Here is one of my favorite quotes from President Ezra Taft Benson. (He actually said a similar thing in a couple of different talks.)
"For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the second coming of the Lord....That is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God."
(Ezra Taft Benson, CES Devotional, Feb 1987)
"For nearly six thousand years, God has held you in reserve to make your appearance in the final days before the Second Coming of the Lord. Every previous gospel dispensation has drifted into apostasy, but ours will not. True, there will be some individuals who will fall away; but the kingdom of God will remain intact to welcome the return of its head--even Jesus Christ. While our generation will be comparable in wickedness to the days of Noah, when the Lord cleansed the earth by flood, there is a major difference this time. It is that God has saved for the final inning some of his strongest children, who will help bear off the Kingdom triumphantly. And that is where you come in, for you are the generation that must be prepared to meet your God.
All through the ages the prophets have looked down through the corridors of time to our day. Billions of the deceased and those yet to be born have their eyes on us. Make no mistake about it--you are a marked generation. There has never been more expected of the faithful in such a short period of time as there is of us. Never before on the face of this earth have the forces of evil and the forces of good been as well organized. Now is the great day of the devil's power, with the greatest mass murderers of all time living among us. But now is also the great day of the Lord's power, with the greatest number ever of priesthood holders on the earth. And the showdown is fast approaching.
Ezra Taft Benson, In His Steps, Brigham Young University on 4 March 1979.
Since many LDS members don't seem to give BYU talks as much credence as they give to talks given in General Conference, isn't it interesting that last Conference, our prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson, chose to repeat that quote from President Benson.
Then if you cross-reference that with Pres. Eyring saying to pay special attention when one prophet quotes another prophet, this quote is pretty important to ponder right now.
I can hardly wait to hear what the prophets, apostles, and auxiliary leaders say in General Conference this weekend!!! I love General Conference!