My friend also told me that one of Elder Featherstone’s last assignments before becoming emeritus was to work with the Church Correlation Department as part of its executive leadership. It’s the end of the drought! For example, there are [Page 312]several copies of the White Horse Prophecy — a prophecy traditionally credited to Joseph Smith but denounced by the president of the Church, Joseph F. Smith, at the October 1918 General Conference — on the website and many more at the archives.11 To avoid anyone’s thinking the prophecy was legitimate, Church Historian (and future president of the Church) Joseph Fielding Smith marked copies donated to the archives with phrases like “not true,” “not to be accepted,” and “not a word of truth in it.”12 This is an exception.

The darkest clouds in the history of the world are on the horizon.”3. So why would Featherstone have believed the Second Coming was scheduled for the early twenty-first century if it had not come to him by an independent revelation? In most cases, refuted documents are not marked in any way.

Those who will sit in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles are here.”18. Although I do not know the time, I look forward to the Lord’s coming.”26. McConkie also commented on the half-hour period of silence that follows the opening of the seventh seal in Revelation 8. How are the Hymns for the New Hymnbook Being Reviewed? He was often open about these beliefs in a way in which others might have been more cautious. Two months after my release I received a letter from Vaughn J. Featherstone, a General Authority of the Church and President of the Pacific Area. We now have more than 110,000 members of the Church in this area. I consider the claims made about this letter from a recent viral video entitled “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal TIMELINE.” On March 12, 2020, the video “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal TIMELINE” was released on YouTube.1 Six weeks later it had 375,000 views and had made the rounds on various Facebook groups, including one devoted to discussion among seminary teachers. The author expresses his gratitude to John E. Enslen for allowing him access to his personal journal.10. However, in other instances, he points to obscure sources, including an April 1983 letter written by Seventy Vaughn J. Featherstone. Not really. I can see temples in Charlotte, Columbia, Birmingham, Jackson, Nashville, and in Louisiana and Arkansas. We’re called to the harvest, It’s the day of the South!” (Brett D. Dowdle, correspondence with the author, April 30, 2020.)15. Ibid., 49:23.8.

"George Washington's Vision" T his afternoon, as I was sitting at this table engaged in preparing a dispatch, something seem... Millennial Star, 30 April 1853, Volume 15, Pages 273-276, 289-292.

The Atlanta Temple is the first temple in the South. You should be extremely wary of anyone who claims to be an exception to divine decree.27, Though I have questioned the significance Vaughn J. Featherstone’s letter should play into our sense of the nearness of last days events, that does not mean we don’t have reason to prepare and enthusiastically look forward to the Lord’s return. Vaughn J. Featherstone 50 year time capsule letter for the Atlanta GA Temple in 1983 to be opened in 2033 To my beloved fellow saints in the twenty-first century, God bless you. What have other recent general authorities suggested about knowing the timing of the Second Coming? I can see temples in Charlotte, Columbia, Birmingham, Jackson, Nashville, and in Louisiana and Arkansas. Elder Featherstone replied by providing a “slightly revised” copy of the statement, now titled, “Holiness to the Lord.” In this new version, a brief explanatory note was added following the comment that the last prophet was already born or would soon be born: Author’s Note: This could take place deep into the 21st century or in a relatively few years. He started his remarks by reading a passage from the Book of Jeremiah describing the Millennium, when “they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them.”21 Featherstone then said, “It is my conviction that most of you will live to see that day.”22 Montemayor also pointed to this passage as confirmation of Featherstone’s letter.

