I SOON GO THE WAY OF ALL FLESH.Final Messages from Leaders in the Scriptures
Class by President Scott Stevenson
· “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.Video:
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.)