Preparedness has been on my mind a lot lately, like it has for a lot of us, I imagine. There are tons of resources for emergency and financial preparedness, including Church resources, various preparedness, homesteading, or off-grid blogs, government resources, and more.
But what about spiritual preparedness? How do we prepare spiritually? What does that even look like?
Would it surprise you to know that Jesus already taught us to be spiritually prepared? We can read about the parable of the ten virgins. (See Matthew 25: 1-13) In this parable we learn that we should prepare ourselves well in advance and that we shouldn’t wait until the last minute because we risk getting left behind. We also must take charge of our own spiritual preparation, we can’t borrow “oil” (a testimony) from someone else!
The Lord reminds us of this parable in the Doctrine & Covenants when He says “Wherefore, be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—For behold, verily, verily, I say unto you, that I come quickly. Even so. Amen.” (D&C 33:17-18)
He reminds us again in the Doctrine and Covenants “And at that day, when I shall come in my glory, shall the parable be fulfilled which I spake concerning the ten virgins. For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.” (D&C 45:56-57)
The Lord gives us some good tips for being spiritually prepared in these verses from the Doctrine & Covenants:
- Be faithful
- Pray always
- Be wise
- Receive the truth
- Take the Holy Spirit for your guide
- Be not deceived