(Presidency message week 11)
At the recent 190th general conference President Nelson shared with the world a proclamation “The Restoration of The Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”The church seldom issues proclamations or as the dictionary defines them “a public or official announcement dealing with a matter of great importance.” President Hinckley issued the “Family Proclamation” in 1995 and “The Living Christ” in 2000.
As I have been pondering proclamations this week I would like to share with you an insight that I received, that I’m sure your probably already knew. These statements are not concluding remarks on events past, rather opening remarks to prepare us for events to come.
Consider a moment Captain Moroni’s great proclamation “And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children” (Alma 46:12) Which he then shared with all the people…“And it came to pass also, that he caused the title of liberty to be hoisted upon every tower which was in all the land, which was possessed by the Nephites; and thus Moroni planted the standard of liberty among the Nephites.” (Alma 46:36)
This statement was a call to arms, a reminder of simple a basic beliefs designed to rally the people in an upcoming time of trial, not a nice review of things past.
Consider the “Family Proclamation” issued in 1995, looking back now, who cannot say that the fabric of society has changed and that this statement issued by a prophet, was not meant to be an anchor in changing times.
Consider the “Living Christ” issued in 2000. Looking back, it is easy to see how needed a clear and concise statement on the nature of Christ was to be for the following 2 decades.
So how do we view this latest proclamation “The Restoration of The Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ”? Do we see it as nice summary of the last 200 years, a milestone in a closed chapter of our history? I don’t think we should. I believe it is a new call to arms, a refresher, a reminder of what we have been blessed with, just as Moroni reminded the Nephites of what they had.
Prophets are not historians, they are Seers and Revelalators, they prepare us for days to come, as did Noah with his ark, Moses and the exodus.
What should we be learning from this revelation? Are we studying it as if our spiritual lives depend upon it, because perhaps they will.
The restoration has not happened it is happening as the proclamation declares…“Two hundred years have now elapsed since this Restoration was initiated by God the Father and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Millions throughout the world have embraced a knowledge of these prophesied events.” (Capitals added)
And the statement defines our purpose…“With reverence and gratitude, we as His Apostles invite all to know—as we do—that the heavens are open. We affirm that God is making known His will for His beloved sons and daughters. We testify that those who prayerfully study the message of the Restoration and act in faith will be blessed to gain their own witness of its divinity and of its purpose to prepare the world for the promised Second Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
I invite you to join with me in making the study of this divine statement a priority and a matter of urgency, so we are better equipped to fulfill our role in preparing the world fro the promised Second Coming of Jesus Christ.
The Proclamation can be read HERE or watched below
All the Stake presidency messages can be viewed HERE