In most cases, refuted documents are not marked in any way. It would be deposited in a time capsule at the dedication of the Atlanta Georgia Temple presumably, like other Church time capsules, to be opened fifty years later. Russell M. Nelson, “The Future of the Church: Preparing the World for the Savior’s Second Coming,” Ensign, (April 2020), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Klg4aj7C5vk, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/assets?id=3438179d-a8c0-499d-a2cc-82d6a239cef7, https://archive.org/details/conferencereport1918sa/page/56/mode/2up, https://www.fairmormon.org/answers/Joseph_Smith/Prophecies/White_Horse_prophecy, https://catalog.churchofjesuschrist.org/record?id=f7fda731-7fd2-48f6-adb5-ce3236a2b841, https://sites.google.com/site/kieransmissionnotes/quotes-spiritualthoughts-extracts/elder-vaughn-j-featherstone-given-at-the-manti-temple-in-april-1987, https://web.archive.org/web/20000916092439/http://www.ldstemplepage.org/vjfeathr.html, https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/vaughn-j-featherstone/things-wonderful/, https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/gordon-b-hinckley/need-not-fear-coming/, https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/m-russell-ballard/shall-things/, https://www.churchofjesuschrist.org/study/ensign/2020/04/the-future-of-the-church-preparing-the-world-for-the-saviors-second-coming?lang=eng, https://byui-media.ldscdn.org/byui_ft/devo_audio/15_10_2013_Devo.mp3, FAIR Voice Podcast #24: Learning Greek and Hebrew & Sola Scriptura with Robert Boylan, FAIR Voice Podcast #23: Race and the Priesthood with Tarik D. LaCour, Book Review: The Joseph Smith Papers, Documents, Volume 11: September 1842 – February 1843, FAIR Voice Podcast #21: Introduction to the Bible. Donate to us by shopping at Amazon at no extra cost to you. … If anyone were to ask me the day and the hour of the Second Coming, I could only answer that I do not know. FairMormon Questions: How should we respond when we feel men and women are unequal at church? I can affirm the general correctness of this article from my own experience.

In this essay, I examine this document to understand its limitations for the argument Montemayor makes. Many among Montemayor’s audience have come away with the impression that Elder Featherstone’s letter received the official sanction of the Church’s leadership.

So why would Featherstone have believed the Second Coming was scheduled for the early twenty-first century if it had not come to him by an independent revelation? “If the time here mentioned is ‘the Lord’s time’ in which one day is a thousand years, the half hour would be some twenty-one of our years. Elder Maxwell doesn’t know either.

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Millennial Reign, “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal TIMELINE,” YouTube video, 54:00, March 12, 2020. However, in other instances, he points to obscure sources, including an April 1983 letter written by Seventy Vaughn J. Featherstone. He died a couple of years ago.

“If the time here mentioned is ‘the Lord’s time’ in which one day is a thousand years, the half hour would be some twenty-one of our years. endstream endobj startxref Jeremiah 31:34, quoted in Hebrews 8:11. All content by The Interpreter Foundation, unless otherwise specified, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. But while neither I nor any other man knows when He will come, there are some things that I do know — and that knowledge comes from the scriptures, and the testimony of its truth comes by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Another who served in Little Rock, Arkansas, recalls discussing portions of the letter involving “baptisms in the Southern states all throughout my mission from 2000–2002.” The mission even had a song that included a verse stating, “A million will join us! I do not mean to suggest that Featherstone’s letter is a forgery or that it has been repudiated by Church authorities. You who are reading this letter are witnesses to my words. “I believe we are on the very threshold of great trials. On March 12, 2020, the video “7 Year Tribulation in the SEVENTH Seal TIMELINE” was released on YouTube.1 Six weeks later it had 375,000 views and had made the rounds on various Facebook groups, including one devoted to discussion among seminary teachers. In the past, when this letter circulated among the Saints, it was usually to discuss Featherstone’s prophecy of the American South, rather than his statements on the Second Coming. This powerful document predicts the millennial ministry of the Savior and the future success of the Saints’ missionary labors in the American South. So can we use this scientific data to extrapolate that the Second Coming is likely to occur during the next few years, or the next decade, or the next century?

Ibid., video description.9. The fact is that the whole thing is a fabrication.