|2 years ago :: Apr 18, 2012 - 6:45PM #1|
In response to the lunatic fringe of today one must remember the times we live in. For a reminder of that I post a talk by Elder Vaughn J. Featherstone in April of 1987:
The season of the world before us will be like no other in this history of mankind. Satan has unleashed every evil, every scheme, every blatant, vile perversion of the fullness of times, so it is also the dispensation of the fullness of evil. We and our wives and husbands, our children, and our members must find safety. There is no safety in the world; wealth cannot provide it, enforcement agencies cannot assure it, membership in this church alone cannot bring it.
As the evil night darkens upon this generation, we must come to the temple for light and safety. In our temples we find quiet, sacred havens where the storm cannot penetrate to us. There are hosts of unseen sentinels watching over and guarding our temples. Angels attend every door. As it was in the days of Elisha so it will be for us. "Those that be with us are more than they that be against us."
Before the Savior comes the world will darken. There will come a period of time where even the elect will lose hope if they do not come to the temples. The world will be so filled with evil that the righteous will only feel secure within these walls. The Saints will come here not only to do vicarious work, but to find a haven of peace. They will long to bring their children for safety sake.
I believe we may well have living on the earth now or very soon the boy or babe who will be the prophet of the Church when the Savior comes. Those who will sit in the Quorum of Twelve Apostles are here. There are many in our homes and communities who will have apostolic callings. We must keep them clean, sweet, and pure in an oh so wicked world.
There will be greater hosts of unseen beings in the temple. Prophets of old as well as those in this dispensation will visit the temples. Those who attend will feel their strength and feel their companionship. We will not be alone in our temples.
Our garments worn as instructed will clothe us in a manner as protective as temple walls. The covenants and ordinances will fill us with faith as a living fire. In a day of desolating sickness, scorched earth, barren wastes, sickening plagues, disease, destruction, and death, we as a people will rest in the shade of trees, we will drink from the cooling fountains. We will abide in places of refuge from the storm, we will mount up as on eagles wings, we will be lifted out of an insane and evil world. We will be as fair as the sun and clear as the moon.
The Savior will come and will honor His people. Those who are spared and prepared will be a temple loving people. They will know Him. They will cry out "blessed be the name of He that cometh in the name of the Lord. Thou art my God and I will bless thee, thou are my God and I will exalt thee."
Our children will bow down at His feet and worship Him as the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings. They will bathe His feet with their tears and He will weep and bless them for having suffered through the greatest trials ever known to man. His bowels will be filled with compassion and His heart will swell wide as eternity and He will love them. He will bring peace that will last a thousand years and they will receive their reward to dwell with Him.
Let us prepare them with the faith to surmount every trial and every condition. We will do in these holy, sacred temples. Come, come, oh come up to the temples of the Lord and abide in His presence.
|2 years ago :: Apr 19, 2012 - 4:02AM #2|
This is some of my own thoughts and is written more for our children than many here, but as I could not seem to sleep tonight I thought I would put my thoughts down here now.
As I read my morning paper, read what is being said on “msnbc” and others, presented on TV shows, assorted blogs etc. I have come to the conclusion that we are in a time of choice. Those without a firm testimony and a studious and prayerful foundation in the gospel will be tossed to and fro by the many lies and distortions presented by many for various reasons, but mostly to present themselves as smarter and better than the rest of us. It really is, as I see it, a time where we MUST put forth our own individual best efforts to gain that solid individual understanding and testimony of the gospel. We each will find different things to solidify our unshakable testimony as we each are different from each other with different needs and understandings. As our Eternal Parents love each of us I know that nothing will be withheld if we put forth the needed effort.
“We do not start life on an even playing field. The rules are that we all play by the rules of
honesty and ethics.” --Justice Antonin Scalia
Sadly I continue to see those traits missing in much of the life around us, yet I do see good people doing wonders around us also.