Elders Quorum Signs of the Second Coming:
- Elijah returns - fulfilled
- Wars and rumors of wars -all around us
- Men lovers of self - Selfishness and entitlement abounds
Things That Will Happen at Second Coming:
- Cleansed by fire
- Judgement - separating righteous from wicked - righteous will be resurrected. The wicked will have to wait.
- 1000 years of peace will begin
- We will know our ancestors back to Adam. “Then [children] will be sealed to [parents] until the chain is made perfect back to Adam, so that there will be a perfect chain of Priesthood from Adam to the winding-up scene” (Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Brigham Young , 333–34)
- Jesus will establish his government and govern the people in peace for a thousand years.
Doctrine and Covenants 84:114
114 Nevertheless, let the bishop go unto the city of New York, also to the city of Albany, and also to the city of Boston, and warn the people of those cities with the sound of the gospel, with a loud voice, of the desolation and utter abolishment which await them if they do reject these things.
“You will say: That was in the days when Presidents Benson and Maughan presided over us; that was before New York was destroyed by an earthquake; it was before Boston was swept into the sea, by the sea heaving itself beyond its bounds; it was before Albany was destroyed by fire; yea, at that time you will remember the scenes of this day. Treasure them up and forget them not.’ President Young followed and said: ‘What Brother Woodruff has said is revelation and will be fulfilled.’” (In Lundwall, Temples of the Most High, pp. 97–98.)
Bible dictionary - Paul's Epistles
Ephesians is an epistle written by Paul while in house arrest in Rome.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Sometimes it is missed that accepting Christ is a daily event, not a one time event.
When Paul says works he generally means the law of Moses. The people he is addressing are having trouble understanding that there is no redemption in the law of Moses. It was a preparatory law to help teach us of Christ.
The atonement is like a math formula - debt = (sin * my partaking of sin) -
(my repentance * atonement)
My partaking of sin amplifies it's effects. The atonement amplifies my efforts of repentance. If my level of partaking of sin is 0 then sin = 0. If my repentance = 0 then my forgiveness is zero. Atonement = effects of sin that we are repenting of. Without the atonement my efforts are of no effect. If I do not reach out to Christ and partake of the atonement through repentance then I deny his sacrifice.
Works are not repentance.
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Paul was a citizen of Rome and had certain rights and privileges. We as saints also have rights and privileges.
Pastors = bishops
Evangelists = patriarchs
Teacher = every member of the church
"From every man, young and old, who bears the priesthood, I ask for a stronger and more devoted voice, a voice not only against evil and him who is the personification of it, but a voice for good, a voice for the gospel, a voice for God. Brethren of all ages, unbind your tongues and watch your words work wonders in the lives of those “who are only kept from the truth because they know not where to find it.”" ( Doctrine and Covenants 123:12)
Through service to others, the Lord's work is done.
17 And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.
Service helps us overcome selfishness.
From the Bulletin
“Fill your minds with truth. Fill your hearts with love. Fill your lives with service.” President Thomas S. Monson