Saturday, July 16, 2016

Consolation?


Lately, there seem to be many people agonizing over the deceptions that they feel loved ones are falling victim to; and they may, in many instances, be right, but if this warning is accurate:
For in those days there shall also arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders, insomuch, that, if possible, they shall deceive the very elect, who are the elect according to the covenant,1
perhaps we should be as ready to examine our own traditions and expectations, and not be so convinced that we, personally, cannot and will not be amongst the deceived.

So IF, in coming days, many of us find ourselves deceived—being blind and deaf in some degree or other—here are three verses of possible consolation (bold emphasis added):
Behold, verily I say unto you, there are hypocrites among you, who have deceived some, which has given the adversary power; but behold such shall be reclaimed; (Doctrine and Covenants 50:7)

Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. (Old Testament | Isaiah 35:5)

And when thy people transgress, any of them, they may speedily repent and return unto thee, and find favor in thy sight, and be restored to the blessings which thou hast ordained to be poured out upon those who shall reverence thee in thy house. (Doctrine and Covenants | Section 109:21)
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1. Pearl of Great Price | Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:22; see also New Testament | Matthew 24:24

 
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