Day 19: March 14
And as He went out from the temple, one of His disciples says to Him, Teacher, see what manner of stones and what manner of buildings are here! And Jesus answering said to him, See thou these great buildings? There shall not be left a stone on a stone, which shall not be undone. And as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked Him by themselves, Tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign when all these things shall be fulfilled? And Jesus answering them began to say, Look, unless anyone deceives you; for many shall come in My name, saying, I am. And they shall deceive many. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, be ye not alarmed; for it must be; but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be earthquakes in various places, and there shall be famines and disturbances; these are the beginnings of griefs. (Mark 13:1-8)
There are two evil religious principles into which every church in course of time degenerates, one that adulterates its goods, and the other that falsifies its truths. That which adulterates the goods of the church springs from the love of rule, and that which falsifies the truths of the church springs from the conceit of self- intelligence. (Doctrine of Faith 49)
Jesus spoke about the destruction of the Temple as a parable of the spiritual destruction of the church. All churches, because they are made up of people, are subject to corruption. Can you times where you have let conceit in your own ideas, or your desire to control others interfere with being part of the Lord’s church?