Jesus is coming. That reality has been talked about with great anticipation for millennia. Commentary surrounding the prophecies and signs rarely satiate the eagerness and watchfulness that is characteristic of His followers.

It is also common for many, in waiting and wondering, to be fearful of the frightening events leading up to His return. Modern revelation in “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” reminds us that there are calamities foretold regarding our day. Being worried about that seems reasonable, but we are also given a lot of comfort and instruction. The proclamation is filled with ways we can love and care for our families, how we can treasure what God has ordained.

In Matt 1:37 we are promised that “whoso treasureth up my word shall not be deceived.” That word is found in scripture and through modern-day prophets. Treasuring them will prepare us for the unique trials of these latter days.

In considering what it is we treasure, Elder Uchtdorf invites us to ask ourselves, “Does the Spirit of God dwell in your hearts? Are you “rooted and grounded” in the love of God and of your fellowmen? Do you devote sufficient time and creativity to bringing happiness to your marriage and family? Do you give your energies to the sublime goal of comprehending and living “the breadth, and length, and depth, and height” of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ?”

Within our own homes and families we can prepare for the Savior’s glorious return. As Elder Christofferson reminds us, “Christ’s Resurrection is the ultimate assurance that all will be put right. Let us be about building up Zion…” How can we do that today?

🖼️ Dan Wilson

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