This is our third Sunday of Church at home. It was a little over three weeks ago that the self isolation began by many. Ignored by many as well. Interesting times we live in. Whether this virus was engineered by man, sent by God or just another virus I do not know. I found this in my reading that I wanted to share. Brigham Young was not the only one to offer prophetic warnings of the last days.
Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people? Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, “Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,” all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p. 123, July 15, 1860 – Read entire discourse)
Spent some time reviewing The Family Proclamation delivered to the World in 1995. Who would have ever imagined the changes coming when this was first revealed? Just this past year we have witnessed the greatest evil of our time in legalizing full term abortions. I remember talking with Keith and expressing my horror at such evil. God has allowed us all our agency and has withheld judgement and given us time to repent. As the World has embraced greater evil and ultimately last year the most abhorrent, I fear God will suffer our arrogance no more.
General Conference is a week away. Hope is that our youth will wake up from their apathy. The Church has lost a whole generation in these past 25 years. If all the suffering and pain results in this generation coming back into the fold perhaps it will be worth it. I have no doubt the message will be one of love, but a chastisement. Not sure we will hear such bold words as condemnation like in Ezra Taft Benson’s day as Prophet. The people are far too easily offended by hard words. However the message is delivered may it wake us all up.
Wednesday was a time of reflection. Arrived home from Star Valley in a very somber mood. I felt lost and unsure of what to do. Always nice to get loving counsel from friends. Thursday picked myself up and scheduled some calls with business partners. Don’t know what comes next, but we are preparing. In some ways the words of “we have been waiting for you” both stung and empowered at the same time. Strange how six simple words can carry such a jolt.
I saw this pic on Thursday morning and it filled my heart with Hope as our Tribe went back to work. The brainstorming and strategizing were inspiring. There is healing in doing.
Saturday took a break and enjoyed a long run, hoagies for lunch, racquetball in the afternoon. Wrapped up our day singing Karaoke. My two numbers were 3 AM by a Matchbox Twenty and I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor. Our oldest son had us laughing so hard when he sang Come and Get Your Love from Guardians of the Galaxy. I was in tears it was priceless.
Looking forward to testimony meeting today with our family. Asked the kids to read their patriarchal blessings after Church. Our youngest hasn’t received his yet, but he was excited to read mine with me.
Closing thoughts for today. Time is a great asset and companion. Mastering patience to let time serve you and the wisdom in how to spend time may be some of the greatest gifts life grants us.