Sunday, April 25, 2021

Doctrine and Covenants 45

D&C 45:35: “Be not troubled, for, when all these things shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled.”

PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE—You will know when summer is nigh if you watch
D&C 45:36-37: “And when the light shall begin to break forth, it shall be with them like unto a parable which I will show you—Ye look and behold the fig trees, and ye see them with your eyes, and ye say when they begin to shoot forth, and their leaves are yet tender, that summer is now nigh at hand.”
                :39 “…he that feareth me shall be looking forth for the great day of the Lord to come…”
                :44-46 “And then they shall look for me and, behold, I will come; and they shall see me in the clouds of heaven, clothed with power and great glory with all the holy angels…” Those who have “slept in peace” will be brought back to life and redeemed, also.
                :54 “Then shall the heathen nations be redeemed…in the first resurrection…”
                :55 “Satan shall be bound…”

Five of Them Were Wise, by Walter Rane
from Media Library

PARABLE OF THE TEN VIRGINS—In addition to watching, preparation is required
D&C 45:56-57: “And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins. For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.”
                :57 the oil in their lamps is knowing the truth and having the Holy Spirit for their guide & having not been deceived. (Write on the board)
                :58-59 “the earth shall be given unto them…they shall multiply and wax strong…the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver.”
                :60-61 The New Testament translation will tell more, that ye may be prepared.

JS-MATTHEW—Counsel for those watching & preparing
Hazards for Disciples in the last days (Note on blackboard) (Matt. 24)
1.       JS-M 1:7 Being Afflicted. “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you, and ye shall be hated of all nations, for my name’s sake.” Don’t worry about this one. See D&C 101:36
2.       JS-M 1:8 Being Offended. “And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.” Zion people will not war with one another. See D&C 45:69
3.       JS-M 1:9 Being Deceived. “And many false prophets shall arise, and shall deceive many.” JS-M 1:22—“For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant.” False prophets would deceive even the very elect, according to the covenant. JS-M 1:37--“Whoso treasureth up my word, shall not be deceived…”
4.       JS-M 11:10 Being surrounded by Iniquity. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” JS-M 1:30 “…he that shall not be overcome, the same shall be saved.” How to overcome by faith, rather than be overcome by iniquity, is found in D&C 76:50-53 from last week. (The basic cycle of sanctification we discuss every week: Faith to Repentance to Baptism/Covenant Keeping to Holy Ghost.) Don’t be confused that you will do this by yourself: D&C 76:61 – “Wherefore, let no man glory in man, but rather let him glory in God, who shall subdue all enemies under his feet.” Christ will have done it for you.
The Promise: JS-M 1:11 “He that remaineth steadfast and is not overcome, the same shall be saved.” JS-M 1:12 so “stand in the Holy Place.”

Blessings of the Millenium to those who watch & prepare
D&C 101:22-38 Stand in the holy place and prepare for the revelation
These are the good things that will happen:
                :26 anything you ask will be given
                :28 Satan will have no power
                :29 no sorrow, no death
                :30 no infant death
                :31 translation rather than death
                :32-34 all knowledge will be available.
                :36 don’t be afraid, even about death, because it will be a joyful time
                :37 don’t worry about your body only as it relates to your soul. In D&C 88:15, it explains that the spirit and the body combined are the soul. 
                :38 seek the face of God that you may possess your souls (spirit + body) and you shall have eternal life.

Jesus the Christ, by Del Parson
from Media Library

We’ll give glory to Christ
D&C 133:52-53 “And now the year of my redeemed is come; and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever. In all their afflictions he was afflicted. And the angel of his presence saved them; and in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old.” We will realize all the wonderful things the Lord did for us throughout our lives. 
                :57 “for this cause, that men might be made partakers of the glories…the Lord sent forth the fullness of his gospel, his everlasting covenant…”
                :58 “…to prepare the weak…”
                :59 to “…thrash the nations by the power of his Spirit.”
                :60 “for this cause these commandments were given.”

What is left?
Recently I had several friends ask if the Second Coming might be very close, maybe even in the year 2021, because "the world has become so evil" and there are interesting signs in the skies and in the events of the world that could be interpreted to point to this year. I would absolutely love that if it were the case. Wouldn't it be great for our troubles to be over and for Christ to reign on the earth? So I did some research and compiled a list and, unfortunately, I find it difficult to see all of these remaining signs happening in just the next year. But it will continue to be interesting to watch and marvel at the works of the Lord:


1.     The Church will grow to fill the entire earth (Dan. 2:35, 44-45). We are getting closer, but there are still over 100 major cities in Russia, the largest country in the world, that have no church outreach, according to And about 60 additional nations are still closed to the Church.**

2.     All will hear the gospel in their own language (D&C 90:10-11). There are around 6,500 languages in the world. The Book of Mormon is now available in 90 languages. The Provo MTC teaches over 50 languages. The international MTCs teach several more. We do have translation during General Conference, but we are far from 6,500 languages.

