Dumfounded by how lost Bruce Jenner is in his gender confusion after three marriages and producing six children, capped with the Planned Parenthood’s abortion scandals and the Military Recruiting Station being attacked, my emotions are just all over the place. Trying to bridle those feelings in an effort to see things as they really are while keeping the blood from shooting out of my eyes over the seeming hardness of heart in Barack Hussein Obama and his administration has not been easy.
As I work through my shock and feelings of deep disbelief my mind is caught up into Moses 7:28 in the Pearl of Great Price.
How is it that the heavens weep, and shed forth their tears as the rain upon the mountains?
Then I go back to read a talk given in 1974, titled Unchanging Principles of Leadership and quote Wendell J. Ashton:
In 1900 only 4 percent of the college-age group attended college. Now it is 40 percent. A national business magazine notes that “it is estimated at the present time that an engineering degree represents knowledge that becomes obsolete after ten years. Changes are coming so fast that degrees will soon be out of date after five years. …” Another publication reports that 80 percent of the jobs in the future will require less than four years in college, but will demand vocational-technical education for skills such as those of carpenters, auto mechanics, secretaries, and salesmen.
A book, The Year 2000, talks about some of the developments likely ahead for you: mining and farming on the ocean floors, three-dimensional photography, artificial moons for lighting large areas at night, and many others.
Even more sobering, though, are thoughts regarding other changes that some say are ahead: the phasing out of family life and of the moral code that helped make this and other nations great.
Seriously. That was 41 years ago. Look where we are with today’s Planned Parenthood Abortion Crunch Parts/Lamborghini scandal. I totally understand how the Heavens weep.
In 1985 I well remember the words from renowned heart surgeon, Russell M. Nelson in his talk, Reverence For Life:
…For years I have labored with other doctors here and abroad, struggling to prolong life. It is impossible to describe the grief a physician feels when the life of a patient is lost. Can anyone imagine how we feel when life is destroyed at its roots, as though it were a thing of naught?
What sense of inconsistency can allow people to grieve for their dead, yet be calloused to this baleful war being waged on life at the time of its silent development? What logic would encourage efforts to preserve the life of a critically ill twelve-week-old infant, but countenance the termination of another life twelve weeks after inception? More attention is seemingly focused on the fate of a life at some penitentiary’s death row than on the millions totally deprived of life’s opportunity through such odious carnage before birth.
…It is not a question of when “meaningful life” begins or when the spirit “quickens” the body. In the biological sciences, it is known that life begins when two germ cells unite to become one cell, bringing together twenty-three chromosomes from both the father and from the mother. These chromosomes contain thousands of genes. In a marvelous process involving a combination of genetic coding by which all the basic human characteristics of the unborn person are established, a new DNA complex is formed. A continuum of growth results in a new human being. The onset of life is not a debatable issue, but a fact of science.
And then I know that all of what is happening is a sign of the last days or possibly it is the beginning of sorrows as M. Russell Ballard discusses in his talk The Joy of Hope Fulfilled:
Brothers and sisters, whether or not these are indeed the last days or even “the beginning of sorrows” as the Savior foretold, some of us may find our lives laden with frustration, disappointment, and sorrow. Many feel helpless to deal with the chaos that seems to prevail in the world.
My message to you today, my brothers and sisters, is simply this: the Lord is in control. He knows the end from the beginning. He has given us adequate instruction that, if followed, will see us safely through any crisis. His purposes will be fulfilled, and someday we will understand the eternal reasons for all of these events. Therefore, today we must be careful to not overreact, nor should we be caught up in extreme preparations; but what we must do is keep the commandments of God and never lose hope!
Indeed the Lord is in control. And He has wept for us all and He can, He will, wipe away all tears.