Joel Chapter 2 – Sun shall be darkened

“The words of the prophets are rapidly being fulfilled, but it is done on such natural principles that most of us fail to see it. Joel promised that the Lord would pour out his spirit upon all flesh: the sons and daughters should prophesy, old men should dream dreams, and young men should see visions. Wonders in heaven and in the earth would be seen, and there would be fire, blood, and pillars of smoke. Eventually the sun is to be turned into darkness and the moon as blood and then shall come the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Some of these signs have been given; some are yet to come. The sun has not yet been darkened.  We are informed that this will be one of the last acts just preceding the coming of the Lord.”

April 1966 General Conference, President Joseph Fielding Smith, Counselor in the First Presidency and President of the Council of the Twelve Apostles (emphasis added)

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The vision of Joel has been fulfilled wherein he declared:
‘And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, and in the remnant whom the Lord shall call’ (Joel 2:28–32).”

October 2001 General Conference, President Gordon B. Hinckley, President of the Church (emphasis added)

FBI Investigated President Hinckley in 1951

Jamie Lawson, LDS LIving
10/21/2008 05:43 PM MDT
http://ldslivingonline.com/article.php?articleId=78608

Forty-four years before he became president of the Church, the U.S. government investigated Gordon B. Hinckley to determine whether he was a spy or a loyal American.

According to FBI files released last week, the conclusion was the latter.

In the summer of 1951, at the request of J. Edgar Hoover, a special inquiry was conducted into President Hinckley’s life as part of a screening process for a job with Voice of America, a radio network run by the U.S. State Department. (It is unclear whether he applied for the job or was recruited, and there is no mention of any employment at Voice of America in his biography.)

FBI agents conducted investigations in Utah, California, Colorado and Illinois, interviewing employers, business associates, neighbors, Church members and others who were acquainted with him. Descriptions such as “intelligent, dependable and conscientious” appear repeatedly throughout the documents, with all interview subjects speaking highly of President Hinckley.

One report states that a neighbor described him as “an excellent person and one of the most loyal American citizens he has ever known.” The report further shows that another neighbor said “the U.S. government would be absolutely safe in trusting [him] with any confidential or classified material because of Hinckley’s excellent moral character and loyalty to the United States.”

The FBI reviewed President Hinckley’s high school and college records, reporting that his grades at the University of Utah were “above average.” In addition, agents looked into the credit histories of President Hinckley’s siblings, as well as searched for arrest records. None were found.

The recently released FBI files also include a letter from President Hinckley explaining his employment history from 1932 to 1935. He writes about his mission call to Europe in May of 1933 and says of his mission, “I received no monetary compensation for the two years spent in this effort, as is customary with all Mormon missionaries.”

Upon completing his mission, he was asked by President Heber J. Grant to organize what has become the Church’s Public Affairs Department. In 1951 he was named executive secretary of the General Missionary Committee, managing the entire missionary program of the Church until he was appointed as an assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1958. He was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1961 and set apart as the 15th president of the Church on March 12, 1995. He passed away on January 27 of this year.

*Special thanks to The Salt Lake Tribune for acquiring the FBI files through the Freedom of Information Act.  Click here to read the entire report.

The Inspired Constitution

My friend Denise has reminded me of a post that I’ve been promising for a long time.

I believe that the Constitution of the United States of America was inspired by God.

The Lord told us: “According to the laws and constitution of the people, which I have suffered to be established, and should be maintained for the rights and protection of all flesh, according to just and holy principles; … And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.”  (Doctrine and Covenants 101:77, 80 – emphasis added).  The Apostle Paul taught “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim 3:16).  The Lord also said “And whatsoever they shall speak when moved upon by the Holy Ghost shall be scripture, shall be the will of the Lord, shall be the mind of the Lord, shall be the word of the Lord, shall be the voice of the Lord, and the power of God unto salvation” (Doctrine and Covenants 68:4).

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Remembering Gordon B. Hinckley

Gordon Bitner Hinckley, the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died today at the age of 97. He has served as President of the Church from 1995 – 2008. He will be remembered as a man of faith and conviction, who loved the members of the Church as well as all mankind. He was a valiant servant of Jesus Christ and spent his life trying to help others come closer to Jesus Christ. He has returned home to that God who gave him life and reunited with his sweetheart, Marjorie Pay Hinckley, who died in 2004. He will be missed by all.

Official Church Press Release