Every discovery in science and art, that is really true and useful to mankind has been given by direct revelation from God, though but few acknowledge it. It has been given with a view to prepare the way for the ultimate triumph of truth, and the redemption of the earth from the power of sin and Satan. We should take advantage of all these great discoveries, the accumulated wisdom of ages, and give to our children the benefit of every branch of useful knowledge, to prepare them to step forward and efficiently do their part in the great work.
President Brigham Young, 1862, as quoted in Discourses of Brigham Young
We see a plethora of discoveries, advancements, and innovations every day seems like. And, like everything else, they are hastening.
Something I tend NOT to think much about, is the fact that our Heavenly Father is the one who is inspiring those that are actually making these discoveries and advancements. From technology, to medicine, to the very conveniences we now find in everyday life. There's a reason for this. And they all have a purpose.....not just to make our lives easier.
One, with everything negative going on in life, it is good to know part of life is easier than it could be. We don't have to worry about the little things. So that we can focus on the important things.
Two, Heavenly Father has given these advancements to us so that we can hasten forward His work and purpose. Missionary work is a perfect example....technology has made it possible to bless the lives of others even when we can't go and see them face to face. Without these advancements, that wouldn't be possible today. Think back 5 years or 10, how much have things progressed since then??
And I know that many advancements are yet to come. And they will come at a rapid pace.
So, while there will be opposition in everything, it is because of revelation that things are being discovered and advanced, even invented, to make our lives and the lives of others that much more enriched and blessed. It isn't by luck or happenstance that these things are coming forward. We are helping to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of ourselves and those around us.