Second Coming

There will be here and there a stake for the gathering of the Saints. Some may have cried “Peace!” but the Saints and the world will have little peace from henceforth. Let this not hinder us from going to the stakes, for God has told us to flee, not dallying, or we shall be scattered, one here, another there. There your children shall be blessed, and you [shall be] in the midst of friends where you may be blessed. The gospel net gathers of every kind. I prophesy that the man who tarries after he has an opportunity of going will be afflicted by the Devil. Wars are at hand; we must not delay. . . .We ought to have the building up of Zion as our greatest object. When wars come we shall have to flee to Zion. The cry is to make haste. The last revelation says, “Ye shall not have time to have gone over the earth until these things come” [cf. Matt. 10:23]. It will come as did the cholera-war, fires burning, earthquake, one pestilence after another.

Joseph Smith  |  Discourse of summer of 1839, recorded in Willard Richards’ “Pocket Companion;” WJS, p. 11