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The following is a chapter taken from the book 100 Signs of the Times: Leading up to the Second Coming of Christ by David J. Ridges. It is currently on sale alongside the new release Using the Signs of the Times, go check it out!
People seem to be flocking to therapists, counselors, psychologists, ministers, social workers, and others for help in unprecedented numbers. All around us, there is much depression, despair, hopelessness, and lack of motivation to do anything. In Luke 22:26, we find this sign of the times. As you read this verse, quoted next, you will see the phrase “men’s hearts failing them,” which refers to giving up hope, having no more courage, having no faith, and so forth. We will read this verse in context with verses 25 and 27 in order to get the last days setting of this prophecy (bold added for emphasis).
This same sign of the times is given also in the Doctrine and Covenants as well as in the Pearl of Great Price. They read as follows (bold added for emphasis):
Fortunately for the Saints in the last days, there is peace and stability in living the gospel, including following the living prophets. We have constant guidance from the Lord through them and through the gift of the Holy Ghost. We, of all people on earth, have the best chance of following the Savior’s counsel about the signs of the times recorded in Matthew 24:6, as well as in Joseph Smith— Matthew 1:23, wherein He said “see that ye be not troubled.” There is peace in righteous doing. We have no need to get caught up in the depression and despair that has become such a common and pervasive problem of our times. In fact, if we were to get caught up in it, we would not being doing a very good job of following our latter-day prophets. President Monson gave wonderful counsel on this topic in the April 2009 general conference. He said:
This is clear counsel. Following it will not only bless our own lives with a greater ability to avoid being caught up in negatives but will also help us be a positive influence for those around us.
** The following was taken from 100 Signs of the Times. The opinions and views expressed herein belong solely to David J. Ridges and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of Cedar Fort, Inc.