Signs of the Times from President Packer

I’m finally running Linux full-time and really like playing with the styles and appearance. I found some cool stuff at www.kde-look.org and with the latest beta version of Novell SUSE Linux, I’m pretty happy with how it’s all working.

Today I read about a potential earthquake in California. Whenever I read about these things, I can’t help but think about how prevalent the idea was that “Los Angeles will be an island someday” 20 years ago. I hope if an earthquake of magnitude 6.5 or greater does happen that it’s out in the desert somewhere. I heard on the news the other day that there were a few small tremors in Nephi, Utah, which is only about 20 minutes from my house. Apparently, it could be felt in that area but not much distance from there.

Another thing I read about today was that the police in Spain found a bomb on the tracks between Madrid and Sevilla. When I served as a missionary in Madrid, I lived for a while in Puertollano which is on the same rail line where the bomb was found. I wish I could go back and visit but this kind of stuff is freaky. Sometimes I think it’s only a matter of time before the U.S. starts getting threats like this. I don’t live in fear but I know that things aren’t getting better. It reminds me of what Elder Packer said in his devotional at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at BYU:

And I charge each of you lawyers and judges and put you on alert: These are days of great spiritual danger for this people. The world is spiraling downward at an ever-quickening pace. I am sorry to tell you that it will not get better.

I know of nothing in the history of the Church or in the history of the world to compare with our present circumstances. Nothing happened in Sodom and Gomorrah which exceeds the wickedness and depravity which surrounds us now.

Satan uses every intrigue to disrupt the family. The sacred relationship between man and woman, husband and wife, through which mortal bodies are conceived and life is passed from one generation to the next generation, is being showered with filth.

Profanity, vulgarity, blasphemy, and pornography are broadcast into the homes and minds of the innocent. Unspeakable wickedness, perversion, and abuse—not even exempting little children—once hidden in dark places, now seeks protection from courts and judges.

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