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Preparing for final judgment

Many of the Savior's parables and teachings were given to help people prepare for His Second Coming. The Parable of the Ten Virgins is one such example. (See related article on this page.)

Preparing for the day of final judgment was a theme of an address delivered in the April 1964 general conference by Elder Sterling W. Sill, an Assistant to the Twelve. He spoke of some important days in world history that are known by letters or initials, and cited some examples from World War II: "D Day" was an unspecified day on which a crucial military operation was to take place. The day on which the Allied Invasion Forces swarmed onto the beaches of Normandy to re-establish their foothold in western Europe was on June 6, 1944. That date became known as "D Day."Elder Sill noted these days are important in history. "But," he declared, "the day that will probably be the most exciting of all of our days will also be a `J Day' or Judgment Day.

"This is a term frequently used in the scripture to indicate another unspecified day on which the most crucial operation of our existence will take place. This is the world's settling-up day.' It is the day when the books are going to be balanced. This is the day that the prophets have looked forward to and talked about since the world began. In the scripture this day has been called by various names includingThe Day of Reckoning,' The Day of the Lord,'The Great and Terrible Day.' For some it will be doomsday, but many scriptural passages mention this day as though it needed no qualifying phrase. They merely call it The Great Day.' It is very interesting that at any important race the spectators usually congregate at the finish line. And what could be more exciting than to be at the finish line in the race of life. This is another interesting reason why we should be ready forJ Day.' In our own time the Lord has said: `Therefore . . . labor diligently . . . to bind up the law and seal up the testimony, and to prepare the saints for the hour of judgment which is to come.' (D&C 88:84.)

"We know quite a lot about J Day,' and apparently it is going to be quite a day. We know the purpose of Judgment Day. We know what action is contemplated. We know who will be in court. We know that God will be there. We know that all of us will be there. We know that all of the members of the Church will be there, and that all of the non-members of the Church will be there. Even Satan, and all of his angels will be there. The Prophet Jude said,And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.' (Jude 1:6.)

" . . . Even hell will be emptied for judgment day. The problem that troubles our civil courts is that those involved cannot frequently agree as to the facts. But probably no one will be disposed to argue on

Judgment DayT. If God could show Abraham a rerun of his experience before the earth was created and if He could show Moses the entire history of the world before it happened, we can be sure that He can show us every detail of our lives exactly as they took place, with nothing left out."

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