Those will be fascinating times, indeed. We could be as little as a few years to a few decades away from this event. Are you ready - and above 3000' elevation in the spine of the everlasting hills? You may survive elsewhere, but the post-event experience will be a raw one, indeed.
Here is what got me spun up:
These are some notes taken (not by me) from a discussion with a Bro. Herschel Pedersen, who was apparently a Mission President at one time. I'm curious to hear what our forum has to say about it.
Meeting with Bro Pedersen
There was 3 meetings.
Two were firesides where Brother Pedersen shared very moving and miraculous stories that were just fascinating. As a Mission President, he had many wonderful experiences that he shared.
The Firesides where just very moving. It is hard to even describe the spirit that was there.
The most informative though was among just six of us who joined Brother Pedersen and his wife for lunch and then to the chapel where we were free to ask any questions we wanted.
Before I continue, it was asked if we could talk about things like clothing etc. He said if it is in the scriptures, you can talk about it (just think... the whole temple ceremony is in the scriptures including the clothing).
First, let me tell you how much this man impressed us. He never gave an answer without referencing the scriptures and he knew them not only by the chapter and verse, but the page numbers.
I am going to just give some generals because there was just so much. If you are ever given the chance again to met with him, do not pass it up. This man works with the First Presidency and he knows the gospel and the temple better than any person I personally ever met.
First, one thing that I did not know which he shared with us is that we are to pray 3 times a day facing the temple. I had never known this and neither did any of the priesthood in our ward including the bishopric. You can find out more by reading 'Teachings of Joseph Smith" Page 161. But this is also in the scriptures... pray towards the temple.
Changes in the Church are coming soon. He did not elaborate a whole bunch. You could tell he wanted to say more, but knew he was not allowed to do so. He did say though, take note that recently most of the MAJOR temples around the world, the temple president was or is a member of the Quorum of Seventies. This is not a coincidence.
Another thing he hinted at was one the biggest changes will also affect the Bishop and his responsibilities. Now he said a HUGE flip-flop is coming. He mentioned at this point about how things have changed in the past. The prophet use to ordain all the Bishops. As the church grew, the responsibility was passed to the Apostles. The church grew more and more.. now the Stake President sets apart the Bishop.
Oh yeah... I almost forgot. I never knew who the 144,000 are. They are the seventies. Aren’t there 7 quorums of Seventies currently? So are the 144,000 being chosen… they have been in the process of being selected for quite some time. (144,000 also include the Temple Presidencies if I recall correctly)
He talked about Adam-ondi-ahman and now some of the locals think the Mormons have built an under ground city... why? Because the church put in sewer treatment and water treatment lines - enough for 300,000 homes! And then they covered the plants with a hill. He told us the largest owned land by the church is in Australia.
The church is ready – the members are not!
We need to go to the temple. Read 1 Nephi 20 (half way through)… who is it the Lord has chosen? They are those that go to the temple. (He mentioned here about the Tender Mercies and also how somewhere (I forget now), Elder Bednar really chewed members out (anyone know where I can find that talk – it was just recent, but it was a major chew-out from what I understand).
The church is ready. They have more for the members, but the members need to prepare and be ready. Things are coming and you need to go to the Temple often. There is a time coming that your temple recommend will be more valuable than all other possessions.
I am going to have a chance to meet with him again soon at his home. He is just a remarkable man and he loves the gospel and he gets so excited to share with others what he has learned.
One other thing… he says the Lord will tell any member (reveal) there whole life, if they are willing to listen.
I will add some more reading which will reveal more information. If I have already listed the scriptures, I apologize. Here is some more reading:
D&C 88:2-5 (BTW, Sabboth is not Sabbath), do not skip over words you are not sure of. Research them).
D&C 103:9-10 (Temple attendance is required)
D&C 76 (whole armor of god… what is the armor?)
D&C 23-24 (Temple Districts) ,31 (Are those that attend the temple),32
1 Nephi 14:21 (what is the dominions being talked about – Temples)
Finally, there are 7 preparatory steps in the Temple. Most members have only done the first six steps. So what is the final step and how do you complete it? You cannot unless the Lord calls you. It is your calling and election made sure, you’re washing and anointing by the Lord himself. You are called by the Prophet when you are ready for this step.
One person asked if you can share that you have had this final step and the answer is no. You cannot even share this with your family members. You are instructed not to reveal what happened – when is happens.
I am sorry. I cannot even begin to share all that I learned. But I hope this encourages members of the board to want to study even harder. To prepare for the major changes which are coming.
Do not fear the wickedness. Soon the church will be the only light. If you have a light it a lit room, that light may not stand out. If you turn off all the lights, that light will shine for all to see. Soon the church will be the light against the dark. Members will come in droves to the church because they will see that everything else is wicked and the only thing righteous left standing in the world is the church.
The church right now is instructing against wickedness, but then the world rejects the words of the prophet. We have seen it with gambling, porn and the family initiative (BTW, Reid is not only a member, but a Stake President – Amazing that he is still a member).
More and more, the prophet will preach and the world will reject, placing us more and more apart from the world.
Attend the Temple!!!!!