MISSIONARIES: Will the missionaries be called home prior to calamities in the last days? Will missionaries reach every nation, kindred, tongue and people before the great calamities begin?
We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come, we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth, until these things come. It will come as did the cholera, war, fires, and earthquakes; one pestilence after another, until the Ancient of Days comes, then judgment will be given to the Saints. . . . The time is soon coming, when no man will have any peace but in Zion and her stakes. 1
Do you think there is calamity abroad now among the people? Not much. All we have yet heard and all we have experienced is scarcely a preface to the sermon that is going to be preached. When the testimony of the Elders ceases to be given, and the Lord says to them, “Come home; I will now preach my own sermons to the nations of the earth,” all you now know can scarcely be called a preface to the sermon that will be preached with fire and sword, tempests, earthquakes, hail, rain, thunders and lightnings, and fearful destruction. What matters the destruction of a few railway cars? You will hear of magnificent cities, now idolized by the people, sinking in the earth, entombing the inhabitants. The sea will heave itself beyond its bounds, engulfing mighty cities. Famine will spread over the nations, and nation will rise up against nation, kingdom against kingdom, and states against states, in our own country and in foreign lands. (Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 8, p. 123, July 15, 1860 – Read entire discourse)
Sister Amanda H. Wilcox recorded President Heber C. Kimball as saying:
The judgments of God will be poured out upon the wicked to the extent that our elders from far and near will be called home. Or, in other words, the gospel will be taken from the Gentiles and later on will be carried to the Jews. The western boundaries of the State of Missouri will be swept so clean of its inhabitants that as President Young tells us, ‘when we return to that place there will not be as much as a yellow dog to wag his tail.’ “Before that day comes, however, the Saints will be put to the test that will try the very best of them. “The pressure will become so great that the righteous among us will cry unto the Lord day and night until deliverance comes. . . . “Then is the time to look out for the great sieve, for there will be a great sifting time, and many will fall.” (Reported by Amanda H. Wilcox, Prophetic Sayings of Heber C. Kimball to Sister Amanda H. Wilcox quoted by J. Golden Kimball in Conference October 1930, Deseret News, Church Department, May 23, 1931, p. 3)
When God has called out the righteous, when the warning voice has been sufficiently proclaimed among tile Gentile nations, and the Lord says, “It is enough,” he will also say to his servants—”O, ye, my servants, come home, come out from the midst of these Gentile nations, where you have labored and borne testimony for so long a period; come out from among them, for they are not worthy; they do not receive the message that I have sent forth, they do not repent of their sins, come out from their midst, their times are fulfilled. Seal up the testimony among them and bind up the law.” (Orson Pratt, Journal of Discourses, Vol. 18, p. 64, July 25, 1875)
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
Joseph Smith – Matthew 1:31
And again, this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world, for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come, or the destruction of the wicked;
- Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, pp. 160-61 ↩