2 Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem.
3 Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the State of Missouri …
5 For verily this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall fill the house.
119 For I, the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people.
In October 2019, President Russell M. Nelson admonished us to study a few specific scriptures, namely Doctrine & Covenants 25, 84, and 107, Joseph Smith History:1, and details concerning the beginnings of the Restoration.
I’ve been making my way through these scriptures. Here’s a thought this morning as I’ve read.
I’ve heard my whole life (as I’m sure many have) that we are living in the last days, that Christ’s Second Coming is near. And I absolutely believe it.
But for my whole life, things seem to go on pretty much as they always have gone on. Of course, we are seeing more rapid change under President Nelson than I remember seeing in the past. But I also wonder if it’s easy to get complacent about what will still happen, perhaps sooner than we realize.
As I read this morning, I was struck with the promise that a temple will be built on the dedicated temple ground in Independence, MO. I’ve visited that place several times, and the promise seems so far off. There is another “temple” there. We don’t own the property.
But it will happen. And according to the Lord in verse 119, it was only a little while from when He gave this revelation.
Of course His timing is His own. But my point is, I don’t want to sleep through the Restoration to the point that when things happen, I am surprised. I think it’s been easy to say, “Oh, I know it will happen sometime, but not anytime soon.” That may not be true.
In His season, the Lord will hasten His work. It could be later. But it could be now. He wants us ready. That comes through increased faith in Him. That comes through sanctification. That comes through putting aside the wickedness of this world (which He talks about extensively in the section). It comes through embracing His power (the priesthood and covenants). It comes through sharing the gospel message boldly to give that light to any who seek.
We have to be awake. We have to be ready. He will come again soon.