3.     Righteousness and truth will sweep the earth as a flood (Moses 7:62). President Benson’s “flooding of the earth” with the Book of Mormon was a definite contributor. 

4.     Scattered Israel will be gathered. Definitely in process!

5.     The lost ten tribes will return (D&C 133:26-33). D&C 110:11 implies that there will be two parts to this gathering: the gathering from the four corners of the earth of individuals through missionary work, and the leading from the north of a larger group.

6.     The Lamanites will blossom as the rose (D&C 49:24). South and Central American natives certainly have, but there is still room for more blossoming among the North American Natives. I personally believe the North American Natives are descendants of Lehi.

7.     The U.S. Constitution will be threatened but the leaders of our church will save it (Brigham Young, quoting Joseph Smith, JD 2:182). Our constitution is certainly under stress at this time.

8.     A great hailstorm will destroy the crops of the earth, with stones the weight of a talent (Rev. 16:21; D&C 29:16). No one knows the accurate weight of a New Testament talent, but we can assume these are big hailstones.

9.     The gospel will flourish in Egypt and a temple will be built there (Isaiah 19:18-22). Egypt is presently one of the nations closed to the Church.

10.  A temple will be built in old Jerusalem (Ezek. 47:1-10; TPJS, 286). It will be on the Temple Mount but will not necessarily displace the Dome of the Rock; it will not be what is presently the Jerusalem Center. Church leadership has advised Seminary/Institute teachers to stop speculation that this may one day become a temple. Such a transformation would be against our agreement with Jerusalem leadership.

11.  A spring of fresh water will flow out from under this temple and heal the Dead Sea (Ezek. 47:1-10; TPJS, 286). Healing this sea would involve a massive amount of fresh water to reduce its salinity and make it habitable. 

12.  The “times of the Gentiles” will be fulfilled and the gospel will be taken to the Jews (D&C 45:22-28).

13.  The Jews will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior (D&C 45:51-53). There are Messianic Jews today who do believe in Jesus as their Savior, and that movement is growing, but it is far from a majority. According to one source, only 2.5% of Jews are Messianic.

14.  A New Jerusalem will be built in Independence, Missouri (Moses 7:62-64; D&C 57:1-3; Ether 13:5-6). The wicked will be afraid of the righteous who live there. It will be a place of safety for refugees from every nation. They will be the only people not at war. We haven't seen much happen in Independence yet.

15.  There will be a huge, private meeting at Adam-Ondi-Ahman (Dan. 7:9-14). All the faithful will be there, plus faithful dead (Bruce R. McConkie, MM, 578). Christ will appear there and receive the keys of the kingdom back from the Church leaders.

16.  A great earthquake “such as was not since men were upon the earth” will darken the sun (Rev. 6:12; 16:18). The 1812 New Madrid earthquakes along the Mississippi River in the United States are an example of how an earthquake can darken the sun--by raising sulphurous vapor from below the earth. Whether this event was the fulfillment of this prophecy, I don't know. 

17.  There will be no rainbows in the year that Christ comes (HC 6:254). Joseph Smith: “In any year that the bow should be seen the Lord would not come.”

18.  There will be a grand “sign of the coming of the Son of Man” in the sky. Nobody knows what it is, including the devil, but it will be obvious (Matt: 24:29-31; D&C 88:90-93; etc.) Joseph Smith: This will come after the sun has been darkened, the moon turned to blood, and the seas have heaved beyond their bounds (TPJS, 286-7).** Some people think that the sign has occurred, but since it wasn't obvious to the casual observer, I disagree.

19.  All the world will be at war, with Jerusalem at the center of the conflict.

20.  The Battle of Armageddon will occur. The valley of Megiddo is the name of the location today and is 50 miles north of Jerusalem (Rev. 16:14-16).

21.  Two of the apostles will be killed in Jerusalem after ministering there for 3-1/2 years (Rev. 11:3-13; D&C 77:15. Their bodies will lie in the street for 3-1/2 days, while the people celebrate their deaths. They will then rise from the dead and ascend into heaven after a vocal summoning from God

22.  Those living a godly life will be taken up to meet Christ and will then descend with him to rule the earth (D&C 88:96-98).

