Monday, April 21, 2014

April 2014 General Conference: Spiritual Whirlwinds

Elder Neil L. Anderson warned that the world will not glide calmly toward the Second Coming.  All things shall be in commotion, there will be spiritual whirlwinds.

Sin has always been part of the world, but it has never been so accessible, insatiable, and acceptable. The powerful force of repentance will subdue the whirlwinds of sin.

Not all whirlwinds of our making. Some come because of the wrong choices of others, and some come just because this is mortality.

Prepare for your whirlwinds.  President Monson said a chasm ever stands between standards of the Church and the world, but it is grows wider than ever before.

In a recent message to Church leaders, the First Presidency wrote,
Changes in the civil law do not, indeed cannot, change the moral law that God has established. God expects us to uphold and keep His commandments regardless of divergent opinions or trends in society. His law of chastity is clear: sexual relations are proper only between a man and a woman who are legally and lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We urge you to review … the doctrine contained in ‘The Family: A Proclamation to the World.’

President Monson said,

The Savior of mankind described Himself as being in the world but not of the world. We also can be in the world but not of the world as we reject false concepts and false teachings and remain true to that which God has commanded.

Defending traditional marriage is derided, sometimes you will have to stand alone.

In the same-sex attraction whirlwind, we are challenged to love those who disagree.  But beware of self-righteousness.  There is no place in the Gospel for bigotry. But everyone, independent of his or her decisions and beliefs, deserves our kindness and consideration.  God will dispel the powers of darkness.

We are called to stand in holy places.  To strengthen us, we are afforded greater access to Temple.  We find the peace of the Savior in the Temple.  The way you feel in the temple is a pattern for how you want to feel in your life.

Don't let the whirlwind drag you down. These are your days to stand strong as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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