Thursday, September 17, 2015

Mormons Should Know This Stuff By Now

Okay, so there are some Mormons that think disaster may be coming this month. And some other Mormons are all, like, "Nuh-uh." But the first bunch of Mormons are all, like, "Yeah-huh, so there."

What is the go-to quote of the "nuh-uh" crowd? Both here and here, reference is made to Boyd K. Packer's 2011 General Conference talk where he counseled young people to not worry that the world is going to end soon.

Why does it seem like I am the only person who sees that this doesn't address the question at hand?

The disciples of Jesus asked Him about "the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world, or the destruction of the wicked, which is the end of the world". What is Jesus's answer?

And thus cometh the end of the wicked, according to the prophecy of Moses, saying: They shall be cut off from among the people; but the end of the earth is not yet, but by and by.
The destruction attendant the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is not "the end of the world." The disciples' question had a flawed assumption, and today many Mormons are making the same flawed assumption.

For those who survive the destruction, life continues, so we should make decisions appropriate for long lives, such as marriage and education. But telling me that I'm going to live to see my grandkids has NOTHING to do with whether or not the Abomination of Desolation will happen between now and then.

When I was younger, I didn't really understand the implication of the Parable of the Ten Virgins; how can half those expecting the Bridegroom be caught unprepared? What's the point of expecting if there's no preparation? But now I'm beginning to see.

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