I got to teach EQ last week. It was lesson 24 in the WW manual on the Second Coming. Two things grabbed my attention. One is that the editors selected four paragraphs in which President Woodruff says, “the signs in the heaveans and the earth all indicate that his coming is near.” Or something very similar to that, but it never says what those signs are. Hooray for vain repetition! I blame the editors.

Secondly it seems to me from reading the lesson repeatedly that the point of talking about the Second Coming is often to scare people. Watch out! The Second Coming could happen tomorrow! You’d better be good!

Admittedly it seems that this topic comes up less and less recently, but when we do talk about it is there a way to do so without resorting to fear as a motivating tool? Is there really anything that such discourse would cause us to do that we shouldn’t be doing anyhow even without any thought of the Second Coming?

Finally, the first quote of the lesson that is attributed to President Woodruff is, “I would live as if it were to be tomorrow—but I am still planting cherry trees!” Does this imply that we won’t plant cherry trees after the Second Coming? Because I like cherries.