From Gospel Principles:

Knowing the Signs of the Times Can Help Us

No one except our Heavenly Father knows exactly when the Lord will come. The Savior taught this with the parable of the fig tree. He said that when we see a fig tree putting forth leaves, we can tell that summer will soon come. Likewise, when we see the signs described in the scriptures, we can know that his coming is near. (See Matthew 24:32-33.)

The Lord gave these signs to help us. We can put our lives in order and prepare ourselves and our families for those things yet to come.

We do not need to worry about the calamities but can look forward to the coming of the Savior and be glad. The Lord said, "Be not troubled, for, when all these things [the signs] shall come to pass, ye may know that the promises which have been made unto you shall be fulfilled"(D&C 45:35). He said those who are righteous when he comes will not be destroyed "but shall abide the day. And the earth shall be given them for an inheritance; ...and their children shall grow up without sin. ...For the Lord shall be in their midst, and his glory shall be upon them, and he will be their king and their lawgiver"(D&C 45:57-59).


How can knowing the signs of the Second Coming help us?

The signs of the times help me in several ways:

1) They provide me with a sense of urgency about repenting of my sins, an urgency that I wouldn't feel if there were no signs of the times.

2) They fill me with joy as I contemplate the coming to an end of this wicked world with all its terribly injustice towards the innocent and helpless. Finally, the rich and powerful who gained their advantage at the expense of others will be dethroned. What joy this thought gives me, and it seems real primarily because of the signs of the times.

3) They comfort me because I feel like I am better prepared for what is to come as I repent and keep the commandments. Watching the signs of the times unfold gives me a feeling of control as I throw my lot in with the Savior because he IS in control.

How do these signs of the times help you?

"The study of the doctrines of the Gospel will improve
behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve
behavior." --Boyd K. Packer
All my opinions are tentative pending further data. --JWR

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