The LDS Daily WOOL© Archive - Malachi 4:5-6

"Did the Prophet Elijah hold peculiar keys of power in his day?  Yes; keys by which the hearts of the children are turned to the fathers, and the hearts of the fathers turned to the children.  And the Lord promised before the great and terrible day of His judgment should come He would send the Prophet Elijah, and the object of his mission should be the turning of the hearts of the fathers to the children and of the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth should be smitten with a curse at the glorious coming of the Lord (Malachi iv:5-6).  And those keys were bestowed upon Joseph Smith, and are now held by the great head of the Church, Wilford Woodruff, his legal successor.  Behold the power restored which shall make the Gospel of the Son of God effective to all the generations of men as well to those who have lived when it was not on the earth, as to those living when divine authority was on the earth, and the mercy of God by this means shall be extended unto all men--that is, the opportunities of receiving the Gospel shall be extended unto all men, whether they have lived in former ages or now." - B. H. Roberts, "Collected Discourses, Volume 5," 23 January 1898

"Just think of the consequences if the hearts of the fathers are not turned to their children and the hearts of the children turned to the fathers, and no one in this world outside of this Church can tell you the true meaning of those words, nor would we be able to do so except for the fact that Elijah did come and appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple, and he revealed these great truths to them. That accounts for our building these holy temples all over the world, so that with the power of the priesthood of God that has been restored in our day, men and women can be sealed together for time and for all eternity and know that their children shall be born under the new and everlasting covenant and shall be theirs throughout the countless ages of eternity." - LeGrand Richards, "General Conference Reports," October 1962, p. 109

"When the full measure of Elijah's mission is understood-­that the hearts of the children will be turned to the fathers, and the fathers to the children-­it applies just as much on this side of the veil as it does to the other side of the veil (see Malachi 4:5-6). If we neglect our families here in having family home night and we fail in our responsibility here, how would heaven look if we lost some of those through our own neglect? Heaven would not be heaven until we have done everything we can to save those whom the Lord has sent through our lineage. So, the hearts of you fathers and mothers must be turned to your children right now, if you have the true Spirit of Elijah, and not think that it applies merely to those who are beyond the veil. Let your hearts be turned to your children, and teach your children; but you must do it when they are young enough to be schooled. And if you are neglecting your family home evening, you are neglecting the beginning of the mission of Elijah just as certainly as if you were neglecting your research work of genealogy." - "Teachings of Harold B. Lee," p. 281

"In my opinion, members of the Church have the most effective cure for our decaying family life. It is for men, women, and children to honor and respect the divine roles of both fathers and mothers in the home. In so doing, mutual respect and appreciation among the members of the Church will be fostered by the righteousness found there. In this way the great sealing keys restored by Elijah, spoken of by Malachi, might operate 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the children to the fathers, lest the whole earth be smitten with a curse.' (D&C 110:15; see also Mal. 4:6.)" - James E. Faust, "General Conference Reports," April 1993

"It is tremendously significant to me that this declaration, this repetition of the wondrous words of Malachi concerning the work for the dead was given to the boy Joseph four years before he was allowed to take the plates from the hill. It was given before he received either the Aaronic or Melchizedek Priesthood, before he was baptized and well before the Church was organized. It says much concerning the priority of this work in the plan of the Lord." - Gordon B. Hinckley, Address given at the 100th anniversary of the Genealogical Society of Utah, 13 November 1994

I doubt if we have any conception of what that really meant, when Elijah came. There are unseen powers that operate in this world on the hearts and minds of men that are as real as the sunshine is to the plants and the trees to help them grow, and the seeds to sprout, and so forth. Elijah did come; on the third day of April 1836 he appeared to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery in the Kirtland Temple and brought back the keys of the turning of the hearts of the fathers who have passed away to their children here upon this earth, and the hearts of the children here to their fathers, and that in itself is one of the great miracles of all ages. – LeGrand Richards, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way His Wonders to Perform,” Ensign (CR) May 1977

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