Behold upon the mountains the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace! O Judah, keep thy solemn feasts, perform thy vows: for the wicked shall no more pass through thee . . . . - Nahum 1:15
"In ancient biblical times,
the feast' was a time of gathering, a time of harvest, a time of rejoicing, and what is more particularly significant,the feast' was designated by the Lord as a time of remembrance," Elder Alvin R. Dyer, then an Assistant to the Twelve, said in the October 1966 general conference.
Continuing, he said that in all of these observances, which were established for various reasons, "there seemed to be a central motive, a time of the renewal of spirit, of regeneration, that the people might continue with gratitude and sacrifice to fulfill the purposes of the Lord . . . .
feasts' that we observe at which we also gather to rejoice and be renewed in spirit and in thought, and to which we too bring the harvest of our achievements to evaluate, and then, with renewed determination, go forward to do better. Here, as in all thefeasts' of ancient times, is to be found the need of the people themselves, seeking the strength and the fortitude to push on. From such occasions will come this strength, if our hearts and minds can be brought in tune with the Spirit of God."