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Signs of the time – getting started

Men and Women are Equal Partners

Men and Women are Equal Partners

I’ve started reading a fascinating book “65 Signs of the Times Leading up to the Second Coming” – David J. Ridges and I thought I might start a series of posts that opens the discussion for them, because I like to go beyond what he highlights in the book, to more of a let’s show examples in the world. Let’s talk about after effects, etc.

The author makes a good point to say this book isn’t written to scare people and uses quotes from prophets to try and set the tone. I’ll probably put these quotes on each of the posts so that we don’t forget and end up getting caught up in the signs. That isn’t what I want to do either.

Gordon B. Hinckley

I do not know what we did in the preexistence to merit the wonderful blessings we enjoy. We have come to earth in this great season in the long history of mankind. It is a marvelous age, the best of all. As we reflect on the the plodding course of mankind from the time of our first parents, we cannot help feeling grateful. ["Living in the Fulness of Times," Ensign, November 2001, p. 4]

Thomas S. Monson

I testify to you that our promised blessings are beyond measure. Though the storm clouds may gather, though the rains may pour down upon us, our knowledge of the gospel and our love of our Heavenly Father and of our Savior will comfort and sustain us and bring joy to our hearts as we walk uprightly and keep the commandments. There will be nothing in this world that can defeat us.

My beloved brothers and sisters, fear not. Be of good cheer. The future is as bright as your faith.

I declare that God lives and that He hears and answers our prayers. His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and our Redeemer. Heaven’s blessings await us. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.[Ensign, May 2009, pp 89-92]

I think the first one I want to discuss, and as a matter of fact isn’t actually one of the 65 listed – but it is most certainly something happening and seemingly getting worse.

Pitting men against women, and women against men

In today’s modern world what are some themes we see? I know, that was a little vague, so let’s refine it a little more. First we each have roles – and this isn’t based on a sexist look, it’s based on prophetic counsel from our Lord through our leaders.

The Family: A Proclamation to the World

By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. [emphasis added]

But what do we see happening? What are some examples in today’s world where men are pitted against women and women against men?

What do we see in today’s political arena, in the media, or maybe in our own circles?

Here’s one example of breaking down roles – I’ve noticed in commercials these days the trend (and I’m sure isn’t necessarily a new concept) that men are portrayed as bumbling fools, they couldn’t do anything without the heroine wife. No, I’m not saying women can’t do anything either – but the portrayal of men as incapable of knowing how to anything I think it pitting women against men (women are the new hero’s men are dumb as rocks). The examples for men spread over the centuries and can be found anywhere.

Doctrine and Covenants 121:39

We have learned by sad experience that it is the anature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little bauthority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise cunrighteous dominion.

So, let’s hear some examples that you can think of? Let’s discuss…

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3 Responses so far.

  1. LaurieBee says:

    I’ve noticed that over the last few years it seems to be “okay” not to take responsibility for your own actions and to rely on the good graces of others to take care of you. More and more people have no idea what it means to be self-reliant. They want things handed to them on a silver platter — and then they want you to wash the platter.

    Maybe I’m just noticing this more now because I’m a Relief Society President who has to deal with everyone else’s problems. But I don’t think so. I really think people seem to have lost the concept of getting things through hard work and determination. They want everyone else to solve all their problems for them. I’ve come to my own conclusion that Satan really doesn’t want us to be self-reliant. He wants us to be dependent on others. Heavenly Father, however, is happy when we work hard and strive to do the right thing.

  2. Nathan says:

    LaurieBee-you are right. it’s called the “Me” generation & it’s prevalent among adults and alarmingly viral among youth and young adults. This not only affects your Relief Society and the church, but can also be easily seen in the political arena today, where Americans seem to want government to take care of them and provide them with their desires. (I said desires, not needs). And thus they become slothful and lazy and an idolatrous people. Signs of the times. Signs of the times.

  3. Helaman says:

    It’s sounding a lot like when they said they wanted a king instead of a judge…

    The people of today want someone else to make all their decisions for them, tell them how to act, what to do with their money…

    Seriously what is wrong with people, are their blinders so big?

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