“Signs of the Second Coming are all around us and seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity.While we are powerless to alter the fact of the Second Coming and unable to know its exact time, we can accelerate our own preparation and try to influence the preparation of those around us.We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming." Dallin H. Oaks, Preparation for the Second Coming, May 2004 Ensign
2011 was costliest year in world disasters
By Doyle Rice, USA TODAY
Jan. 4, 2012
The USA had company as it suffered through devastating weather and climate disasters
in 2011. The entire world endured its costliest year ever for losses from natural disasters at more than a third of a trillion dollars in damage, according to a report released Wednesday.....
“Change is also accelerating in the world around us.....(and) much of the acceleration in the world is in troubles long prophesied for the last days. Each time you watch the evening news, you see stark evidence of that....The giant earthquake, and the tsunamis it sent crashing into the coasts around the Indian Ocean,is just the beginning and a part of what is to come, terrible as it was. “Raise the Bar”, January 25, 2005.