This article is too long to quote in its entirety here, and you can read it at this link. Thank you Carolyn for sharing this with me, I missed it when it was published.
In a recent address at a fireside at BYU-Idaho, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles discussed the fulfillment of prophecies regarding the last days. He pointed out to the students that they can “inoculate themselves against spiritual indifference via a zealous study of revealed truth.” He quoted passages from Matthew 24, 2 Nephi 28, and Mormon 8, establishing that the ancient prophecies of the last days are not just being fulfilled but are coming to pass at an accelerated rate.
He stated: “We're in the last days — you can quote me on that. And it is moving more rapidly."
"I have to say to you," Elder Ballard said, "there are not very many people in the world who understand where we came from, the real purpose why we're here and where we're entitled to go if we seek out and strive to know those things that are eternally important.”
This is an important article that needs to be shared with your families. It was published in the Church News, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2010, and you can read it completely at this link.