Too often we bask in our comfortable complacency and rationalize that the ravages of war, economic disaster, famine, and earthquake cannot happen here. Those who believe this are either not acquainted with the revelations of the Lord, or they do not believe them. Those who smugly think these calamities will not happen, that they somehow will be set aside because of the righteousness of the Saints, are deceived and will rue the day they harbored such a delusion. - Ezra Taft Benson

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

War Poured Out Upon All Nations - Armageddon

Listen to President Benson as he shares the things that lie ahead.  He teaches of what is to come SO that we WILL be prepared, not fear, trust in God, and DO all that He has asked of us.  It is a naive person who thinks that these things will not happen.  As one who has studied and read much - I URGE you to do ALL you can to be ready for whatever is ahead.  Not in fear - obedience and...PEACE.

"Be it remembered that tribulations lie ahead. There will be wars in one nation and kingdom after another until war is poured out upon all nations and two hundred million men of war mass their armaments at Armageddon....Peace has been taken from the earth, the angels of destruction have begun their work, and their swords shall not be sheathed until the Prince of Peace comes to destroy the wicked and usher in the great Millennium.

"There will be earthquakes and floods and famines. The waves of the sea shall heave themselves beyond their bounds, the clouds shall withhold their rain, and the crops of the earth shall wither and die.
There will be plagues and pestilence and disease and death. An overflowing scourge shall cover the earth and a desolating sickness shall sweep the land. Flies shall take hold of the inhabitants of the earth, and maggots shall come in upon them. (See D&C 29:14–20.) “Their flesh shall fall from off their bones, and their eyes from their sockets” (D&C 29:19).

"Bands of Gadianton robbers will infest every nation, immorality and murder and crime will increase, and it will seem as though every man’s hand is against his brother.
"We need not dwell more upon these things. We are commanded to search the scriptures where they are recounted with force and fervor, and they shall surely come to pass."  Benson

Perils of Past are Foretaste of What is to Come

Elder McConkie is one of my greatest heroes in life.  I have studied and pondered on many of his writings.  I have sought the Lord for further light and knowledge concerning some of the things he has said as well as personal application of those principles.

Since my teenage years I have studied from his teachings.  Coupled with the scriptures, I have spent many, many hours deeply pondering and praying about what lies ahead.

We need not fear if we have been obedient to Prophetic instruction.  If we have not - we need to Repent and make amends.  The Lord WANTS to bless us.  He knows what is ahead.  He is providing everything He can to make us safe.  We would do well to heed that instruction.

"For the moment we live in a day of peace and prosperity but it shall not ever be thus. Great trials lie ahead. All of the sorrows and perils of the past are but a foretaste of what is yet to be. And we must prepare ourselves temporally and spiritually.

"Our spiritual preparation consists in keeping the commandments of God, and taking the Holy Spirit for our guide, so that when this life is over we shall find rest and peace in paradise and an ultimate inheritance of glory and honor in the celestial kingdom.

"Our temporal preparation consists in using the good earth in the way the Lord designed and intended so as to supply all our just wants and needs. It is his purpose to provide for his Saints for all things are his, but, he says, it must needs be done in his own way. (See D&C 104:14–18.)

"There is a common axiom among us which states: A religion that cannot save a man temporally does not have power to save him spiritually. If we cannot care for our temporal needs in this world, how can we ever succeed in spiritual things in the world to come?"   Elder McConkie, Stand Independent

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Government is Sum of it's People

Powerful Message - Painting by Walter Rane

"If government is really the sum of it's people, it follows that they must be watchful, vigilant, and informed lest their liberties become gradually usurped by naive or unscrupluous leaders and they awaken to find their liberty gone."  - Benson