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The Second Coming

Living in expectation of Christ's return has always been an important part of Latter-day Saint spirituality. The resurrection teaches us that Christ has triumphed over the forces that wreak destruction and misery in our world, but we are still waiting for that triumph to be fully revealed. We still pray for God's will to be fully realized on earth (Matt. 5:10).

Apocalyptic images of the second coming are an impassioned expression of hope that Christ's power will radically transform the world, overturning evil and establishing a reign of justice and peace. This imagery should not cause fear but rather give us hope that God's promises will be fulfilled (D&C 45:34-35). Warnings that Christ is coming soon are meant to inspire us to be faithful in our stewardships and to treat others the way Christ would want us to (JS-M 1:48-54).

Besides apocalyptic imagery, the scriptures describe the second coming as a time of blessing and celebration. Christ comes so that all the earth will see his salvation—to bless every nation, kindred, tongue, and people (D&C 133:3; 1 Ne. 19:17). He comes to make the poor rejoice (D&C 56:19). Christ is the Bridegroom coming to celebrate his wedding banquet, a feast to which everyone is invited (D&C 33:17-18; 58:6-11). Christ's servants are responsible to prepare that feast. The coming of Christ's reign is a combination of heavenly and earthly labors; we help build the better world that Christ comes to bring (D&C 65).

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Franklin D. Richards: We should ask God and importune with Him that His kingdom may come and His will be done as in heaven so upon the earth . . . [T]he coming of the Lord Jesus Christ is the great point at which all our prayers should be directed. It seems to be the great leading object of our work here upon the earth, to be endeavoring continually to spread abroad the kingdom of God here on the earth.
Collected Discourses (Burbank, CA and Woodland Hills, UT: B.H.S. Publishing, 1987-1992), 3:139

Anthon H. Lund: That which we are striving for [is] to serve the Lord, to carry out His purposes, and to be instruments in His hands to bring about the reign of peace, the reign of Christ, here upon the earth.
Conference Report, April 1904, 5

David O. McKay: The mission of the Church is to prepare the way for the final establishment of the kingdom of God on earth. Its purpose is, first, to develop in men's lives Christ-like attributes; and, second, to transform society so that the world may be a better and more peaceful place in which to live.
Conference Report, April 1941, 106

Hugh B. Brown: While all is not well in the world, we testify that God is still in heaven, that Christ will defeat anti-Christ, that the millennium will be ushered in, that Satan will be bound, and there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and you are to join with us in helping to build that new world and prepare for the second coming of the Lord. You are the harbingers and builders of a new and better world.

Continuing the Quest (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1961), 14

Bruce R. McConkie: The Lord has laid upon us the responsibility to lay the foundation for that which is to be. We have been commissioned to prepare a people for the second coming of the Son of Man. We have been called to preach the gospel to every nation and kindred and tongue and people. We have been commanded to lay the foundations of Zion and to get all things ready for the return of Him who shall again crown the Holy City with his presence and glory.

“Come: Let Israel Build Zion,” Ensign, May 1977, 115–118

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