Monday, February 25, 2013


Final Messages from Leaders in the Scriptures
Class by President Scott Stevenson
Clues in the scriptures that something important is coming:

·         “And thus we see…”  followed by (usually) Mormon’s observation and emphasis regarding what is to be learned from the Nephite experience.  (See Heleman 3:25-30 for example)
·         The final opportunity for a leader to speak to the people or to their successor prior to release or death (“The Last Sermon”).

Typical Elements of The Last Sermon:
  • Expression of love and confidence, together with an accounting of the leader’s stewardship.    Warning, exhortation, doctrine, instruction 
  • Testimony of Christ and the Plan of Happiness.
  • Final blessing.  (Elder Holland taught that an Apostle’s responsibility is to bear testimony of the Savior and bless – listen for Apostolic Blessings in General Conference and when the Brethren speak.  Usually, the presiding authority will include a blessing in his remarks.)

Look for these elements and consider their immediate and lasting impact as you study Last Sermons, including the following:

·         Paul:  Acts 20

·         Nephi:  2 Ne 31-33

·         King Benjamin: Mosiah 2-5

·         Jesus Christ: John 13-17

·         Moroni:  Mormon 8-9; Moroni 10

·         Abinidi: Mosiah 12-16

·         Amaleki:  Omni 1:23-26

These strong final messages are not limited to the ancient prophets, but continue today at all levels of Church service.

Elder Bruce R. Mcconkie delivers a messaged titled "The Purifying Power of Gethsemane"


(Watch the whole 16 minute talk or skip to 14:02 and listen for the testimony and blessing element.)