Sleeping Through the Restoration


Elder Uchtdorf opened one of his talks by discussing the story of rip van winkle, which is a story of a man who sleeps through his life, and misses an incredible period of time. He then followed up this story by asking each of us whether we are sleeping through the restoration. We live in an incredible period of time in regards to the church, and I feel that it would be such a shame to miss out on the wonderful developments occurring in our world and church simply because we are too busy, or worse because we think we have it all figured out already.

Elder Uchtdorf stated that “Sometimes we think of the Restoration of the gospel as something that is complete, already behind us— Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon, he received priesthood keys, the Church was organized. In reality, the Restoration is an ongoing process; we are living in it right now. It includes “all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal,” and the “many great and important things” that “He will yet reveal.”

Do we forget this sometimes? Do we settle in with perhaps too much self-security feeling that we have every answer to every question, while we may be missing out on the fact that this is a true and LIVING church which is growing as we speak? Truth is being revealed, and we are to be in the middle of this process. What a wonderful time for us to live. My hope is that we won’t sleep through it.


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