The Book of Mormon uses the term “ripening” to describe what happens to a righteous people when they begin to forget God and turn to wickedness.
For as their laws and their governments were established by the voice of the people, and they who chose evil were more numerous than they who chose good, therefore they were ripening for destruction, for the laws had become corrupted. Helaman 5:2
Those who believe the Book of Mormon to be the revealed word of God are concerned that this great Gentile nation, the promised land—America, is in peril.
As a nation, are we at a tipping point, are those who choose evil more numerous than those who choose good?
I don’t know the answer to this question with certainty, but as I take in the daily news, and consider T.V. and movie entertainment, I worry. When I turn my attention to the political landscape and listen to the discourse of our nations appointed and elected leaders, I cringe.
My hope for the future brightens a little when I consider the state of the church. I wish I could be more enthused about the state of the church, but at least I feel lifted by what I see, but just not as much as I would like. There are a lot of wonderful, dedicated, and good people in the church.
However, there is apostasy and discontent evident. The newspaper is reporting that some church members are losing their faith and asking that their names be removed from church records. I don’t recall that happening before. There is a small, but vocal group of church members who insist it is time to extend the priesthood to the sisters. This weekend their calling for a boycott on dresses to protest the way the prophets are leading the church. They want to wear the pants, they want a different kind of church, they want to lead.
What am I going to do in this day of peril? I’m going to enjoy the guidance of the Spirit, and encourage others to do the same. I’m watching as the signs of the times unfold, and doing what I can to prepare for the second coming of Christ.
Seek the face of the Lord always, that in patience ye may possess your souls, and ye shall have eternal life. D&C 101:38