D&C 133 offers beautiful details about Christ’s coming in glory.

Among them is this description of those who will stand with Christ at that day:

52 And now the year of my redeemed is come; and they shall mention the loving kindness of their Lord, and all that he has bestowed upon them according to his goodness, and according to his loving kindness, forever and ever.

53 In all their afflictions he was afflicted. And the angel of his presence saved them; and in his love, and in his pity, he redeemed them, and bore them, and carried them all the days of old;

They are described as “my redeemed.” Christ has taken ownership of them, and he has brought them into his presence (Ether 3:13).

He appeared to them and made covenants with them. “And the angel of his presence saved them.”

Joseph Smith described how the angel of the Lord’s presence brings salvation in a discourse on John 14 which survives in the form of Willard Richards’ notes:

It is a privilege to view the Son of Man himself, he dwelleth with you & shall be in you, his spirit shall be in you… I will not have you comfortless, I will come to you, abide with you forever, Seal you up to Eternal life.

He that hath my commandments & keepeth them, he it is that loveth me &c.– I will manifest myself to him. if he does not he has not told the truth. I will put promises in your hearts, that will not leave you that will Seal you up… lt is our privilege to pray for & obtain these things.

Woes

The day of the Lord is coming. Only those who know the Lord will remain (D&C 84:98). Christ’s offer to come and comfort us by saving us is not given in vain. We should not trifle with it or ignore it. Anyone, no matter his calling in the Church, who downplays its importance by suggesting it is not essential will inherit the woes pronounced on the pharisees, to whom Christ said:

52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.

If we were wise, we would heed Christ’s voice:

D&C 133:16 Hearken and hear, O ye inhabitants of the earth. Listen, ye elders of my church together, and hear the voice of the Lord; for he calleth upon all men, and he commandeth all men everywhere to repent.

When he comes, Christ will say to many who are not wise:

71 Behold, and lo, there are none to deliver you; for ye obeyed not my voice when I called to you out of the heavens; ye believed not my servants, and when they were sent unto you ye received them not.

We must hear his voice, and we must receive his servants.

Hearing his voice

He spoke to the world by the mouth of Joseph Smith. His voice is in the Book of Mormon. It constitutes a covenant offered by God, and contains his gospel, his rock, and his salvation. His voice is in the revelations given through Joseph. The words of God given through him will not fail nor pass away unfulfilled (D&C 1:38). They are a law unto us, and abiding by them will save us (D&C 42:59-60). His voice speaks through the Holy Spirit. To  heed his word is to partake of the bread of life (John 6). The Holy Ghost will tell us all things what we should do (2 Nephi 32).

If we believe the commandments given through Joseph Smith can be invalidated by the words of his successors, we fail to obey God’s voice. If we look to handbooks, manuals, and other man-made guidelines (written and unwritten) for the rules by which we build up the Church,  rather than the Book of Mormon, we fail to obey God’s voice (D&C 18:3-5). If we profess a belief in the Book of Mormon but do not do what it says, we fail to obey God’s voice. If we believe God’s words spoken in the past are subject to those of current Church leaders because of their high calling, we fail to obey his voice.

Receiving his servants

God sends servants to invite others to come unto him. He gives them specific commandments to fulfil, and those commandments constitute their authority (D&C 1:6). They are prophets. They are ordained by God himself, and called by his own voice (JST Genesis 14). They have entered into his rest, which is the fulness of his glory, and teach his commandments that others might also enter into his rest (Alma 13:6). They will never claim that one can be saved without knowing Christ. They will teach that this blessing is available in mortality because God is no respecter of persons.

If God sends a messenger, and we ignore him because he holds no position in our preferred religious hierarchy, we have failed to receive God’s servants. If God sends a messenger, and we ignore him because he has been cast out of our Church, we have failed to receive God’s servants. If God sends a messenger preaching repentance, and we listen with rapt attention without repenting, we have failed to receive God’s servants. If God sends a messenger, but we ignore him because his message was too harsh, too condemning, not uplifting enough, too judgmental,  too offensive, and causes us pain in our hearts, we have failed to receive God’s servants. If we accept men as servants because of their position in a religious institution, or because of the grand titles applied to them, or because we feel good when they speak (though their words contradict the scriptures), we have failed to receive God’s servants.

Two ways

If we abide the day of Christ’s coming, it will be because we have received his servants, repented, kept his commandments, and come to know him personally.

If we do not, it will be because we have failed to receive his servants, have not heard and obeyed his voice, and therefore remain estranged from him.

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