Silence in heaven, apostasy, and sacred things

The scriptures say that there was silence in heaven for the space of half an hour in the book of revelation. Before Christ came to the Nephites, there was a general apostasy of the church, for it was the high priests of the church and the lawyers who renewed the plans of Gadianton and overthrew the government. It was not an apostasy of the prophet, it was an large scale apostasy of the local leadership.

When the scriptures promise silence in heaven for the space of half an hour before the coming of Christ, one wonders whether there will again be a general apostasy of the local leadership.

I have been in two wards where there were too few youth to pass the sacrament, and so I found myself passing it. I have had two different Bishops say that at least 20% of their ward was addicted to pornography, and I think that is probably a decent ballpark number for the days we live in. I never tried to pick out who did and who did not take the sacrament, but I still would have noticed if either 20% of either ward was not taking it or was simply showing up late. That is 1 out of every 5 people, after all. Even 1 out of every 10 would have been extremely noticeable even if you were trying not to notice.

But no, only a single man would turn down the tray each week. I do not recall who he was, nor did I seek to identify him. But I do know that, week after week, there was only one. Every once in a while, there may have been a second man.

What does this mean?

It is scary. It means that our local leaders are not preventing people who partake of lots of pornography consistently from taking the sacrament, and thus almost certainly not from attending the temple either.

I do now know what the future holds. But I know that this is deadly territory.

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