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"The question of the nearness of the second coming of the Son of Man rests upon many in our present day. In pondering the question I have often thought of three things. The first is observed in these words of the Lord: 'But of that day, and hour, no one knoweth; no, not the angels of God in heaven, but my Father only.' (JS-M 1:40.)
"There are signs, however, which indicate the nearness of this great event. For instance, and secondly, living in the last dispensation; we must be aware of the fact that there will not be another. It follows that all that God has intended for the redemption and salvation of man upon the earth through the gospel plan will culminate in this dispensation. Actually, the Lord identifies this present day, in particular, as a time of preparation. (D&C 65:4-6.)...
"The culmination of this dispensation in the sequence of the Lord's time will see the glorious coming of the Son of Man.
"The third condition which I often ponder concerns the day of the gentile, which day is now, wherein the gospel is being taken to the gentile nations of the earth, that they may, if obedient to the call, come in and be numbered with the house of Israel. (See 1 Ne. 13, 14.)" - Alvin R. Dyer, "Ye Shall Not Fear," Ensign, June 1971, p. 89
"I bear my testimony to you, my brothers and sisters, that I know that the gospel is true....
"I have had the assurance of this since the day, as a young missionary in Pennsylvania, when I placed a Book of Mormon in the hands of an investigator who went directly to a clump of bushes in a park to ask God if this book were true. He returned convinced and asked for baptism. And again when a farmer in Pennsylvania met us at the farm gate to say, 'I have been expecting you. I have seen you in my dreams.' After a day and night of giving them a message of the restoration, I witnessed this family of five request baptism, which was accomplished by damming the creek in back of their barn." - Alvin R. Dyer, "The Nobility of Man in Choosing Good Over Evil," Ensign, Dec. 1971, 122
“There can be no greater aspect to righteous living than to feel the regenerative force of striving to do better. There is no member listening here this morning, or over the air waves, who has come anywhere near in accomplishing what he actually is capable of; none have reached their full potential of leadership in the Church. This means that throughout the Church in all of the facets of its organization, members, teachers, officers, bishoprics, high councils, stake presidencies, and others, the challenge is before us today to step up to leadership, to step up to real membership in God's kingdom.” - Alvin R. Dyer, “Conference Report,” October 1962, First Day—Morning Meeting, p. 12
The plan for a useful and successful life is contained in the gospel of Jesus Christ, given to us by the Redeemer of mankind, whose atoning sacrifice augments the plan and makes it possible for us to return to the presence of God our Heavenly Father. - Alvin R. Dyer, "The Last Dispensation," Ensign (CR) May 1972
I think one of the great messages of this Church is to declare unto the world that God has raised up a prophet and that there is a need for a prophet of God in this day and age. We go to the ends of the earth to proclaim this unto the children of men and if they will but listen to the direction and the inspiration of the prophets of God we could be led from our dilemma and from the disillusionment that settles over the earth today. - Alvin R. Dyer, "Conference Report," April 1959, Afternoon Meeting, p. 116
As the apex of time draws closer, which will culminate the earth-life existence of man, the basic issues of the spiritual mind and the carnal mind, of right and wrong, and of good and evil will become more pronounced. For example, we see at work in the world today powerful forces of carnalism that are opposed to God and the influences of a spiritual nature that can persuade and direct man to the righteous life. These advocates of carnalism would substitute God for an invisible earthly comrade and are prepared to lead the masses into a global conquest, on the carnal premise that, collaterally, concepts of God as a creator and the divine mission of the Son of God, the Redeemer of mankind, who is the advocate of a system of proven and eternal laws of progress, are to be systematically "nominalized," and finally eliminated. - Alvin R. Dyer, "Conference Report," April 1967, Third Day—Morning Meeting, p. 108
Choosing good over evil and right over wrong is the crowning achievement of life, and in so doing man becomes the masterpiece of the Creator and fulfills the basic purposes of his mortal probation. An ancient prophet speaks of it in this way: … he that ruleth his spirit [is greater] than he that taketh a city." (Prov. 16:32.) - Alvin R. Dyer, "The Nobility of Man in Choosing Good Over Evil," Ensign (CR), December 1971, p.120)
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