This time the common message was about committing ourselves to the savior and His gospel. Not just having a testimony but committing ourselves through our actions and serving others. The parable of the 10 virgins was spoken of and the New Testament scripture of Jesus asking Peter three times if he loves Him - this was spoken of throughout conference. We were also counseled by our loving prophet that during these times of negative things going on in the world around us that we look for the positive and be glad.
I feel that we are now at that point in time where it is the parable of the 10 virgins. Jesus will be here soon and if we are not prepared and our lamps filled with oil (our testimonies and commitment) we will miss out. If we are committed to Him and we really know Him, then we won't be caught off guard when he comes. We will be ready. Jesus asked Peter if he really loved Him, because if he really loved Jesus then he needed to "feed his sheep" - or share the gospel. That's what Peter did. He went on to share the gospel until the day of his death.
I see that final push to share the gospel with all nations of the earth. The first presidency just announced that the age requirement for missionary service has been lowered from age 19 to age 18 for boys and age 21 to age 19 for girls. This was very exciting news and of course means that there will be a flood of missionaries into the mission field over the next 12 months. It's that final stretch in that final inning and the saints are giving that final push with all of our might before the Lord comes. I really feel that He will be here soon especially with this large flood of missionary work like we have never seen before!
This is why the prophet tells us to be glad and focus on the positive. With all the negative happening in the world around us, it means that the time is at hand. We know that these things must come to pass prior to the return of the Savior. So why put all your energy into being upset or fearful? It will do you no good. Be happy that the Savior will be here soon and everything imaginably great and good will follow His return.
This leads me to tell you what happened the other night. It was Saturday night into Sunday morning about 2:00 am. I awoke to the sound of trumpets playing. It was so strange yet for some reason I wasn't startled or confused but happy and enjoying them. They were beautiful and sounding together as if in celebration. It was a very happy sound and the music very uplifting. I had never heard anything like it before. They sounded distant yet loud enough to wake me and I could hear them inside of me (if that makes any sense). I lay there in the dark just listening to them and smiling. I knew they were apart of something good. Finally my husband got up and turned the lamp on. He must have been hearing them to, or so I thought. He never gets up in the night. As I listened to him walk through the house I continued to enjoy the trumpets. The more I focused on them, the louder they got.
I then heard my husband turn on the heater. He came back to bed. "Do you hear those trumpets to?" I asked him
"What are you talking about" he replied.
Just then the heater kicked on. It was so loud that it drowned out the music and I could no longer hear it. I went back to sleep pondering on what had just happened.
Two days later, I decided to google it. I typed in "trumpets sounding in the night" and "I heard trumpets last night". Wow! I couldn't believe it. Other people have been hearing the same thing I have over the course of the last year. I couldn't help but wonder, could this be it? Is heaven sounding the trumpets for Christ's return? Maybe there has been a big celebration going on in the spirit world and the veil is quite thin. People on earth are hearing the celebration so that we might also know that the time is just about here. Are we prepared? If so, we can and should rejoice!
I began to think about in Revelation when John speaks about the seven trumpets. Could this be the first trumpet sounding? Maybe it has been sounding over the last year to prepare us for the first of many woes. If you are prepared you will recognize scripture coming to pass. These 7 woes or 7 trumpets are the final things that must happen before Christ returns. They are the opening of the seventh seal.
I'm telling you that I was completely taken by the Spirit when I likened what I heard unto the scriptures. I believe this 7th seal is about to open. It will be a terrible time for those who are not prepared and a wonderful time for those who are ready to meet the Lord.
I say this in the name of Jesus Christ - amen.