Because God has a purpose in placing us on earth at this time, we have the capacity to do more than we think we can. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it—you are a marked generation…For nearly six thousand years,. God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the second coming of the Lord. Some individuals will fall away, but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its Head—even Jesus Christ…While this generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time: This important work includes member missionary work, convert retention, activation of less-active members, temple and family history work, and teaching the gospel.
Hales said something about this same thing in and again in , where on both occasions he followed President Monson in conference. We must remember that we have control over who we are no matter how difficult the world becomes.
Like those in 1 Nephi, the true and faithful will be able to withstand the fiery darts of the adversary when he is loosed upon this earth. Despite all the turmoil in the world, when the Savior comes to His temple, as He did in the Book of Mormon, those who are true and faithful will be there.
My son Ryan suggested this book to me. Chesterton, because I think it elucidates my opinion much more eloquently than I could myself. Posted April 4, edited. Hastening the work of salvation, the charge given by a latter-day prophet, will open us to increased criticism and opposition. Mountain Peaks of the Bible.
May we be among them… 7. It will not always be so. The world is moving away from the Lord faster and farther than ever before. The adversary has been loosed upon the earth. We watch, hear, read, study, and share the words of prophets to be forewarned and protected. Joseph Smith was talking about this time I think when he said, "…we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth, until these things come.
Recently, a missionary Elder Nelson in California excitedly reported about how technology has changed his work dramatically.
Elder Quentin L Cook said, "I will compare some circumstances of our day with those in the days of Jeremiah before the downfall of Jerusalem. In presenting this voice of warning He has prepared the means for us to share the gospel in a multitude of ways, and He will assist us in our labors if we will act in faith to fulfill His work.
May we do His work-the works of salvation-in this His time. Of course, the greatest protection that the Rock provides us is protection from temptation and sin. If we live the teachings of the Savior, we will be spared the spiritual destruction that faces so many in our day.
There is safety in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. His way is the path that leads to happiness in this life and eternal life in the world to come. This shelter is granted through personal righteousness and the atoning and priesthood power granted by the Savior. It is found in temples today and in righteous homes, including your apartments.
The Savior taught how to build on the foundation he provides. In Matthew, the account is as follows:.
And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep , and laid the foundation on a rock: It is not easy to dig deep and build a foundation on the Rock, but remember that this Rock is the Rock of our Salvation. We can have confidence that we can, like the foundation we are built on, stand against sin and persecutions and withstand the winds, even torrential deluges, of trial.
Adversity and trial will never be far from us. It is an essential part of our mortal existence. But if the foundation of faith in Christ is embedded in our hearts, the power to endure will not crumble. Our choosing the right consistently whenever the choice is placed before us anchors us to the Rock, which provides solid ground under our faith. If we are to face temporal and spiritual rains, floods, and wind, we should understand that in some cases, the Lord will determine it best not to shelter or shield us, but instead to provide a strong support and an anchor from which we can stand in the face of the storms that beat upon us.
That is, He may not remove some challenges from us, but he will provide a solid ground from which we can stand firm in the face of them. Through Him we can overcome any challenge, including the devastating effects of addiction. The world would have us believe that faith in Christ shows weakness, but to the contrary, we have strength found only in Him.
There is an assurance that comes with testimony. There is self-confidence that comes in that assurance that we are standing firmly with our God. In addition to the trials of life that all who come to the earth will face, Elder Hales has warned that the misunderstandings and persecutions experienced by the early Saints will return in our day. It will take renewed resolve that will come from hastening our efforts to build the Kingdom of God. God be thanked for the matchless gift of His divine Son.
Even more than a foundation to build upon, Christ is the source of the light in us that grants us life itself. It is in and through Him that we have mortal life and through Whom we will be able to gain eternal life. Through His atoning sacrifice we can have eternal life. But we must seek this Living Stone that provides light and life to all who seek him. His was a great vicarious gift in behalf of all who would ever live upon the earth. As we consider our foundation built upon the Rock, which in fact is a Living Stone who grants us life itself, we might review the words of Paul.
He taught that we:. In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. The great power of a cornerstone is in its ability to place a reference point that is sturdy and firm from which the rest of the building is built. As we build on him and his foundation of apostles, we cannot be turned either to the right or to the left.
Can you see the uniqueness of this living construction?
We then become firm and others can build on us as well. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: Those who build on Christ and the foundation of apostles and prophets, i. His holy priesthood, are firm and become part of a spiritual house, or temple. Building on such a foundation allows us to build righteous lives on true principles that will never fail. We build foundations that will last through this life and into the eternities. Let me share, one last scriptural use of a rock or stone to symbolize the Living Christ.
Peter teaches that Christ becomes a stumbling block to those who reject him:. How is this true? Quite simply, without him there is no path back to our heavenly home and Heavenly Parents. Those who pursue another course will wander off into forbidden paths and fall away. Wickedness never was happiness, and as a result, those who choose such a path will fumble along, stumbling over the very Rock that would be their salvation.
In some cases, the scriptures indicate that some not only stumble over the Rock, but that it may even crush them in their wickedness. Perhaps in reference to the role He will play as our Judge or in His effort to protect his saints from those who would oppose his Kingdom. It is clear my brothers and sisters, we cannot have it both ways; either we build on the Rock by doing His will, or we stumble over His truth and fall, or worse, we oppose it and get crushed.
He will rule as King of Kings and reign as Lord of Lords, and every knee shall bend and every tongue shall speak in worship before Him.
Each of us will stand to be judged of Him according to our works and the desires of our hearts.