Artwork by Brent Borup

"Wherefore, I command you to repent, and keep the commandments which you have received by the hand of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., in my name; And it is by my almighty power that you have received them; Therefore I command you to repent—repent, lest I smite you by the rod of my mouth, and by my wrath, and by my anger, and your sufferings be sore—how sore you know not, how exquisite you know not, yea, how hard to bear you know not. For behold, I, God, have suffered these things for all, that they might not suffer if they would repent; But if they would not repent they must suffer even as I; Which suffering caused myself, even God, the greatest of all, to tremble because of pain, and to bleed at every pore, and to suffer both body and spirit."
Doctrine and Covenants 19:13-18

The Stars Fall

No more time for proving, no more time to change,
The time is passed and now at last, our lives are rearranged.
The stars fall from heaven and make our world new,
The wrath of God upon us, both the wicked and the true.
Our eyes look upward as our world is undone,
Some amazed, some shaken, some looking for the Son.
No more time for sinning, no more time for pain,
The stars fall from heaven like the pounding of the rain.

The Sun is now darkened, a witness of the end,
The moon red with anger for a world full of sin.
No more time for changing for now that time has passed,
Our world sees the anger of our dear God at last.
The earth shakes to silence all those who defied their God,
The faithful stand with peace and hold the iron rod.
The oceans rise upward and wash away the proud,
The sound of thunder rumbles a testimony loud.
No more time for hurting the innocent and pure,
For their God will save them and make their future sure.

The stars fall from heaven and our world is made new,
The arrogant are silenced by our Savior just and true.
No more time for sinning, no more time to fight,
The war has passed and now last, we will see the light.
We hear the sound of the trumpet announcing our Heavenly King!
We look to see Him returning and with the angels sing!
And the tears fall from our eyes as our world is made new,
No longer stained by darkness but full of light and truth.
The innocent who suffered now find a perfect joy,
Their God gives them happiness that no man can destroy.
And our Father looks down and smiles from above,
Grateful for His perfect Son who saved the repentant with love!

Written by Michelene Glasson

Independece Day!

In Doctrine and Covenants 29:14 we read; "But, behold, I say unto you that before this great day shall come the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall be turned into blood, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and there shall be greater signs in heaven above and in the earth beneath; And there shall be weeping and wailing among the hosts of men." In Malichi 4:1 we read; "For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch." These are only a couple of verses of warning sent from God to us. Clearly there will be a day of independence for this world. A day when the guilty pay and the innocent will be freed from suffering and pain. I pray each of us will heed the warnings of our God and live our lives in obedience to His laws, that we can abide His return. I testify that God loves each of us and wants us to repent and set our lives in order. Let us not procrastinate until at last it is to late. Let us listen to and follow the counsel of Amulek; "I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed. Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis, that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world."

I am grateful for Neal A. Maxwell, he is a valiant beloved apostle of God! His testimony of our beloved Redeemer Jesus Christ is beautiful! I am grateful for my Heavenly King who created this earth and was born here to save us all. I am grateful for the atonement that creates a miracle in each soul that repents. I know that because Jesus Christ broke the bands of death we will all live again. My eyes look upward with joy as I wait for the return of my Savior and friend. I hope each of us will live for the day of independence that He will bring when He returns. May we truly seek to sanctify ourselves by repenting and turning to our Savior Jesus Christ with full purpose of heart I pray.

The millennial day will be a beautiful day of peace and rest for the righteous! I have included the lyrics to this beautiful hymn. Enjoy!:)

Lyrics

1. The day dawn is breaking, the world is awaking,
The clouds of night's darkness are fleeing away.
The worldwide commotion, from ocean to ocean,
Now heralds the time of the beautiful day.

2. In many a temple the Saints will assemble
And labor as saviors of dear ones away.
Then happy reunion and sweetest communion
We'll have with our friends in the beautiful day.

(Chorus)
Beautiful day of peace and rest,
Bright be thy dawn from east to west.
Hail to thine earliest welcome ray,
Beautiful, bright, millennial day.

3. Still let us be doing, our lessons reviewing,
Which God has revealed for our walk in his way;
And then, wondrous story, the Lord in his glory
Will come in his pow'r in the beautiful day.

4. Then pure and supernal, our friendship eternal,
With Jesus we'll live, and his counsels obey
Until ev'ry nation will join in salvation
And worship the Lord of the beautiful day.

(Chorus)
Beautiful day of peace and rest,
Bright be thy dawn from east to west.
Hail to thine earliest welcome ray,
Beautiful, bright, millennial day.

Text: Joseph L. Townsend, 1849-1942
Music: William Clayson, 1840-1887