President Nelson on preparing ourselves and the world for the Second Coming


In the April 2020 issue of the Ensign, President Russell M. Nelson shared a message on being prepared for the Second Coming of the Savior.

“The prophecies of His Second Coming have yet to be fulfilled,” he said. “We are just building up to the climax of this last dispensation—when the Savior’s Second Coming becomes a reality.”

President Nelson wrote about the importance of eternal families, temples, missionary work, and gathering Israel on both sides of the veil. Additionally, he said Latter-day Saints should make it a priority to be worthy to enter the temple.

“The time is coming when those who do not obey the Lord will be separated from those who do,” he said. “Our safest insurance is to continue to be worthy of admission to His holy house. The greatest gift you could give to the Lord is to keep yourself unspotted from the world, worthy to attend His holy house. His gift to you will be the peace and security of knowing that you are worthy to meet Him, whenever that time comes.”

In his message, the prophet stated that the Book of Mormon is a sign that “the Lord has commenced to gather Israel and fulfill the covenants He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.” Without the Book of Mormon, there would be no gathering of Israel, he said.

The prophet also gave a reminder that it is the duty of Latter-day Saints to prepare the world for the Second Coming and that all can come unto Christ, wherever they may be. Church members must also have the courage to be “resilient” in their faith.

“Why do we need such resilient faith? Because difficult days are ahead. Rarely in the future will it be easy or popular to be a faithful Latter-day Saint. Each of us will be tested,” he said. “You will have days when you will be discouraged. So pray for courage not to give up! Sadly, some whom you thought were your friends will betray you. And some things will simply seem unfair. However, I promise you that as you follow Jesus Christ, you will find sustained peace and true joy.”


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