1. Michael Towns

    They became taboo when their words started seriously conflicting with cherished social, political, and personal beliefs.

    I never really thought I would see the day when quoting scripture would arouse anger among fellow LDS, but I’m hoping that this phenomenon is limited only to the strange world of online interactions. I’ve yet to have anyone get ticked at me for quoting Bruce R. McConkie or Boyd K. Packer, but that day is soon to come.

    If something unexpected were to happen, say, to President Monson, and President Packer became the prophet, I guarantee you there will be a mass exodus among certain segments of church strata. For some reason, the man is hated by those who style themselves as “enlightened”. I think it’s because these people view him as a patriarchal throwback to the 50’s, an anachronism in a more open, tolerant world. (So they assume).

    I don’t like to be negative, but this is my feeling on the matter. I really think we are entering into choppy waters ahead, both temporally and spiritually, and as individuals in an uncertain world and as Latter Day Saints.

  2. Thank you Michael. I agree that it is not going to be getting better ahead. We do expect that prior to the Second Coming the world will be in its worse state yet. Things are going to spiral downward sooner or later, even among the LDS. This is why it is important to always stand close to the brethren.

  3. Connie

    Remember the story of the 10 virgins. It will be only half of members of the church who are ready for the Savior’s coming. Things are spiraling downward already. I believe we will soon see a mass apostacy and/or excommunication of many LDS members. The tares have to slowly be removed.

  4. Elder Russell M. Nelson said this in a devotional he gave on December 10, 2002 at BYU:

    The time is coming when those who do not obey the Lord will be separated from those who do. Our safest insurance is to continue to be worthy of admission to His holy house. How blessed we are to have temples available. The greatest gift you could give to the Lord at this or any other time of year is to keep yourself unspotted from the world, worthy to attend His holy house. His gift to you will be the peace and security of knowing that you are worthy to meet Him, whenever that time shall come. (http://speeches.byu.edu/reader/reader.php?id=506)

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