I had occasion to reflect upon 3 Ne. 11 recently in preparation for a Gospel Doctrine lesson. As I tried to imagine what it would have been like to have lived through the calamities that were a part of the sign of Christ’s death in the Americas, I was struck again by the fact that the Nephites gathered at the temple spontaneously.
The only experience from my own life that I can compare to the times preceding 3 Ne. 11 is that of September 11, 2001. I spent the day in my department at school, watching events unfold on a projection screen with other students. My advisor took me and other students out to lunch so we could talk, and not be alone. I spent a lot of time on the phone with my wife, and went home early. Basically, no one wanted to be alone. We wanted to be with people who understood what we were going through.
I find now when something noteworthy happens that I want to talk about, I increasingly turn to online communities first. It is often much easier to gather virtually than physically — here, we are restricted neither by time, nor space, only by our access to the Internet (which can be problematic in times of distress).
So I offer my gratitude for places such as Times and Seasons where I can gather with others and not feel alone in my thoughts. And I make a prediction that there will come a time when all of us who visit regularly will gather here as at the temple. Perhaps it has happened already — I have only been around for a few months. But in any case, let’s keep that in mind as we post.