• John Uibel

Some Words of Wisdom

I really liked this part of Elder Bednar's talk in our assigned reading this week. I think it puts into perspective some of the things the future hold and that we need to be prepared to face these challenges both in our personal and work life.

"A disciple’s faith in the Savior and spiritual preparation dispel fear. Brothers and sisters, we live in troubled and turbulent times. The days described in Doctrine and Covenants 45:26 are indeed the days in which we now find ourselves.

And in that day shall be heard of wars and rumors of wars, and the whole earth shall be in commotion, and men’s hearts shall fail them, . . . .

And President Boyd K. Packer recently put present world conditions into perspective for all of us:

The world is spiraling downward at an ever-quickening pace. I am sorry to tell you that it will not get better.

. . . I know of nothing in the history of the Church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances. Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds in wickedness and depravity that which surrounds us now.

Words of profanity, vulgarity, and blasphemy are heard everywhere. Unspeakable wickedness and perversion were once hidden in dark places; now they are in the open, even accorded legal protection.

At Sodom and Gomorrah these things were localized. Now they are spread across the world, and they are among us. (The One Pure Defense, Address to CES Religious Educators, 6 February 2004, p. 4)

Such descriptions may cause the hearts of some men and women to fail them. But as the Lord states, “. . . my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved . . .” (Doctrine and Covenants 45:32). Protected by “. . . the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked” (Doctrine and Covenants 27:17) and prepared with the “. . . gospel of peace . . .” (Doctrine and Covenants 27:16), the Lord’s disciples will not fear. Precisely because such disciples are prepared, they shall not fear (see Doctrine and Covenants 38:30)."

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