Monday, November 17, 2014

Preparing for Christ's Second Coming...great stuff from the seminary manual

Tomorrow's seminary lesson is about preparing for Christ's Second Coming in D&C 45. Here are some great quotes, videos, and other stuff from the manual. 

The most important preparation is to come to Christ and repent. 

"Assure students that the most important preparation we can make for the Second Coming is to come to the Savior, repent, and be cleansed of our sins. Invite students to think about whether they need to repent of anything and what they must do to be cleansed of sin." (Doctrine & Covenants and Church History Seminary Teacher Manual, 2013, page 120). 

"Preparing for the Second Coming"

Elder Dallin H. Oaks: The Ten Virgins in the Last Days (D&C 45:56-57) 

“The arithmetic of this parable is chilling. The ten virgins obviously represent members of Christ’s Church, for all were invited to the wedding feast and all knew what was required to be admitted when the bridegroom came. But only half were ready when he came” (“Preparation for the Second Coming,” Ensign, May 2004).

"They that are Wise"

President Spencer W. Kimball: Adding oil to our lamps 

“In the parable, oil can be purchased at the market. In our lives the oil of preparedness is accumulated drop by drop in righteous living. Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures—each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity—these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps” (Faith Precedes the Miracle [1972], 256).

"Taking the Spirit as Our Guide"

The three things the wise virgins did in D&C 45:57 were: 

  1. Receiving the truth
  2. Taking the Holy Spirit as their guide
  3. Avoiding being deceived 

"Be Not Troubled" 

Stand in Holy Places (D&C 45:32)

“‘Holy places’ may have more to do with how one lives than where one lives. If we live worthy of the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, then we stand in a holy place. … A holy place is any place where a person enjoys the Spirit of God” (Doctrine and Covenants Student Manual, 2nd ed. [Church Educational System manual, 2001], 196).

"Stand in Holy Places"

President Boyd K. Packer: We need the Spirit and we need not fear

"We live in troubled times-very troubled times. We hope, we pray, for better days. But that is not to be. The prophecies tell us that. We will not as a people, as families, or as individuals be exempt from the trials to come. ... We need not live in fear of the future. We have every reason to rejoice and little reason to fear. If we follow the promptings of the Spirit, we will be safe, whatever the future holds. We will be shown what to do" ("The Cloven Tongues of Fire," Ensign, May 2000).

Here is an overview of last days events from Elder Ballard.  

Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented a comprehensive overview of the events of the Second Coming in an article titled "When Shall These Things Be?" by Elder M. Russell Ballard.

One more good one...

P.S. This isn't from the seminary manual but it's my favorite talk to help you live with excitement rather than fear about the last days. It's Elder Jeffrey R. Holland's "Terror, Triumph, and a Wedding Feast." Here are a couple great quotes from it:

"We cannot stop living life. Indeed, we should live life more fully than we have ever lived it before. After all, this is the dispensation of the fullness of times. ... God is anxiously waiting for the chance to answer your prayers and fulfill your dreams, just as He always has. But He can't if you don't pray, and He can't if you don't dream. In short, He can't if you don't believe." 


Jonell Francis said...

Becky, I am SO grateful to see what my beautiful teens are learning in early morning seminary! I wish I could tune in everyday and see what they're learning. I've pulled some amazing paragraphs to comfort and direct or family from Elder Ballard's talk, and especially appreciate his direct language about media choices. It's framed and on the wall of our media room now!

Thank you, thank you!

Becky Edwards said...

Thank you Jonell! I wish your beautiful teens were in my seminary class! I'd love to see a picture of the Ballard quote in your media room!

Kailee Washer said...

I know this may seem like a random question but I have been looking for this picture of Christ you have at the top with the two groups of people for a long time and can't seem to find it ANYWHERE. I'd love to get a copy but can't even seem to find an artists name or title of the pic. Any help you might be able to give would be much appreciated.

Becky Edwards said...

Kailee Washer,

I did some searching for you. This link has information about the print you mentioned.