23.  In the midst of the siege of Jerusalem, Christ will appear on the Mount of Olives (Zech. 12:1-9; Bruce R. McConkie, DNTC, 1:659-60). The Mount of Olives will split in two and the entire world will feel the associated earthquake (D&C 45:48; Zech. 14:1-5). Everyone will see Jesus Christ appear; there will be no doubt (Rev. 1:7; 6:14-16; etc.).

24.  The wicked will be burned (Mal. 4:1; D&C 5:19; etc.)

25.  Evil will be conquered (D&C 29:21, etc.).

26.  There will be a full end of all nations (D&C 87:6-8).

27.  The righteous will live in peace (Isa. 11:6-9). Jesus Christ will rule the world politically.

Notes on two other signs:

1.   The mark of the beast will be in people’s foreheads [ownership] and right hands [covenants] (Rev. 13:13-17). This could just be symbolizing general worldliness and evil-doing, and could therefore already be fulfilled.

2.   *The sun will be darkened and the moon will become as blood (Joel 2:28-32). In October conference 2001, President Hinckley read this prophecy and said had been fulfilled. His second talk in that conference is also of interest.

Source: David J. Ridges, Using the Signs of the Times to Strengthen Your Testimony, 2014. Note: He lists 97 signs of the times total. This list only contains those not yet fulfilled.

**Nations/Areas Without Significant Church Presence

Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Virgin Islands
Burkina Faso
China (mainland)
East Timor
Equatorial Guinea
Falkland Islands
Faroe Islands
The Gambia
Norfolk Island
North Korea
Pitcairn Islands
San Marino
Saudi Arabia
South Sudan
United Arab Emirates
Vatican City (obviously)
Wallis and Futuna

Although the list is greatly shortened from the 97 events that David Ridges identified in the scriptures, we still have much work to do. We can be a light to our own personal sphere, we can support missionary work throughout the world, we can pray for countries to be opened to the Church, we can support and teach Native Americans, we can research our ancestors and do their temple work (this is the "offering of the Sons of Levi [temple goers]" mentioned by Christ in 3 Nephi 24:3).

“Today, the Lord’s work in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is moving forward at an accelerated pace. The Church will have an unprecedented, unparalleled future. ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, … the things which God hath prepared for them that love him’ (1 Corinthians 2:9; see also Doctrine and Covenants 76:10).

"Remember that the fulness of Christ’s ministry lies in the future. The prophecies of His Second Coming have yet to be fulfilled. We are just building up to the climax of this last dispensation—when the Savior’s Second Coming becomes a reality” (President Russell M. Nelson, April 2020 General Conference).

As individuals, we can and must constantly increase our personal righteousness.

“How do you prepare for the Second Coming? Well, you just do not worry about it. You just live the kind of life that if the second coming were to be tomorrow, you would be ready. Nobody knows when it is going to happen….Our responsibility is to prepare ourselves, to live worthy of the association of the Savior, to deport ourselves in such a way that we would not be embarrassed if He were to come among us. That is a challenge in this day and age.” (President Gordon B. Hinckly, Church News, 2 January 1999, p. 2)

from Media Library

D&C 88:68 – “Therefore, sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God, and the days will come that you shall see him; for he will unveil his face unto you, and it shall be in his own time, and in his own way, and according to his own will.”  
The definition of sanctification immediately follows: “that your minds become single to God.” If our motive in everything is love, if our direction is always upwards, and if our hearts and desires are aligned with God's through the direction of the Spirit, our minds are eyes are single to the glory of God. This is the personal path to safety in the last days.
EXTRA ACTIVITY: If you have active class members (a.k.a. youth), you may want to let them make Hebrew lamps during or after the discussion to remind themselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit that they may be a light to the world. Here is a link to directions: Homemade Hebrew Lamps


Greysilicious said...

Thank you so much. I love reading it. You look like Eler Jensen of Phillippines Baguio Mission.

Nancy Wyatt Jensen said...

Thank you. I wish I could say I was related to Elder Jensen, but I am not. Jensens are seldom related to each other because of the way surnames were assigned in Denmark, where the name originates. Anyone whose father was named Jens had the surname of Jensen, and Jens was one of the most popular names in Denmark. I have had children serve missions in Germany/Austria and in Kentucky, USA. My husband served in Alberta, Canada.