Biblical and modern prophecies give many signs of the Second Coming. These include:
The fulness of the gospel restored and preached in all the world for a witness to all nations.
False Christs and false prophets, deceiving many.
Wars and rumors of wars, with nation rising against nation.
Earthquakes in divers places.
Famine and pestilence.
An overflowing scourge, a desolating sickness covering the land.
The whole earth in commotion.
Men’s hearts failing them.
(See Matt. 24:5–15; JS—M 1:22, 28–32; D&C 45:26–33.)
In another revelation the Lord declares that some of these signs are His voice calling His people to repentance:
“Hearken, O ye nations of the earth, and hear the words of that God who made you. …
“How oft have I called upon you by the mouth of my servants, and by the ministering of angels, and by mine own voice, and by the voice of thunderings, and by the voice of lightnings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes, and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind, … and would have saved you with an everlasting salvation, but ye would not!” (D&C 43:23, 25).
These signs of the Second Coming are all around us and seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity. For example, the list of major earthquakes in The World Almanac and Book of Facts, 2004 shows twice as many earthquakes in the decades of the 1980s and 1990s as in the two preceding decades (pp. 189–90). It also shows further sharp increases in the first several years of this century. The list of notable floods and tidal waves and the list of hurricanes, typhoons, and blizzards worldwide show similar increases in recent years (pp. 188–89). Increases by comparison with 50 years ago can be dismissed as changes in reporting criteria, but the accelerating pattern of natural disasters in the last few decades is ominous…
“In modern revelation we have the promise that if we are prepared we need not fear (see D&C 38:30).”Preparation for the Second Coming
Dallin H. Oaks of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
Category: Doctrine & Covenants
Imagine being judged for all your thoughts, words, and actions.Gospel Principles Chapter 46
The prophet Alma testified, “Our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; … and our thoughts will also condemn us” (Alma 12:14)
Is it true that our words, actions, and thoughts will be used to judge us?
The scriptures teach that all of us will be judged according to our works: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Revelation 20:12; see also D&C 76:111; 1 Nephi 15:32; Abraham 3:25–28). We will also be judged “according to the desire of [our] hearts” (D&C 137:9; see also Alma 41:3).
Alma taught that when we die our spirits are assigned to a state of happiness or of misery (see Alma 40:11–15). This is a judgment.Chapter 46: The Final Judgment
According to Doctrine and Covenants 76:50–53, 62–70, what are the characteristics of a person who overcomes the world by faith and is valiant in the testimony of Jesus?Chapter 46: The Final Judgment
In reality, every day is a day of judgment. We speak, think, and act according to celestial, terrestrial, or telestial law. Our faith in Jesus Christ, as shown by our daily actions, determines which kingdom we will inherit.
We have the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its fulness. The gospel is the law of the celestial kingdom. All the priesthood ordinances necessary for our progression have been revealed. We have entered the waters of baptism and have made a covenant to live Christlike lives. If we are faithful and keep the covenants we have made, the Lord has told us what our judgment will be. He will say unto us, “Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25:34).Chapter 46: The Final Judgment
Romans 2:6–9; Revelation 20:12–13 (the Judgment)
Alma 11:41, 45; Mormon 7:6; 9:13–14 (we are judged in a resurrected state)
2 Nephi 29:11; 3 Nephi 27:23–26 (books used in the Judgment)
Alma 41:2–7 (our judgment is determined by our works, the desires of our hearts, repentance, enduring to the end)
Mormon 3:22 (repent and prepare to stand before the judgment seat)
Luke 12:47–48; D&C 82:3 (of whom much is given, much is required)
D&C 88:16–33 (we each receive that for which we are worthy)
Chapter 46: The Final Judgment
All May Know the Truth: Alma’s Experiment and Moroni’s Promise | Alma 32; Mormon 8–9; Moroni 1, 10
27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.Alma 32:27
4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.Moroni 10:4-5
5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things.
Why Did The Lord Send Elijah?
Henry B. Eyring, of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints discusses this question during the April 2005 General Conference which was held in SLC, Utah, USA.
It is important to know why the Lord promised to send Elijah. Elijah was a great prophet with great power given him by God. He held the greatest power God gives to His children: he held the sealing power, the power to bind on earth and have it bound in heaven. God gave it to the Apostle Peter. And the Lord kept His promise to send Elijah. Elijah came to the Prophet Joseph Smith on April 3, 1836, just after the dedication of the Kirtland Temple, the first temple built after the Restoration of the gospel. Joseph described the sacred moment.“Hearts Bound Together,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005, 78
Eyring then quotes Joseph Smith’s account of “visions manifested to Joseph Smith the Prophet and Oliver Cowdery in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio, April 3, 1836” as recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 110. This experience describes “Elijah’s return and he commits the keys of his dispensation as promised by Malachi” (see Doctrine and Covenants 110).
13 After this vision had closed, another great and glorious vision burst upon us; for Elijah the prophet, who was taken to heaven without tasting death, stood before us, and said:Doctrine and Covenants 110:13–16
14 Behold, the time has fully come, which was spoken of by the mouth of Malachi—testifying that he [Elijah] should be sent, before the great and dreadful day of the Lord come—
15 To turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse—
16 Therefore, the keys of this dispensation are committed into your hands; and by this ye may know that the great and dreadful day of the Lord is near, even at the doors.
What did Elijah restore?
President Henry B. Eyring said: “It is important to know why the Lord promised to send Elijah. Elijah was a great prophet with great power given him by God. He held the greatest power God gives to His children: he held the sealing power, the power to bind on earth and have it bound in heaven” (“Hearts Bound Together,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2005, 78).See Come Follow Me, January 11–17
Doctrine and Covenants 2; Joseph Smith—History 1:27–65 “The Hearts of the Children Shall Turn to Their Fathers”
See also Doctrine and Covenants 110:13–16; David A. Bednar, “Let This House Be Built unto My Name,” Ensign or Liahona, May 2020, 84–87.
I believe the earth was created for families as taught throughout scripture (insert reference here) and as found in The Family: A Proclamation to the World. The family is sacred. Marriage is sacred. Many share different beliefs, but The Savior’s love is infinite and eternal (see D. Todd Christofferson) just as the family can be and is meant to be (insert scripture reference here). However, we all have our own agency (reference) and we must decide for ourselves the path we will follow. In the end, “Decisions determine destiny” (Thomas S. Monson).
My Question about Doctrine and Covenants Answered 4 Years Later
[December 28, 2020, 7:06 AM]
While reading Come Follow Me this morning, I discovered the following question I had written next to verses 19-22 of section 1 in The Doctrine and Covenants on Jan 1, 2017 Sunday:
“Why did The Lord bring forth the doctrine and covenants?”
It was neat to come across the following passage as I supplemented my study with Come Follow Me this morning.
“In November 1831, the restored Church of Jesus Christ was just a year and a half old. Though growing, it was still an obscure group of believers living in a sparsely settled frontier, led by a prophet in his mid-twenties. But God considered these believers to be His servants and His messengers, and He wanted the revelations He had given them to be published to the world…”
“It is a ‘voice of warning’ for all ‘the inhabitants of the earth,’ teaching them to repent and establish God’s ‘everlasting covenant’ (verses 4, 8, 22)”December 28–January 3. Doctrine and Covenants 1: “Hearken, O Ye People”