Good Morning my dear Elders and Sisters! I’m so humbled and grateful for the
opportunity to stand before you this morning! And I’m also so grateful to be serving here
in Fiji as a representative of our Savior Jesus Christ during this beautiful Christmas
Season! Isn’t December wonderful? It’s a time to focus on our Savior. A time to reflect
on his birth. To reflect on his perfect life and example. To reflect on His infinite
Atonement. And every other aspect of who He is. Today I have the opportunity to speak a
little bit about the Savior at His Second Coming.
I remember, when I was younger, people would talk about the Second coming.
And immediately I would imagine earthquakes and tsunamis and people dying and all
sort of other scary things. And I would start hyperventilating and hope and pray that I’m
not here when that happens. But the Lord’s message is clear. “Fear not, let your hearts
be comforted! “ He also says…… “If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear!”And you
know…. The more research I did about the second coming, the more I realized that I am
EXCITED. I’m excited to witness the Savior descend in power and great glory. Can you
imagine what that will be like? I’m excited for Christ to reign personally on the earth. I
can’t wait for the millennium when Satan will be bound for 1,000 years! I’m excited for
the morning of the 1st resurrection. And most of all I’m excited to meet my Savior.
I want to share with you a few verses from D&C 88 that describe what the 2nd
coming will be like. And as I read I want you to imagine….. paint a picture in your
mind, and visualize the scenes that will unfold and how you will feel……..
93 And immediately there shall appear a great sign in heaven, and all
people shall see it together.
95 And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour;
and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is
unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled;
96 And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be
quickened and be caught up to meet him.
97 And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their
graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the
midst of the pillar of heaven—
98 They are Christ’s, the first fruits, they who shall descend with him
first, and they who are on the earth and in their graves, who are first caught up
to meet him; and all this by the voice of the sounding of the trump of the angel
Can you see it? Can you feel the silence? And then you amazement and joy as the
face of the Lord is unveiled? Can you see the Hosts of heaven? And Christ descending
clothed in Power and Great Glory? Can you imagine what it will be like when the Saints
will be caught up to meet Him in the air? And what it will be like to descend with Him? I
hope we are living now to be worth of that glorious Day!
Last Christmas I was in the MTC. And at one of the Devotionals we had the
opportunity to hear from Elder Bednar! He shared something that has given me great
insight about the character and nature of Christ Something that has also helped me
imagine the 2nd Coming. He read the account of the Resurrected Christ visiting the
Nephites. One of the first things Christ did was to invite them each, to come up and feel
the nail prints in His hands and feet. To thrust their hands into his side. So they did.
ONE BY ONE. They EACH felt the prints and knew for themselves that He was their
Savior and Redeemer. …….. Now just think about that for a minute. ONE BY ONE.
Can you imagine how long that would have taken? It must have taken hours and hours.
But Elder Bednar explained that that is how Christ Ministers. ONE BY ONE. He
wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now with that in mind, I imagine that at some point each of us will ALSO have
the opportunity to feel the prints of the nails in His hands. To fall down and bathe His
feet in tender tears of gratitude. Maybe He’ll wrap his loving arms around us and tell us
just how much he loves us. Perhaps he’ll even invite us in for a personal interview. I
can’t begin to comprehend what that experience might be like. But I do think it’s
worthwhile to try to imagine it. And most importantly try to prepare for it.
Alma asks a question in the Book of Mormon that invites each of us to search our
souls and evaluate exactly how prepared we really are. He says……”I say unto you,
can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying
unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works
have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?” Can
you hear the voice of the Lord say that? Can you hear Him say “Well done thou good and
faithful servant? Have we been faithful enough? Not only for this 18 or 24 months? But
for our whole lives? I hope we have. And I hope we will continue to.
I want to share with you part of one of my favorite talks. It is called “His Grace is
Sufficient” by Brad Wilcox. In this part he talks about the Judgement day and how it will
probably be much different than what most of the world imagines. As I read I’m going to
substitute my name and you can do the same.
In the past I had a picture in my mind of what the final judgment would be
like, and it went something like this: Jesus standing there with a clipboard and
Sister Matheson standing on the other side of the room nervously looking at Jesus.
Jesus check His clipboard and says, ‘oh shoot, Sister Matheson,. You missed
it by two points.”
Sister Matheson begs Jesus, “please , check the essay question one more time!
There have to be two points you can squeeze out of that essay.” That’s how I always
But the older I get, and the more I understand this wonderful plan of
redemption, the more I realize that in the final judgment it will not be the
unrepentant sinner begging Jesus, “Let me stay.” No, he will probably be saying,
“Get me out of here!” Knowing Christ’s character, I believe that if anyone is going
to be begging on that occasion, it would probably be Jesus begging the unrepentant
sinner, “Please, choose to stay. Please, use my Atonement, - not just to be cleansed
but to be changed so that you want to stay.”
When I first read that, my mind was boggled. And I felt so much peace and
comfort. But it makes sense! That is who Christ is. He is our advocate with the Father.
He is rooting for us every step of the way. And He will NEVER stop. He bled and died
and suffered for each of our sins… one by one… and he begs us to use it! Don’t let it be
for nothing. We must let the Atonement change us! So we will be prepared for the day
we will meet Him again.
In closing, I want to share the words to the Primary song entitled….”When He
Comes Again.” There is a lot of truth and power in this simple song about the 2nd
coming. I wish I could sing it for you, but I think we will all be much happier if I just
It says….”I wonder when He comes again will I be ready there? To look upon His
loving face and join with Him in Prayer. Each day I’ll try to do His will. And let my light
so shine, that others see Him and they seek for greater light divine. And when that
blessed day is here, He’ll hug me and He’ll say….”You’ve served me well my little child,
Come into my arms to stay.”