170 years ago today - Apr 2, 1854

Jedediah M. Grant, counselor in the First Presidency, instructed elders to look "for some flaming sword unsheathed" in the heavens or other special signs to "dismiss their fears, and dispense with all their anxiety" for the final events were "rushing upon the astonished world with such velocity, as to exceed even our most sanguine expectations." Children would live to raise the dead. In no more than fifty years, [1854+50=1904] everyone in the congregations would have been borne aloft to meet Christ. And Apostle George A. Smith warned the world that "the day of the Lord is near . . . and we should watch for the coming of the Son of Man."

[Grant, 2 April 1854, Journal of Discourses, 2:145, in The Last Days and December 1890 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ, y George D. Speer Sr., privately circulated]

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