The return of Christ has been prophesied for millennia. It is therefore easy to begin to doubt or scoff at the thought of an imminent second coming. I’m grateful for the coming forth of The Book of Mormon because the coming forth of the book serves as a concrete sign that the savior will soon return:
“2 And ye may know that the words of the Lord, which have been spoken by the holy prophets, shall all be fulfilled; and ye need not say that the Lord delays his coming unto the children of Israel.
3 And ye need not imagine in your hearts that the words which have been spoken are vain, for behold, the Lord will remember his covenant which he hath made unto his people of the house of Israel.”
Those early members of the Church took these promises to heart and labored under the sure belief that Christ would appear. They saw themselves as agents fulliling prophecy and building God’s kingdom. I fear that we have lost some of that millennial zeal. Because the restoration seems so far in the past, we have become complacent with our selves and with society. But we must never forget that we are not meant to be comfortable in the world, but to change the world and prepare it for the return of its true lord and king.