Monday, April 23, 2018

Hell’s Bells

Elder Boyd K. Packer quoting Brother Brigham, saying something in the mid-1800s that turns out to be just as relevant and applicable today as then:

When President Brigham Young announced that a temple was to be built in the Salt Lake Valley, many were afraid. They had experienced terrible persecutions and hardships. They thought another temple would be an invitation to call it all upon them again. “Some say, ‘I do not like to do it, for we never began to build a Temple without the bells of hell beginning to ring.’ I want to hear them ring again. All the tribes of hell will be on the move, if we uncover the walls of this Temple. But what do you think it will amount to? You have all the time seen what it has amounted to.” (Discourses of Brigham Young, page 410.)

We just heard of seven new temples being announced. How loud and long will the bells of hell ring now? What should we expect? Will opposition increase? Should we be surprised when it does? Where will the satanic sounds of craven counsel come from? The answers to these questions are set before us in many forms, but are easy to recognize (blogs, newspapers, media, social media, anti-Mormon forums, websites, etc.).

For example: before, during, and since the recent April General Conference, the opinion pages of the Salt Lake Tribune have been filled with the thrill tones of bells ringing with the spirit of anti-Christ; anti-Mormon activists doing their best to shout and distract and divert and influence anyone they can for the worse. We have one of the worst of them clanging his bell for all he is worth, feebly trying to tell the prophet of God to listen to him instead of to Jesus. In some ways it is almost pitiable/pitiful to observe the stark contrasts between what the devil has to say and what Jesus Christ is saying. The man speaking for Satan (using the Tribune) is proclaiming that people are leaving the church in droves and that President Nelson must reform the church into a politically correct organization of the telestial world in order to keep these masses that he says are leaving (he lies but that is a secondary point).

            Meanwhile, the prophet of the Lord testified to faithful members that the Lord spoke to him at Conference: “Our plans were to announce six new temples at conference time,” said President Nelson. “The Lord told me on the eve of conference: ‘Announce a temple in India.’ … That was the Lord's doing.”

            I for one am filled with awe and joy and gratitude. My prophet, the leader of my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is doing as he is told to by the resurrected Jesus of Nazareth, and is ignoring the bells of hell as they ring in the Tribune or anywhere else. The voices of apostasy and wickedness and evil are clamoring to be heard, heeded, and followed—and some do follow them instead of the voice of the Good Shepherd. (Jesus prophesied that in the last days even some of the very elect would be deceived.) But most members know that voice and follow it and are now striving to be and do something holier and higher.

            And what was it that President Young said?—“I want to hear them ring again!” because when Satan is working so hard and talking so loud, he and we know that something heavenly is happening; that the harps of heaven and the celestial choirs of the Saints are singing and and rejoicing and God’s marvelous work and wonder is moving forward. These prophets and Saints have great courage. A righteous and valiant people is being prepared as a great body of morally clean, commandment keeping believers to be accepted by the Lord at His second coming, when all the wicked will be burned as stubble. It’s just not a hard choice to make; the voice to follow.

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