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Friday, June 3, 2011
The Lord calls the earth to repentance through natural calamities
When John the Revelator saw the events of the sixth seal (the sixth period of a thousand years; seeD&C 77:6–7 ), great natural disasters were among the things shown to him (seeRevelation 6:12–13 ). In the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord revealed specifically that in addition to preaching His word to the world through His servants, He Himself would call upon the wicked through the “voice of thunderings, and by the voice of tempests, and by the voice of earthquakes and great hailstorms, and by the voice of famines and pestilences of every kind” (D&C 43:25 ; seevv. 20–27 ). He warned that the testimony of these natural calamities would follow after the testimony of His servants (seeD&C 88:88–91 ;Notes and Commentary on D&C 43:17–25 ;88:87–91 ).
Elder Melvin J. Ballard said he wanted “to call the attention of the Latter-day Saints, and indeed if I had the power, the attention of all the world to the fact that God is speaking through the elements. The earthquakes, the sea heaving itself beyond its bounds, bringing such dire destruction as we have seen are the voice of God crying repentance to this generation, a generation that only in part has heeded the warning voice of the servants of the Lord.” (In Conference Report, Oct. 1923, p. 31.) On 15 July 1860 President Brigham Young said: “‘Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people?’ Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, ‘Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,’ all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands.” (InJournal of Discourses, 8:123.)