The Harvest Is Over

The prophet Jeremiah lamented the suffering his people were enduring because they had turned away from God and failed to repent. “Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people,” he said, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:19-20).

The Lord used the same language in 1831, as a warning to the ungenerous wealthy:

Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls; and this shall be your lamentation in the day of visitation, and of judgment, and of indignation: The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!

Doctrine and Covenants 56:16

Seasons change. Night follows day whether we want it to or not. All that we can control is how we spend the time we have. That’s why the apostle Paul counseled members of the church, “Exhort one another daily, while it is called To day” (Hebrews 3:13). That’s also why Amulek said, “This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors” (Alma 34:32). None of us knows when the opportunities available to us now will disappear. If we are to avoid a lot of regret, we need to learn to act on those opportunities quickly and avoid postponing them.

Today, I will remember Jeremiah’s sorrow for his people. I will remember the importance of taking action today, so that I don’t miss important opportunities to serve others, to repent, and to become more like God.

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  1. You can only pray for other sinners and only repent for your sins! So what happens when many people are accusing you of others sins and punishing your family and yourself!
    I read God is Love and
    Love holds no records of wrongs!
    New Testament I think John and
    1 Corinthians 13:5(?)
    So if I submitted to my husband as to the Lord than why is it I am being punished for a
    16 year old prostitue whom was severely sexually abused as a child, a married male whom raped his step son, wife and had his side action, and many other people? I was raised in a church and taught Jesus died on the cross
    (a real one) so we all could live!!


    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It sounds like you are going through a horrible experience right now. Although I don’t know why you are being accused of things you did not do, I do agree with your understanding of the scriptures: God is love, and love keeps no record of wrongs, or as the King James Version and Mormon say, “thinketh no evil.” It is hard not to think evil of others when they are being unkind to us, but that is exactly what Jesus taught us to do. “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” The Savior set the example for us, enduring unfathomable suffering even though He had done nothing wrong.
      If you or someone you know is being abused or is in danger, please get help. God does not want any of us to endure unnecessary pain. But please don’t let bitterness or anger take root in your heart. Replace them with love. That is the meaning of the cross. We can respond to evil with good. Jesus has shown the way, and He will help us.
      I hope and pray that you will find light at the end of this tunnel. I believe that God will send help as you turn your heart to Him and strive to follow Him.


      1. Jesus Christ only suffered a little while with beatings. Than they say about 9 hours on the cross and he already was dead when they speared him and his blood spilled.
        I do not recall reading how Jesus suffered rapes and beatings almost entire life with
        last 6 1/2 years over 10,000 rapes! Does it say anything regarding this in your book?


        1. It sounds like you have gone through, and may still be going through, a horrific experience. Please know that help is available. I urge you to take one or more of the following actions today:
          1. If the abuse is ongoing and you are in the US, call 911
          2. Call, text, or chat with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233),
          3. Reach out to a church leader
          4. Ask a trusted friend or relative for help
          You are not alone. People are willing to help. Please take the step of asking for the help you need.


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