36. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Jesus Christ first came to earth as a baby, born in a manger and was not widely accepted as the Messiah. When He comes the second time, it will be in power and great glory.
Before the Second Coming there will be many trials and tribulations. Heavenly Father has given us signs to watch for so that we will be ready to stand before our Savior. If we are faithful we will know what the signs are and will be watching for them. We can learn what signs to watch for through scripture study.
“It’s all in the holy scriptures, and of all the great events of the history of the world, as far as the prophets have foretold, the greatest is the preparation for the coming of the Savior in the latter days, when He will come in power and great glory, with all the holy angels, as King of kings and Lord of lords.” LeGrand Richards
Do we need to prepare for the Second Coming?
The Lord instructed the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is to come, for the Lord is nigh.” (D&C 1:12.)
What can we do to prepare for the Second Coming? (discuss ideas)
Have some of the signs of the Second Coming already been or now being fulfilled? (Yes. Discuss ideas)
Are all the signs of the Second Coming frightful?
Discuss some of the joyful signs: Restoration of the Gospel, the coming forth of The Book of Mormon, the coming of Elijah, the gospel preached to all the world, the building of the New Jerusalem, etc.
“Daddy!” five-year old Callie hollered. Father entered the room and sat down on the edge of Callie’s bed.
“ I can’t sleep, ’cause I’m scared!” she confided.
Father gathered Callie into his arms and held her tight. “I’ll check under your bed for you Callie if you want, but you know there are no such things as monsters!”
“It’s not monsters I’m afraid of!” Callie sobbed. “I don’t want to starve before Jesus comes back to earth!”
“Oh, Callie! If you always follow the prophet, you’ll be prepared for His return. You don’t need to be afraid. When Jesus comes again it will be a very joyful day!” Father promised.
“But, Caleb said that a lot of bad things are going to happen!”
“Callie, Caleb was wrong to scare you,” Father said as he tucked Callie back into her bed. “There are bad things that are already happening and will happen before Jesus comes again, but Jesus taught that we don’t need to be troubled. Tomorrow for FHE we can talk about Jesus’ Second Coming with the whole family.”
Callie wiped her tears on the sleeve of her nightgown. “Will you sing me a song so I can go to sleep?”
“I’ll do anything for you, Princess,” Father said. Then he began singing, “I wonder when he comes again, Will herald angels sing? Will earth be white with drifted snow, or will the world know spring?…”
“Daddy!” the sleepy little girl said when he had finished, “That’s my favorite song! It will be wonderful when Jesus comes again. Won’t it?”
Father kissed Callie on the forehead. “Yes, princess. It will!” he said before leaving the room.
The next evening, Father and Mother gathered the family together for FHE. They talked about the signs of the second coming and how their family can be prepared and not be troubled.
“Callie. Do you know why we have food storage?” Father asked.
Callie thought about it for a moment and then looked at her older brother, Caleb, who looked down
sheepishly. Suddenly a warm comforting feeling came over her. She knew she didn’t need to be afraid of the things to come, as long as she was doing what’s right.
“’Cause the prophets told us to. So when the famines come we won’t starve!”
by Margie Nauta Lee
Build your pinwheels as you read about the Signs of the Times and how your family can prepare for His return to help your little ones (and you, too) feel comforted and look forward to the Second Coming without being afraid or troubled.
These bright and tasty “sun treats” (Lemon Chiffon Cream Tarts) will remind your family to look forward without fear to that bright and glorious day when the “Son of Man” returns.