The Sifiting

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It came up recently in a Facebook group discussion, someone asked when we think we might begin to see the sifting of the wheat from the tares described in the scriptures in the last days.  The sifting has been so obviously happening over the past year or so that I hardly knew how to answer, so I just said that I’ve been seeing it happening all over the church.  Several people asked me for more specifics.  Where do I even begin…

First of all, most of us are led away so subtly by the adversary there’s no way to tell how or when it happens exactly. I have frequently seen hearts turn cold and people go their way.

I’ve seen many people challenged since the church posted on lds.org about the history of polygamy in the church.  They have felt its either new information, or information that has been hidden, because it wasn’t talked about in their families growing up.  That is truly sad for them.  I assure you, none of it has been hidden.  I have researched the subject extensively and the truth of it is almost as easy to come by as the untruths.  If the subject makes you uncomfortable, search, ponder, and pray.  That’s what I did.  All is well.

We have seen several amazing women leave the church (and their families with them) over the Ordain Women ordeals.

Denver Snuffer has lead many away by appealing to those who want the blessings of the gospel without any of the sacrifice.

As persecution has risen (and will continue to rise) many have been stifled by their own inability to answer tough questions and defend their own faith.

Pornography addiction has drowned many souls and torn apart many families, hardening hearts all over the place.

Many have become very comfortable in the modern church.  It has become a place to visit with friends, to talk about the worldly things of life, to show off their fancy hair and clothes and jewelry, its become a group of people to plan home sales parties with and a place to find popularity with the in-crowd (yes, sadly there are many wards with cliques).  Once church ceases to be a comfortable place with nice buildings and parties with food and abundance and once we’re living in the dirt and we’re all equal and lowly, these people are going to have a very difficult time.  Probably the difficulties will start once our prophet asks something of us which requires a good amount of faith.

These examples are enough because I am not speaking to or about the TARES.

I am all about the wheat!

The greatest thing about the whole plan is there is still time to CHOOSE which you would like to be!

No matter who you are, what your past is, what mistakes you made today, how far you are from being the person you’d like to be, how unprepared you are to meet Christ, you can be wheat if you choose to be.

Here is the greatest part. As much as I’ve seen people weaken and fall away, I’ve seen even MORE new sheep come into the flock, and lost sheep return!  Is no one else seeing inactives come back to church in droves?  I am seeing it in a huge way!  Not only that, but the strong members are getting stronger!  We are all growing spiritually at a rapid rate.  Some speculate it will take many years after the tribulation for Christ to return because it will take a very long time for us to become ready for him.  I respectfully disagree.  The growth going on is so rapid that especially once we’re thrown into tribulation (which will be the most refining experience we could have) we will catapult spiritually right to Christ’s feet.  We are THAT awesome!

A woman the other day told me that she sat by her grandfather’s side as he passed away and the last thing he said was, “I am not a perfect man, but I am good enough.”

That is true for any of us from the moment we choose to be “good enough.”  I promise you, Christ has already made up the part that you cannot. All we can ever be is good enough, it is in and through Him that we become perfect.

We’re playing the final inning of the game and we already know who wins.  You have been given the opportunity to join the winning team, and receive joy and glory forever, or the losing team.  What’ll it be?

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