A Feast of Fat Things
Man from Poland, explaining to his
attorney why he wants a divorce
Q: Do you have you any grounds?
A: Yes, an acre and nice house.
Q: No, I mean what is the foundation of this case?
A: It made of concrete.
Q: I don't think you understand. Does you have a real grudge?
A: No, we have carport, and not need one.
Q: Is there any infidelity in your marriage?
A: We have hi-fidelity stereo and good DVD player.
Q: Well, then, does your wife beat you up?
A: No, I always up before her.
Q: Ok, then, can you tell me why you want this divorce?
A: She going to kill me. I got proof!
Q: You do?
A: Yes! She try poison me. She buy bottle at drugstore and put on shelf in bathroom. I
can read. It say: "Polish Remover."
long after 9-11, I
had a missionary
ask me in all
honesty and full of faith, “Elder Holland, are
these the last days?” I saw the earnestness
in his face and some of the fear in his eyes,
and I wanted to be reassuring. I thought
perhaps an arm around him and some
humor could relieve his anxiety a little.
Giving him a hug, I said, “Elder, I may not be
the brightest person alive, but even I know
the name of the Church.”
As the 2nd Coming draws ever
near, are we faithful or
Can we be both?
Elder Holland Continues
When shall Christ appear publicly, triumphantly, and the
Millennium begin? I have already told you that I don’t
know. What I do know is that the initial moments of that
event began 184 years ago.
I do know that as a result of that First Vision and what has
followed it, we live in a time of unprecedented blessings—
blessings given to us for the purpose of living faithfully
and purely so when the
Bridegroom finally and
triumphantly arrives, He can
personally, justifiably bid us to
the wedding feast.
Is there a happy future for you
and your posterity in these
latter days? Absolutely! Most
assuredly you have a beautiful
future. All wedding feasts are
What do we know about the
coming Wedding Feast?
D&C 58 (Isaiah 25)
And also that a feast of fat things might be prepared for the poor;
yea, a feast of fat things, of wine on the lees well refined, that the
earth may know that the mouths of the prophets shall not fail;
Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all
nations shall be invited.
First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble;
And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the
lame, and the blind, and the deaf, come in unto the marriage of the
Lamb, and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great
day to come.
Isaiah 25 Continues
And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the
covering cast over all people, and the veil that is
spread over all nations.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will
wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of
D&C 38:8 shall he take away from off all the earth; for
Butthe shall hath spoken it.day,
the day soon in that that ye shall see me, and
And it be said
know that I am; for the veil of darkness shall soon
Lo, this and God;
be rent,is our he that is not purified shall not abide
the day. have waited for him,
and he will save us;
this is the Lord;
we have waited for him,
we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation
Hymn of Salvation
Therefore shall the strong people glorify thee,
the city of the terrible nations shall fear thee.
For thou hast been a strength to the poor,
a strength to the needy in his distress,
a refuge from the storm,
a shadow from the heat,
when the blast of the terrible ones is as a storm
against the wall.
Elder Neal A.
Some among us, desperately ill, know the loneliness of a hospital room by night when
loved ones have departed or are “sleeping for sorrow” (or unable to “watch”
another “hour” The night magnifies the stillness of the hospital corridors, as these
individuals brush against the veil of death. Even so, whether or not “appointed
unto death” these faithful are in His hands. They can and do know of God, “Yet
thou art there!”
Widows and widowers whose deprivation stretches into years, when the caress of
dimmed memories is insufficient, sometimes sob to see purpose in it all. However,
they will later know moments when the Lord shall “wipe away tears from off all
faces” . Meanwhile, they can truly testify, “Yet thou art there!”
Wives and husbands whose lives are shattered by the betrayal of a deserting spouse
may feel forsaken or drenched by injustice. Yet they, too, can
know, “Thou art there,” by responding to Jesus’ invitation, “Come
unto me, all ye that … are heavy laden”.
Parents, striving to reach and to rescue the truculent teenager,
experiencing disappointment after disappointment and wondering
when it all will end, can be assured, “Yet thou art there!”
To those of you who so suffer and who, nevertheless, so endure
and so testify by the eloquence of your examples, we salute you
in Christ! Please forgive those of us who clumsily try to comfort
you. We know from whence your true comfort comes
[A] Japanese man was not a
Christian prior to meeting the
missionaries. His interest in
the message was modest, but
he continued to study because he enjoyed the association with the
missionaries. The major stumbling block for him was a feeling of
self-sufficiency; he did not understand or feel the need for a Savior.
After receiving the lessons, the seed did not swell within him
because he had not paid the price to receive a personal witness.
The missionaries were perplexed and wondered what they should do.
One day they showed him a film called The Bridge. The film
illustrates the power of Christ's atonement as a father is forced to
choose between saving his son's life or the lives of passengers on a
train. The film clearly underscored the dependence of the
passengers on the father's decision. The young man's thoughts
were provoked, and he could not sleep that night--but still there
was no witness.
The next morning he went to the optician
shop where he served customers needing
eyeglasses. During the day an elderly
woman entered. Her glasses were broken.
He remembered her coming in before, but she had not had sufficient
money to purchase new glasses. On this day she again showed him her
broken spectacles and asked if the money she now had was sufficient. It
was apparent that she was still short of funds. Then a thought came to
him: "I have some money. I can make up the difference." He told her
that her money was enough, took the broken spectacles, and made an
appointment for her return.
When she returned a few days later, the glasses were ready. He handed
them to her and she put them on.
I see! I see!, [she said] Tears streamed down her cheeks in gratitude for her
At that point a burning sensation was felt deep within Manabu's soul as he
was encompassed by the Holy Spirit. As she left, he exclaimed,
"Wakarimasu! Wakarimasu!" [I understand! I understand!]
His eyes and heart were opened as he felt the Savior's love and knew that
there is Someone greater than himself.
I have a theory about those earlier
dispensations and the leaders,
families, and people who lived then
One way or another, I think virtually all of the prophets
and early apostles had their visionary moments of
our time—a view that gave them courage in their
own less-successful eras. Those early brethren knew
an amazing amount about us. Prophets such as
Moses, Nephi, and the brother of Jared saw the
latter days in tremendously detailed vision.
Some of what they saw wasn’t pleasing, but surely all
those earlier generations took heart from knowing
that there would finally be one dispensation that
would not fail.
Elder Holland Continues
Ours, not theirs, was the day that gave them
“heavenly and joyful anticipations” and
caused them to sing and prophesy of
victory. Ours is the day, collectively
speaking, toward which the prophets
have been looking from the beginning of
time, and those earlier brethren are over
there still cheering us on!
In a very real way, their chance to consider
themselves fully successful depends on
our faithfulness and our victory.
I love the idea of going into the battle of the
last days representing Alma and Abinadi
and what they pled for and representing
Peter and Paul and the sacrifices they
If you can’t get excited about that kind of
assignment in the drama of history, you
can’t get excited!