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Elder D. Todd Christofferson: 'Preparing for the Lord's Return'

Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Notable quotes:

“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is uniquely empowered and commissioned to accomplish the necessary preparations for the Lord’s Second Coming.”
“We can gather the Lord’s covenant people.”
“All who repent, believe on Christ, and be baptized are His covenant people.”

Summary points:

  1. Now is the time to prepare for the Second Coming.
  2. The Second Coming will forever remove poverty, pain and even death.
  3. Zion is the pure in heart — a people of one heart and one mind.

Talk summary:

The Resurrection confirms the divinity of Jesus Christ and the reality of the Father.

Now is the time to prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord. When He comes, oppression and injustice will cease. Poverty and suffering will vanish. Even the pain and sorrow of death will be done away.

"The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is uniquely empowered and commissioned to accomplish the necessary preparations for the Lord’s Second Coming; indeed, it was restored for that purpose.

"Can you find anywhere else a people who embrace the present era as the prophesied 'dispensation of the fullness of times' in which God has purposed to 'gather together in one all things in Christ'."

So how can Latter-day Saints prepare for Christ's return?

"We can prepare ourselves as a people; we can gather the Lord’s covenant people; and we can help redeem the promise of salvation made to the fathers, our ancestors. All of this must occur in some substantial measure before the Lord comes again."

A new Zion will receive the Lord at His return. Zion is the pure in heart, a people of one heart and one mind, dwelling in righteousness with no poor among them.

The gathering of the Lord's covenant people is an underlying effort in building Zion.

"All who will repent, believe on Christ, and be baptized are His covenant people. The Lord Himself prophesied that before His return, the gospel would be preached in all the world to recover His people, which are of the house of Israel — 'and then shall the end come.'”

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Recently on social:

  • In an Instagram post, Elder Christofferson shared his experience visiting with young adults at Southern Virginia University. Encouraging young adults to look outward, rather than inward, he also cautioned against getting caught up in social media to maintain a healthy life perspective.
  • After speaking at the G20 Interfaith Forum in Argentina, Elder Christofferson reflected on his mission in Argentina as a young man in an Instagram post. He also said that in order to preserve religious freedom today, two things are of utmost importance — living the gospel in our “day-to-day lives” and making “Christlike contributions anywhere in the world.”
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Recently I participated in the G20 Interfaith Forum in Argentina, the country where I served my mission as a young man. This interfaith summit brings together religious leaders from all over the world. I was invited to give two addresses on religious freedom—one in English and another in Spanish. . Being in the country where I served my mission caused me to think about what it was like to be a young adult. The world has changed so much since then. More than ever, our religious freedom needs to be valued and preserved. I believe there are two things that anyone—especially young adults—can do to play a part in preserving religious freedom. . First, we should strive to live the gospel in our day-to-day lives. Each week, we go to church with all kinds of people. We must learn to love people who are different from us, people who are prickly, people who need to be helped. This is real life. Learning to live the gospel daily, when the rubber meets the road, is essential to developing a Christlike character that will stand as an example to the world. . Second, we have the liberty and opportunity to make Christlike contributions anywhere in the world. When we follow the example of the Savior, we can be an influence for good everywhere we go. It becomes our way of life, our nature. Programs like @just_serve provide service opportunities to anybody who desires to help in their communities. . You of the rising generation are so focused on making an impact for good. I applaud you for your efforts and urge you to continue in your Christlike service.

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  • During the Rome Italy Temple dedication, Elder Christofferson added his witness on Twitter that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.
  • In November, Elder Christofferson stated in a Twitter post that everyone has an important role to serve and to love others.

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