Tonight, an interesting thought came to me: If Christ were to show up on my doorstep and spend the afternoon with me, what would we talk about? He’d want to sit, listen, and hear about what I’ve been doing recently that excites me. What would I tell Him? Would I be able to look through my life and find a topic about which I could talk endlessly, forgetting that I sat in the presence of God, and expound on the intricacies of the topic? What topic, as I describe it, would fill me with joy and exuberance to be talking about it?
As I pondered this and expressed this idea to my spouse, I found an answer. And as I considered it, my soul was filled with light as I thought of how excited I get when I talk about this subject, and how I revel in its complexities and delight in the challenges it presents.
And I felt God smiling down on me, and knew that He would love to sit and hear me out. And I know it would be foolish, for there is nothing I know that He does not; He’s the one who probably inspired me with these ideas in the first place. But He loves to hear us prattle on about how we take joy in filling the measure of our creation.
Do you know what you’d talk about? And if you do know, is that what you spend your time doing?
Behold, I will reveal unto you the Priesthood, by the hand of Elijah the prophet, before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. And he shall plant in the hearts of the children the promises made to the fathers, and the hearts of the children shall turn to their fathers. If it were not so, the whole earth would be utterly wasted at his coming. (Joseph Smith–History 1:38-39)
Has Elijah revealed the Priesthood to you? Has he come to you? Has he planted in your heart the promises made to the fathers? Has your heart turned to your fathers?
If not, then this prophecy has not yet been fulfilled.
Elijah was an elias; he was a messenger sent to prepare the way for those who would follow. You need your own elias. Someone must come to you and plant in your heart the promises made to the fathers. Someone must prepare the way for you. And after this happens, it will be up to you to let this tiny seed find purchase in the soil of your heart. It will be up to you to nourish this tender hope until it becomes in you a mighty tree of everlasting life.
Seek the promises made to the fathers, and after you have found them, seek the fathers. Let your heart turn to them, so that you can learn of them and be partakers of the same glory to which they have ascended. Such is our purpose.