Here is a fairly accurate transcript of a recent conversation I had:
Friend A: I think I’m going to visit Jerusalem this year.
Me: That sounds fun. I’ve always wanted to go. I asked my Dad if he wanted to go with me and he said he thought the Second Coming was too near so it wouldn’t be safe.
Friend A: Your dad doesn’t think he’s righteous enough to be taken up into heaven?
Me: Mormons don’t believe in twinkling.
Friend A: You mean you don’t believe in Revelations?
Friend B (studying to be a Priest): Maybe they just believe that it’s more metaphorical.
Friend B: Or maybe they think John the Revelator was crazy.
Everyone laughs and smiles–thinking to themselves: “yeah I’ve thought that before…”
So honestly, I don’t pay a lot of attention to the four horses of the apocalypse (or horsemen? or horsewomen?) And frankly, I don’t really find end times prophecy to be so relevant to my daily life, so I usually just don’t pay attention. But I kind of felt like I let Mormonism down. I felt like I should be able to explain WHY we don’t believe that all the righteous will be taken up into heaven and spared the horrors of armageddon. I should be able to defend my non-twinkling stance, but I can’t. What should I have said?