3 Optimistic Truths I Learned From an Apostle about the Second Coming

3 Optimistic Truths I Learned From an Apostle about the Second Coming

On September 27, 2015, I did a Periscope broadcast of the super blood moon eclipse. I had nearly 17,000 live viewers from all over the world that night and over 2,400 comments during the live broadcast (click here to view the replay of the broadcast). Many of the people on the broadcast were talking about how this was a sign of the times or that it meant that the end was coming. I somewhat ignored them because I wanted people to be able to enjoy the beauty of the eclipse and the super blood moon. I have often thought about how there are many people who are afraid of the signs that signify that the second coming of Jesus Christ is near.

Members of the LDS faith (and really any believing Christians) shouldn’t be afraid of the second coming of Jesus Christ. A speech by Jeffrey R Holland​ helped clarify the difference between sensationalism and preparedness for me. I wanted to share my main takeaways from the talk: Terror Triumph and a Wedding Feast.

1. Live your life now.

Plant trees. Get an education. Go after your dreams. Get married. Set goals for your life. Don’t be paralyzed by fear of a possible impending doom because of the signs of the times. We live in the latter-days, but we should LIVE our lives as if we were building forever. Here is Elder Holland:

“We should watch for the signs and read the meaning of the seasons, we should live as faithfully as we possibly can, and we should share the gospel with everyone so that blessings and protections will be available to all. But we cannot and must not be paralyzed just because that event and the events surrounding it are out there ahead of us somewhere. We cannot stop living life. Indeed, we should live life more fully than we have ever lived it before. After all, this is the dispensation of the fulness of times.”

2. This is an amazing time to be alive.

Prophets have looked forward to our day since the beginning of time. They saw our day with gladness. What were they looking forward to? Earthquakes, pestilences, rumors of wars, and the sun turning dark? NO! They looked forward to the amazing blessings of our day. The technology, the peace, the innovation, the near-golden era of a globalized way to share goodness and the happiness that does abound.

3. There won’t be another Great Apostasy.

Even though there have been, are and will be horrible events (like 9-11 or the recent Paris attacks), we know that truth and the keys of the priesthood will remain. This is the only time period in the history of the earth that will not end in apostasy. And though things will probably happen that might make the use of food storage necessary, the Kingdom of God will never be taken off the earth. If you stick with it, you will still have trials, but you’ll be on a winning team.


We must live by faith and not by fear in these, the latter days. We are Latter-day Saints, but remember that we are members of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints and it was Jesus who said:

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).


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Andy is the creator of TheReturnedMissionary.com and the co-creator of LDSmissionaries.com and of HappyMormons.com. He served a mission in Chile and was a Spanish teacher at the Provo MTC for a few years before he graduated from BYU. He loves doing online missionary work after working in the internet marketing industry. He graduated from BYU in 2009 after living in the Holy Land and studying at the BYU Jerusalem Center. He is the author of a new book for RMs, called ​Live Your Mission: 21 Powerful Principles to Discover Your Life Mission after Your Mission, which is the first book in the L​ive My Gospel​ book series. He is a regular contributor to Meridian Magazine and has been featured on the Mormon.org blog as well as LDS Living and Deseret News. He is married and can't wait for the kids to start dropping from heaven.

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