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

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Gathering" To Zion

Found these messages that a friend sent me in 2008. They're a good reminder that the Lord will lead us along if we keep all of His commandments.  There is safety in that and in no other way.  'Don't go to extremes' is the watch-cry of our day.  But, do....Keep yourselves unspotted from the world, come out from Babylon, be pure in heart and do what the Spirit prompts you to do. 
Follow the Prophets; particularly the First Presidency.
Joseph Smith, History of the Church, Vol. 6, p. 12
“Perhaps some of you are ready to ask, ‘Cannot the Lord save us as well where we are as to gather together?’ Yes, if the Lord says so.
But if He commands us to come out and gather together, He will not save us by staying at home.”

Joseph Smith, JD, Vol. 6, p. 239, 6/2/1839 
 “There will be here and there a Stake for the gathering of the Saints. Some may have cried peace, but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the Stakes; for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered, one here, and another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you in the midst of friends, where you may be blessed. The Gospel net gathers of every kind.
I prophesy that the man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going will be afflicted by the Devil. Wars are at hand: we must not delay, but are not required to sacrifice. We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelations says, ‘Ye shall not have time to have’ gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes, one pestilence after another, etc., until the Ancient of Days come; then judgment will be given to the Saints.“Whatever you may hear about me or Kirtland, take no notice of it; for if it be a place of refuge, the Devil will use his greatest efforts to trap the Saints. You must make yourselves acquainted with those men who, like Daniel, pray three times a day to the house of the Lord. Look to the Presidency and receive instructions. Every man who is afraid, covetous, etc., will be taken in a snare. The time is soon coming when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her Stakes.”

The Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Section Two, p. 71
“…for without Zion, and a place of deliverance, we must fall; because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, and the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from the heaven, and the earth reel to and fro. Then, if this is the case, and if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God has appointed, with all our former professions and our great love for the Bible, we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out his Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered.”

Pg. 84
“Now Enoch was in good company in his views upon this subject: ‘And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.’ I discover by this quotation, that John upon the isle of Patmos, saw the same things concerning the last days, which Enoch saw. But before the tabernacle can be with men, the elect must be gathered from the four quarters of the earth.”

Orson Pratt, JD, Vol. 15, p. 56
“There is to be a grand gathering of all his people from the four quarters of the earth into one body, one family as it were; one people consolidated in one region of country, before he shall come.”

Orson Pratt, JD, Vol. 18, p. 46
“But by and by there will be a sorting out, and the bad will be cast away unto their own place, while the good will be gathered into vessels and be saved.
“This will be fulfilling the words of the Prophet Isaiah, in the 43rd chapter – ‘I will gather them from the east, and from the west, I will say to the north give up, and to the south keep back. Bring my sons from afar, and my daughters from the ends of the earth, even every one that is called by my name. ‘ – Says one – ‘Do you really think there will be no Christians left in the north, nor in the south, nor in the east, nor in the west, but that every one that is called by the name of the Lord will be gathered in one?’ Yes, that is what we believe and that is one of the peculiarities of what the world call ‘Mormonism,’ we do not believe there will be a Christian left on the whole face of the earth, but what will be gathered together. ‘Well,’ says one, ‘if that is true, if Isaiah told the truth about that, and the day is at hand for his prophecy to be fulfilled, the nations will truly be in a awful dilemma, when every Christian is gathered out.’ I think they will, I think you draw a very correct conclusion.”

Orson Pratt, JD, Vol. 21, p. 279-280
“In another very plain parable, concerning the gathering in the last days, the kingdom of heaven is compared – that is the kingdom which should exist in the last days – to a net that should be cast into the sea, and gather of all kinds, both good and bad. They are brought up to the shore, not left in their native ocean or native waters, but brought up to the shore. The bad are cast away, and the good were cast into the vessels. Now, this had reference also to the end of the world. This had reference to the great and last dispensation, when the servants of God will go forth, being commissioned of the Lord of Hosts to gather out his Saints, those that have made a covenant with him by sacrifice, and in the gathering out of these Saints from all the lands of the earth, and from the four quarters thereof, they will gather up a great many that are not good, that will not stand the test; but the bad will be cast out, those who have not on the wedding garment they will be cast away, and bound hand and foot, as it were, until the end shall come, that is, the final judgment, which will be more than a thousand years after the time of the coming of the Savior.”

Joseph F. Smith, JD, vol. 19 p. 193-194
“In various dispensations there are various differences in regard to certain requirements of the Gospel. For instance, in the day of Noah, when he preached the gospel to the antediluvian world he was given a special commandment, to build an ark, that in case the people would reject him and the message sent unto them that himself and all who believed on him might be saved from the destruction that awaited them. In this dispensation there is a principle of commandment peculiar to it. What is that? It is the gathering the people unto one place. The gathering of this people is as necessary to be observed by believers, as faith, repentance, baptism, or any other ordinance. It is an essential part of the Gospel of this dispensation, as much so, as the necessity of building an ark by Noah, for his deliverance, was a part of the Gospel of his dispensation. Then the world was destroyed by a flood, now it is to be destroyed by war, pestilence, famine, earthquakes, storms, and tempests, the sea rolling beyond it bounds, malarious vapors, vermin, disease, and by fire and the lightning’s of God’s wrath poured out for destruction upon Babylon. The cry of the angel unto the righteous of this dispensation is, ‘Come out of her O my people, that ye partake not of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.’ We believe also in the principle of direct revelation from God to man... The religious world is in this condition today, ripening for the great destruction which awaits them, but there is an ark prepared for such as are worthy of eternal life, in the gathering of the Saints to the chambers of the Almighty, where they shall be preserved until the indignation of God is passed.”

Bruce R. McConkie, A New Witness for the Articles of Faith, p. 552
“Those who do not repent and gather spiritually into the Church will not be privileged to gather temporally.”
"...the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."
1 Nephi