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Pastor’s Desk: Stand in holy places and be not moved

Posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 1:40 pm

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

We live in difficult times.  Times foretold by ancient and modern day prophets.

Doctrine and Covenants 45:26-33 states:

26 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 they shall say that Christ delayeth his coming until the end of the earth.

27 And the love of men shall wax cold, and iniquity shall abound.

28 And when the times of the Gentiles is come in, a light shall break forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel;

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

Chris Herring, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Mexico ward.

29 But they receive it not; for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.

30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.

32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.

33 And there shall be earthquakes also in divers places, and many desolations; yet men will harden their hearts against me, and they will take up the sword, one against another, and they will kill one another.”

As concerning as this the scriptures are, I find it comforting that the Lord gave instructions on how we may survive in these Last Days.

The Lord said to the Prophet Joseph Smith that the keys to surviving the challenges in these Last Days are found in verse 32:  “my disciples”,  “stand in holy places” and “be not moved”.

Elder Robert D. Hales of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said in the 2017 General Conference: “Becoming a Disciple of the Lord Jesus Jesus Christ”:

“What does it mean to be a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ? A disciple is one who has been baptized and is willing to take upon him or her the name of the Savior and follow Him. A disciple strives to become as He is by keeping His commandments in mortality, much the same as an apprentice seeks to become like his or her master.

“Many people hear the word disciple and think it means only “follower.” But genuine discipleship is a state of being. This suggests more than studying and applying a list of individual attributes. Disciples live so that the characteristics of Christ are woven into the fiber of their beings, as into a spiritual tapestry.

Listen to the Apostle Peter’s invitation to become a disciple of the Savior:”

For the complete column, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.