Daniel’s Dream
Which Path Do You Follow?
What determines the difference?
Daniel 2
Thou, o king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great
image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee;
and the form thereof was terrible. This image’s head was
of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and
his thighs of brass. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and
part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out
without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that
were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver,and the gold,
broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff o the
summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away,
that no place was found for them: and the stone that
smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the
whole earth.
Orson Pratt
The nations of modern Europe,
including England, and the
Gentile nations of America,
compose the legs, feet and toes of
the image, while the other portions of
the image will be found mostly among
the Asiatic nations. The geographical
position of the image is from east to
west; its head is found in Asia, and its
toes in Europe and America.
When the kingdom of God is set up, it
must be somewhere near the western
extremity of this great image, for the toes
and feet are first broken by it, and
afterwards all the other portions, from
which we learn that its advancement is from west to east. The progress of the kingdoms
of the world has been from east to west; the progress of the kingdom of God is from west
to east, in a retrograde direction. This stone, according to Daniel 2:45, is to be "cut out of
the mountain without hands." "Cut out of the mountain," signifies its location before any
part of the image is broken.
The present location of the Latter-day Church is in the valleys among the Rocky Mountains:
this appears to be its appropriate position, according to prophecy. The stone is to be "cut
out without hands:" this signifies that it is a kingdom, not formed by the will of man, but by
the will of God; human wisdom has no hand in its formation; it is "the God of heaven" that
sets it up, and by Him it will be sustained and never be destroyed, nor broken to pieces,
nor left to other people.
Elder Bruce R. McConkie
Here we have seen the kingdoms of this
world, kingdoms drenched in blood and held
together by the arm of flesh, one following
another until the set time for the great latter-day
restoration of all things.
Then a stone is cut out of the mountain without hands and
a kingdom is set up by the God of heaven. It is a new
kind of kingdom. The arm of flesh plays no part in its
creation. It is created without man's hand. It comes from
God. It is established by revelation. It is the Church and
kingdom of God on earth." (Millennial Messiah, p131)
D&C 65:2, 5-6
The keys of the kingdom of God
are committed unto man on the
earth, and from thence shall the
gospel roll forth unto the ends of
the earth, as the stone which is
cut out of the mountain without
hands shall roll forth, until it has
filled the whole earth. . . .
Call upon the Lord, that his kingdom may go forth upon the
earth, that the inhabitants thereof may receive it, and be
prepared for the days to come, in the which the Son of
Man shall come down in heaven, clothed in the
brightness of his glory, to meet the kingdom of God
which is set up on the earth. Wherefore, may the
kingdom of God go forth, that the kingdom of heaven
may come. . .
President Benson
"This work will prevail in spite of
all the opposition which might be
mustered against it. This work
will prevail! It will never be thrown down or given
to another people.
God's kingdom has been established upon the
earth for the last time in preparation for the
second coming of the Master. We have the word
of Jesus Christ whose name this Church bears
to that effect." (Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p394)
As the 2nd Coming draws near,
what kind of opposition do you
think Satan will use prevent the
work from going forward?
Elder Holland
I was 17 years old before there was any stake of
Zion anywhere outside North America. There are
now well over 1,000 stakes on those distant
continents and isles of the sea. We now have
125 temples operating or announced, more than
half of which (64) are outside the United States.
Again I was nearly 16 before there was even one
temple beyond the states and provinces of the
USA and Canada.
We have lived to see the revelation extending the priesthood to all worthy
males of appropriate age, a blessing which has accelerated the work
in many parts of the world. We have lived to see the publication of our
scriptures, wholly or in part, in nearly 100 languages. We have lived to
see the long-awaited creation of the Quorums of the Seventy with
great men drawn from many nations and, in turn, deployed to serve in
many nations.
Most recently President Hinckley has announced a Perpetual Education
Fund that has the potential to bless many in even the most distant
locations of the earth eventually. And so the internationalizing of the
Church goes on.
President Hinckley
My brethren and sisters, do you realize what we
have? Do you recognize our place in the
drama of human history? This is
the focal point of all
that has gone before. This
is the season of
restitution. These are the
days of restoration. This is
the time when
men from over the earth come to the
mountain of the Lord’s house to seek and learn of His ways and to walk
in His paths. This is the summation of all of the centuries of time since the
birth of Christ to this present and wonderful day.
The centuries have passed. The latter-day work of the Almighty, that of which the
ancients spoke, that of which the prophets and apostles prophesied, is come.
It is here. For some reason unknown to us, but in the wisdom of God, we
have been privileged to come to earth in this glorious age. There has been a
great flowering of science. There has been a veritable explosion of learning.
This is the greatest of all ages of human endeavor and human accomplishment.
And more importantly, it is the season when God has spoken, when His
Beloved Son has appeared, when the divine priesthood has been restored,
when we hold in our hand another testament of the Son of God. What a
glorious and wonderful day this is.

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