Elder Christoffel Golden: ‘Preparing for The Second Coming of Christ’

Elder Christoffel Golden, a General Authority Seventy, spoke during the Saturday afternoon session of October 2021 general conference. He testified that miracles occur in the everyday lives of countless people. The following is a summary of what he said.

Notable quotes from Elder Golden

“For those who have eyes to see, ears to hear and hearts to feel, more than ever before, we are required to confront the reality that we are getting ever closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.”
“We live in a modern world filled with great knowledge and much prowess. Nonetheless, these things too often camouflage the unsteady foundation upon which they are built.”
“I unreservedly testify of and attest to the reality of God and the miracles in the everyday life of countless people from both the low and high stations of life.”

Summary of Elder Golden’s talk

The scriptures record instances of nations rejecting signs and prophecies of the Savior. No teaching, miracle or angelic visitation appears to have the persuasive power to convince some individuals to alter their beliefs.

The knowledge and prowess of today’s world “too often” camouflage the unsteady foundation upon which they are built. Consequently, they do not lead to real truth nor to develop faith in Jesus Christ.

“We are required to confront the reality that we are getting ever closer to the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. True, great difficulties yet await those on the earth at His return, but in this regard, the faithful need not fear.”

God is real and miracles occur in the everyday life of countless people. Many sacred experiences are rarely spoken of, “in part because of their divine origin and the resulting possibility of ridicule by some who do not know better.”

The prophet Moroni taught that those who deny the revelations and gifts of God “knoweth not the gospel of Christ.”

Joseph Smith said: “Shall we not go on in so great a cause? … Courage, brethren (and may I add, sisters); and on, on to the victory.”

About Elder Golden

  • Elder Christoffel Golden was born in ​​Johannesburg, South Africa, and was sustained as a General Authority Seventy in March 2001.
  • He was baptized a member of the Church as a 20-year-old, and has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in South Africa, ward and stake Young Men president, institute teacher, bishop, and stake president.
  • He married Diane Norma Hulbert in December 1981. The couple married in Johannesburg; three days later they were sealed in the London England Temple. They are the parents of four children.

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