Two years ago today I lost my good friend, Samson. I miss my white tailed fluffy friend.
Samson was the best dog in the history of mankind.
Yea, every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess before him. Yea, even at the last day, when all men shall stand to be judged of him, then shall they confess that he is God; then shall they confess, who live without God in the world, that the judgment of an everlasting punishment is just upon them; and they shall quake, and tremble, and shrink beneath the glance of his all-searching eye.
|Elder D. Todd Christofferson|
"... That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear."The Prophet Joseph F. Smith said:
"... the coming of the Savior to reign upon the earth, when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ." ¹
"And this shall be the sound of his trump, saying to all people, both in heaven and in earth, and that are under the earth—for every ear shall hear it, and every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, while they hear the sound of the trump, saying: Fear God, and give glory to him who sitteth upon the throne, forever and ever; for the hour of his judgment is come."Speaking of "the hour of his judgment", the following Scripture makes very clear the state of the wicked at the judgment bar of God.
12 And Amulek hath spoken plainly concerning death, and being raised from this mortality to a state of immortality, and being brought before the bar of God, to be judged according to our works.
13 Then if our hearts have been hardened, yea, if we have hardened our hearts against the word, insomuch that it has not been found in us, then will our state be awful, for then we shall be condemned.
14 For our words will condemn us, yea, all our works will condemn us; we shall not be found spotless; and our thoughts will also condemn us; and in this awful state we shall not dare to look up to our God; and we would fain be glad if we could command the rocks and the mountains to fall upon us to hide us from his presence.
15 But this cannot be; we must come forth and stand before him in his glory, and in his power, and in his might, majesty, and dominion, and acknowledge to our everlasting shame that all his judgments are just; that he is just in all his works, and that he is merciful unto the children of men, and that he has all power to save every man that believeth on his name and bringeth forth fruit meet for repentance.Clarifying even further concerning the state of the wicked, and more specifically covenant breakers, at the Lord's second coming, President Joseph F. Smith warned:
"I … testify, that unless the Latter-day Saints will live their religion, keep their covenants with God and their brethren, honor the priesthood which they bear, and try faithfully to bring themselves into subjection to the laws of God, they will be the first to fall beneath the judgments of the Almighty, for his judgments will begin at his own house.
"Therefore, those who have made a covenant with the Lord by baptism, and have broken that covenant, who profess to be saints and are not, but are sinners, and covenant-breakers, and partakers of the sins of Babylon, most assuredly will “receive of her plagues,” for it is written that the righteous will barely escape [see Revelation 18:4; D&C 63:34]. This is my testimony in relation to these matters. We rely upon the word of the Lord in these things, and not upon the word of man, for not only have angels, but God Almighty has spoken from the heavens in this our own age of the world, and we know his word is true." ¹That's a very strong warning from a prophet of God. I strongly suggest that if you are not doing your best to keep the commandments and have broken covenants with God that you quickly change your ways and repent lest it becomes too late and the wrath of God comes upon you.
6 Wherefore, verily I say, let the wicked take heed, and let the rebellious fear and tremble; and let the unbelieving hold their lips, for the day of wrath shall come upon them as a whirlwind, and all flesh shall know that I am God.
32 I, the Lord, am angry with the wicked; I am holding my Spirit from the inhabitants of the earth.
33 I have sworn in my wrath, and decreed wars upon the face of the earth, and the wicked shall slay the wicked, and fear shall come upon every man;
34 And the saints also shall hardly escape; nevertheless, I, the Lord, am with them, and will come down in heaven from the presence of my Father and consume the wicked with unquenchable fire.Whatever your philosophies in life are and whatever you choose to believe, it doesn't matter. Truth is truth. I'd much rather be on the Lord's side when He comes again, because whether you believe or not it will happen.
I, the Lord God, have spoken it; but the hour and the day no man knoweth, neither the angels in heaven, nor shall they know until he comes.Matthew 24:36
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.Granted, there are plenty of signs of the times given in Scripture to give us clues as to when He will come again. A good analogy is a pregnant woman. A pregnant woman knows she will give birth, but she doesn't know the exact date. As her time to be delivered draws nigh, she knows it will be soon, but she still doesn't know exactly when.
And I will be your ruler when I come; and behold, I come quickly, and ye shall see that my law is kept.Several places in Scripture mention the Lord coming quickly. This can be interpreted several different ways but either way it's best to be prepared. Procrastinating your preparation will result in devastating eternal consequences.
For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.We know that the Lord will cleanse the earth with fire at his second coming. The wicked will burn as stubble and be destroyed in the flesh and the righteous will be raised up to meet Him.
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.3 -- At His second coming, the Lord will usher in the Millennium.
"The best way we can prepare for the Savior’s coming is to accept the teachings of the gospel and make them part of our lives. We should live each day the best we can, just as Jesus taught when He was on the earth. We can look to the prophet for guidance and follow his counsel. We can live worthy to have the Holy Ghost guide us. Then we will look forward to the Savior’s coming with happiness and not with fear. The Lord said: “Fear not, little flock, the kingdom is yours until I come. Behold, I come quickly. Even so. Amen” (D&C 35:27)." ²
"We live in a world that can cause us to forget who we really are. The more distractions that surround us, the easier it is to treat casually, then ignore, and then forget our connection with God....
"In today’s world, no matter where we live and no matter what our circumstances are, it is essential that our preeminent identity is as a child of God. Knowing that will allow our faith to flourish, will motivate our continual repentance, and will provide the strength to “be steadfast and immovable” throughout our mortal journey." -- Donald L.Hallstrom, I Am a Child of God, April 2016Knowing that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father -- children of God -- is core to our existence in mortality. Without this knowledge my life would be much different. Knowing that we are children of God brings a level of confidence and security and happiness that cannot be found anywhere else.
"Liberal Democrats demand that they make decisions for people based on their contempt for average, ordinary people. It’s part of the arrogant, condescending attitude that liberal Democrats have. Their utopia, by the way, is predicated on the fact that you have no choice. Their utopia exists only when they tell you what you can and can’t do, and offshoots.
"See, I believe something differently, folks....
"I believe free people, constitutionally free, American definition of free, meaning we have a Constitution that limits the government. The government cannot encroach on our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, by virtue of our founding documents. I believe free people are, by and large — there are exceptions to everything — virtuous.
"A free people, a free individual will more often than not do the right thing..." -- Rush Limbaugh, January 18, 2018I can't help but see the Gospel parallels. Liberal Democrats subscribe to Satan's philosophy of taking choice and freedom from people. It's no wonder they are always angry.
"Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself." -- 2 Nephi 2:27That's my two cents.
"The Atonement of Jesus Christ is available to each of us. His Atonement is infinite. It applies to everyone, even you. It can clean, reclaim, and sanctify even you. That is what infinite means—total, complete, all, forever."
"Once we enter into covenants with God, there is no going back. Giving in, giving up, and giving out are not options. In the kingdom of God, there is a standard of excellence for exaltation. It requires valiant discipleship! There is no room for average or complacent disciples. Average is the enemy of excellence, and average commitment will prevent you from enduring to the end."