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"My brethren and sisters, can we afford to be indifferent and neglectful, listless and foolish, so late in the day as this? for it is announced to us that the coming of the Son of Man is near at hand. O! that we will serve and honor the Lord and be ready at His coming; that the door shall not be shut against us, but that there shall be oil in our lamps, and we be well prepared. But not a man or woman can have the necessary oil and preparation who hath not earned it by his or her own devoted service to the Lord. And we have not a moment to be careless. Seek the Lord and serve Him every day of your lives. Then if you die before the coming of the Son of Man you shall see Him when you go to the other side, and you shall be welcome there. Let us be ready all the time, and let us labor with devotion and faithfulness. Never mind what others do; for me, I must serve the Lord, I must honor and serve Him with all my might and strength, in order that I may be redeemed and saved in His presence." - Francis M. Lyman, "Conference Report," April 1901, Afternoon Session p. 50
"One great event that some people fear is referred to as 'the end of the world.' We know that at the second coming of Jesus Christ it will be the 'great and dreadful day of the Lord' (Mal. 4:5, D&C 110:14) — dread being a synonym for fear. We can make it a great day for us, though, rather than a dreadful day. How? By qualifying, by complying, by following the Lord. It is futile to be afraid when we could be 'looking forth for the great day of the Lord.' (D&C 45:39.)" - Derek A. Cuthbert, "The Futility of Fear," "Hope" [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1994]
"Brothers and sisters, as the Book of Mormon teaches, 'this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God;... the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors' (Alma 34:32). Are we preparing?" - Dallin H. Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.7
"The doctrine of the Second Coming of the Messiah provides one of the great incentives to prepare and live right. Heavenly Father knows that promised rewards encourage His children to do works of righteousness and promised penalties create a dread of doing evil. Such are the revelations pertaining to the Second Coming of our Lord. (See Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, 3 vols. (1966–73), 1:677–78.)" - Keith B. McMullin, "Lay Up in Store," General Conference, April 2007
"We are surrounded by challenges on all sides (see 2 Cor. 4:8-9). But with faith in God, we trust the blessings He has promised those who keep His commandments. We have faith in the future, and we are preparing for that future. To borrow a metaphor from the familiar world of athletic competitions, we do not know when this game will end, and we do not know the final score, but we do know that when the game finally ends, our team wins. We will continue to go forward till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done (History of the Church, 4:540)." - Dallin H. Oaks, "Preparation for the Second Coming," Ensign (CR), May 2004, p.7
“The record of the Nephite history just prior to the Savior’s visit reveals many parallels to our own day as we anticipate the Savior’s second coming. The Nephite civilization had reached great heights. They were prosperous and industrious. They had built many cities with great highways connecting them. They engaged in shipping and trade. They built temples and palaces.
“But, as so often happens, the people rejected the Lord. Pride became commonplace. Dishonesty and immorality were widespread. Secret combinations flourished because, as Helaman tells us, the Gadianton robbers ‘had seduced the more part of the righteous until they had come down to believe in their works and partake of their spoils’ (Hel. 6:38). ‘The people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances for learning’ (3 Ne. 6:12). And ‘Satan had great power, unto the stirring up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing them up with pride, tempting them to seek for power, and authority, and riches, and the vain things of the world,’ even as today (3 Ne. 6:15).” - Ezra Taft Benson, “The Savior’s Visit to America,” Ensign (CR), May 1987, p. 4
“When He comes again, unlike coming to the signifying meekness of the manger, He will come in overwhelming majesty and power. In at least one appearance, He will come in red apparel to remind us that He shed His blood for us. (D&C 133:48; Isa. 63:1.) Among the astounding, accompanying events, stars will fall from the heavens, as Christ will declare, ‘I have trodden the wine-press alone, and none was with me.’ (D&C 133:50.) What will we and those who witness these marvelous events speak of, then and later? Not the falling stars! Instead, we will speak of Jesus' ‘loving kindness.’ For how long will we so exclaim? ‘Forever and ever.’ (D&C 133:52.) The more we come to know of Jesus and the Atonement, the more we shall praise and adore Him ‘forever and ever.’” – “The Neal A. Maxwell Quote Book,” p. 301
“The world is rapidly coming to its end, that is, the end of the day of wickedness. When it is fully ripe in iniquity the Lord will come in the cloud of heaven to take vengeance on the ungodly, for his wrath is kindled against them. Do not think that he delayeth his coming. Many of the signs of his coming have been given, so we may, if we will, know that the day is even now at our doors.” - Joseph Fielding Smith, “Conference Report,” October 1965, Afternoon Meeting, p. 29
Brigham Young counseled that unless we ourselves are prepared for the day of the Lord’s vengeance when the wicked will be consumed, we should not be too anxious for the Lord to hasten his work. Said he rather, “Let our anxiety be centered upon this one thing, the sanctification of our own hearts, the purifying of our own affections” (in Journal of Discourses, 9:3). - James E. Faust, “Unwanted Messages,” Ensign (CR) October 1986
It appears to me that we may look forward with absolute confidence and faith in the future, knowing, because of the experiences of the past, that the Lord is on our side, and that with his help the development of the Church will continue; that in this dispensation in which we live he will consummate his purposes; his covenant people will be gathered; Christ will come to reign personally upon the earth; all of the purposes of the Lord will be consummated, and his kingdom be established upon the earth as it is in heaven. - Anthony W. Ivins, "Conference Report," April 1920, Second Day—Morning Session, p. 114
Many of the signs spoken of by the prophets to precede the second coming of Christ are now being fulfilled before us. They are easily recognizable, and they remind us of the parable of the ten virgins, the five who were wise, and the five who were foolish. Those who were foolish were not prepared when the bridegroom came, and as they went out to prepare themselves, the doors were closed against them, and they could not gain admittance.
You and I need to be prepared. We know not the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man shall come. That day we must be prepared for. - Delbert L. Stapley, "Conference Report," October 1953, Afternoon Meeting, p.71
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