Chapter One: Why Is the Second Coming So Important?

Promises, promises, promises. It seems that good friends always keep their promises. Several years ago I met a girl with whom I fell madly in love. She was beautiful, talented, and fun to be with. I finally got up enough courage to ask her out. She said yes! I couldn't believe it. I don't even remember what we did because I was so happy to be going out with her. We were together, and that's all that mattered. I was a prince in frog's clothing, and she was a beautiful princess.

We went out a few more times, and I was beginning to wonder if she liked me the way I liked her. The magic moment finally arrived. I took her to her door and was saying goodbye when she stepped close to me, took me by the hand, looked deep into my eyes, and asked, "Would you like to go to general conference with me on Saturday?" Not exactly what I expected, but of course I said yes.

There was a minor problem though. I was going to be in Idaho staying with a friend the night before conference. If I was going to go with her, I would have to leave Idaho at about three in the morning to make it back for our date--the first session of conference. I knew it would be worth it! I told her I would make it in time, and she promised to pick me up at 8:30 A.M.

As promised, I drove most of the night so I could meet her for our conference date. When I reached my home, I quickly got ready. I was tired and exhausted, but I was excited to be with her. In my best suit, with scriptures in hand, I excitedly looked out the window at 8:30 A.M.

Half an hour later I was still looking. We have plenty of time, I thought to myself. But by 9:30 A.M., she was still nowhere in sight. I began to worry and feel that it might be a good idea to give her a call. But then a thought crossed my mind: I want to see if she can keep her promise to pick me up in time for conference. It would be a great way to find out if she liked me enough to understand what I went through to meet her on time. I didn't call.

I sat down on the couch and waited until 10 A.M., staring into the distance. Another hour soon passed. My frustration turned to disappointment. Then at 11:30 A.M. the phone rang. I quickly picked it up.

"I'm sorry," she said. "My alarm didn't go off, and I slept in." I couldn't believe what I was hearing. I drove most of the morning to be with her. My mind understood that she didn't pick me up because she slept in, but my heart understood that she didn't care about me enough to keep her promise. What other promises would she not be able to keep in the future? Later we decided that it would be best not to go out anymore.

Since then I have become a little more forgiving. I've also learned that an eternal connection exists between friendship and promises. That's part of what the Second Coming is all about: God keeping his promises to his friends. The Lord said, "I will call you friends, for you are my friends, and ye shall have an inheritance with me" (D&C 93:45). The Savior is our best friend, and he will always keep his promises to us (2 Nephi 10:17).

Elder Harold B. Lee said:

The Lord has placed the responsibility for directing the work of gathering in the hands of the leaders of the Church to whom he will reveal his will where and when such gatherings would take place in the future. It would be well--before the frightening events concerning the fulfillment of all God's promises and predictions are upon us--that the Saints in every land prepare themselves and look forward to the instruction that shall come to them from the First Presidency of this Church as to where they shall be gathered and not be disturbed in their feelings until such instruction is given to them as it is revealed by the Lord to the proper authority. (In Conference Report, April 1948, 55)
Look at this list of promises the Lord has made to us regarding his coming:
  • He will come again and reward us according to our works (Matthew 16:27).
  • He will redeem us, and we will reign with him on the earth (D&C 43:29).
  • There will be peace and no more war (Isaiah 2:4).
  • If we repent, we will have no guilt when he comes (3 Nephi 27:16).
  • We will become like him (D&C 132:19, 20, 23).
  • We will see and hear great and marvelous things, and we will be filled with joy (3 Nephi 17:16-18).
  • We will all see him together (D&C 101:23).
  • Sorrow will end (D&C 101:29).
  • He will reveal all things to us (D&C 101:32-33).
  • We will live with him, and he will be our king and lawgiver (D&C 45:59).
Christ has promised us all this and more when he comes--if we are faithful and endure to the end. Why, then, is the Second Coming so important? Because many of the promises God has made to his children will be fulfilled when the Son returns. There will be no waiting and wondering if he will show up. The heavenly trumps will sound. He will come, and he will keep his promises. What an incredible day to look forward to.
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