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April 6, 2020

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Bob SeegmillerMarch 20, 2020

Um, as a resident of the “ring of fire”, “earthquakes in diverse places” has a more pedestrian quality to it for most of us. The small to moderate ones are good, releasing tension in the accumulated stress of the plates of the earth. We notice them, comment to those nearby, and help calm nervous newbies to the area. Without earth movement, we wouldn’t have our continents, our mountains, our valleys, our plains, the spectacular layers of sedimentation exposed as they are in places, nor would we have rivers, waterfalls, bays, and shorelines. The earth is a pretty incredible place, as is our place around our beautiful star, the sun, our neighboring and familiar planets, and all those stars and galaxies. The bigger earthquakes? Inevitable, but being prepared helps. While not wanting to downplay too much the awe over the your local and mostly quiet Wasatch Fault, earthquakes are nonetheless only one more bit of evidence in the world, from green plants, oxygen in our atmosphere, to mountains, clouds, air movement, weather, that this is a truly remarkable creation we live in.

Ronnie Aubrey-BrayMarch 20, 2020

Interesting how earthquakes close to one's home turn some minds to the end times, but the daily reports of earthquakes across the earth do not do the same. Worrying about the Parousia is fruitless unless it leads us to conform our lives to the Saviour's. The Lord will come when God will is. The requirements mentioned by Joseph have not yet been fulfilled. “The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.” With joy and anticipation the Saints look forward to that great day, but foir now we have work to do.

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