the steady incline and are nearing the tipping point.

We may rightly wonder if the God of Heaven and Earth is speaking to us through “the testimony of earthquakes … and the testimony of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, and the voice of the waves of the sea heaving themselves beyond their bounds” (D&C 88).

It is surreal to know we are truly in the last days. In Nephite times preceding the coming of the Savior, 3 Nephi says that “the people began to look with great earnestness for the sign which had been given by the prophet” while others had “great doubtings and disputations” “notwithstanding so many signs had been given.” As followers of Jesus Christ, we would do well to look earnestly for the signs of His coming as prophesied—both the “great and terrible.”

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Weeping With the Savior

Savior 3 Nephi 17

It’s difficult to read 3 Nephi 17 in the Book of Mormon and not weep alongside the Savior and those who experienced the sacred occasion of His appearance and ministry to the Nephites following His Resurrection. It is also difficult to imagine that anyone, after reading the account, would not also experience a deep witness of the Spirit that Jesus is the Christ and that the Book of Mormon is a true record. A record that was written for our day and preserved to come forth at this very time, when more than ever in the history of the world we need Him and His gospel. We need Him to save us and heal us from the inevitable, broken hearts of mortality!

How grateful I am for the Book of Mormon. It has truly changed my life. Tonight I found myself in the crowning chapter of the book, weeping. I wept because I imagined myself among the Nephites, with my husband, our children, and grandchildren – my entire family. I wept because I know that what the Savior wants more than anything else is to heal each and every one of us through the power of the Atonement. I wept because the Savior wept. He was truly overwhelmed by the love He received from these people. What a contrast to what He had just experienced in Jerusalem, among His own, only days before. They crucified Him!

18 And it came to pass that when Jesus had made an end of praying unto the Father, he arose; but so great was the joy of the multitude that they were overcome. 

 19 And it came to pass that Jesus spake unto them, and bade them arise. 

 20 And they arose from the earth, and he said unto them: Blessed are ye because of your faith. And now behold, my joy is full. 

 21 And when he had said these words, he wept, and the multitude bare record of it, and he took their little children, one by one, and blessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them. 

 22 And when he had done this he wept again;  

I wept because I know that I will have that same experience at His Second Coming if I am true and faithful to the covenants that I have made in His Holy Temple. I wept, imagining what it will be like to kneel with the Savior and have Him pray for me – I know He will. I wept because I know I need to repent more, and more often. I wept because I so want to be a better person and to become like Him. But oh, I am so weak. How grateful I am to know that although we are commanded to be perfect, it’s not going to happen in this life. What we can become is pretty perfect at striving to be perfect. I think that’s what’s expected of true disciples of Jesus Christ. I am committed to ‘striving’ a little harder, every day.

“Perfection is an eternal goal. While we cannot be perfect in mortality, striving for it is a commandment which ultimately, through the Atonement, we can keep.”  President James E. Faust

I’ve always loved the Primary song, ‘I Wonder When He Comes Again.’ After reading the account of the Savior’s appearance to the Nephites, I think I now know.
I can’t wait!  

Did We Learn Anything from The Pioneers?

trek-west-82836-galleryWe live in a world full of discontent and contention. It is so very easy to get caught up in all of that. We are taught to love our neighbor, and that contention is not right, but when everything begins to fall apart around us, and everyone else seems to be bickering, we sometimes fall right into it ourselves.

I was reading an article in the July Ensign by Elder Marcus B. Nash, Of the Seventy, entitled “Pioneers: An Anchor for Today.” Elder Nash talked about the Mormon pioneers and their incredible efforts to cross the plains and build Zion. I was struck by the following paragraph. Continue reading

Strength in Understanding the Signs of the Times

scripture-study-258662-wallpaperIn the Book of Revelation, chapter 13, there is much to learn and ponder. The chapter begins by talking about a beast that rises out of the sea. This beast has seven heads and ten horns. The dragon, who is Satan, then gives power unto the beast. Interestingly enough, one of the heads of the beast has a wound that has been healed. All the world wonders at the beast and worships Satan and the Beast. In verses six and seven, still speaking about the beast with the wounded head, it says:

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.

Another beast then comes that has great power. In verse 14, it says of the second beast,

14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

The beast with the wounded head is able to get the whole world to worship him. The end of the chapter describes what happens once the world worships the beast:

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

In short, unless the people of the world receive a mark in their hands or foreheads, they may not buy or sell. The mark in their hands or foreheads can be interpreted as people’s thoughts and deeds. Knowing that we are in the last days, how then does this relate to us?

file4601279829740Today, the United States of America and much of the whole world seems to be at a tipping point that relates very well to these scriptures. There’s a powerful political lobby that has infiltrated every part of our society and spread quickly across the world. It began on the coasts, in Manhattan, N.Y., in an incidence known as Stonewall and has spread its influence throughout the world. Today, if a person or business is not willing to go along with the demands of a powerfully orchestrated group, they may be refused employment, fired, sued, and stripped of their livelihood.  As time goes on, it has become pretty clear that this will get much worse. Continue reading

Why You Should Think About Second Coming Every Day

Andersen Second ComingWe live in perilous times. Our time, as no other before, is fraught with confusion and deceit at every turn intended to ultimately blind us spiritually. Technology plays a key role in enabling the circumstance. With even a partial obstruction to our vision, we are at risk of bumping into the unexpected, or worse become lost. The interesting aspect of spiritual blindness is the inability to know (or accept) we are on the wrong path and lost – confused. Another interesting characteristic of the spiritually blind is the confidence often displayed and by which they encourage others to come along – very effective.

President James E. Faust taught that,

The Holy Ghost gives worthy Saints both spiritual guidance and protection. It increases our knowledge and our understanding of “all things.” This is of immense value at a time when spiritual blindness is increasing (James E. Faust, “The Light in Their Eyes“, Oct. 2005 General Conference).

He went on to explain additional reasons why it is so important that we have a clear view of the world we must now navigate.

Secularism is expanding in much of the world today. Secularism is defined as “indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations.”  Secularism does not accept many things as absolutes. Its principal objectives are pleasure and self-interest. Often those who embrace secularism have a different look about them (James E. Faust, Ibid.).

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Prepare for His Coming

no unhallowed handJoseph Smith declared:

No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear; till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done. 1

Elder Neil L. Andersen recalled President Thomas S. Monson testifying that, “We do everything we can to move this work forward. But this is the Lord’s work, and He directs it. He is at the helm. We marvel as we watch Him open doors we cannot open and perform miracles we can scarcely imagine.” 2 Continue reading

Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith

Years ago, I was a young student at Utah State University and was involved in a project that required me to research the topic of standing for truth. I stumbled upon an incredible General Conference talk that made me feel empowered, emboldened and strong. I remember feeling all sorts of emotions when I first read it. The words stirred something deep within my heart and caused me to ask myself some pretty soul-searching questions about how I would stand with the Savior and His church.

This is a bold talk. It’s a battle-cry. It’s a “defend-your-title-of-liberty” type talk that you’ll want to revisit over and over again. It can give us courage when we need it the most. It can help us remember what we have come to earth to do. The talk is titled “Be Valiant in the Fight of Faith” and I feel that these words are exactly what we need to face the moral and social challenges we’re seeing all around us. Continue reading