I love this grouping of parables that all teach us about preparing for the Lord's return! Last week I shared a video that also goes well with this week's lesson because it talks about being on the Lord's team because we already know the outcome. I won't add it again this week, but it would be worth checking out if you didn't see it last week. That video is called "Jesus and The Christus Victor Aspect of the Savior's Atonement"
I wanted to post this video first because I feel even though it was made 11 years ago, each year it seems to become more and more relevant, at least to me. I remember the first time I saw it and was able to take so much courage from President Nelson's message that I have never forgotten it. Even if you've seen it before, it's a video worth watching many times, especially in those moments in your life where you feel fear, uncertainty or anxiety about things.
This article was REALLY good, although I had to go through it a few times to glean everything I could from it. I appreciated the point that it made that, while we should be doing all we can to prepare for the Second Coming, our focus should also be on preparing to go on to the next life, which could happen at any time.
I have been thinking about this as we spent time cleaning out her house. My husband and I were just there the other day, getting the last things removed before cleaners came in.
I thought about how she had not known that day, as she got ready for church and left her house, that she would not return. It has made me look at the state of things in my own life--not just my possessions, but my spiritual preparations. Am I ready for such a day? If not, it's something I should be working on.
As much as, or more than any other single chapter of ancient scripture, Joseph Smith—Matthew gives a very clear voice of warning to Latter-day Saints. To humble disciples, its message is thus:
- Calamities will come.
- The Savior will return.
- We do not know the day or hour of these occurrences.
- We must prepare.
- We must not allow ourselves to be deceived.
- We must guard against complacency.
Do we allow ourselves a mistaken luxury, thinking there is plenty of time to put our lives in order? Do we rationalize that there is still so much to do before the Savior’s Second Coming that we feel no need to rush? After all, the Gospel must be preached to all nations, the gathering must continue, the ten tribes must return, temples must yet be built in Jerusalem and Jackson County, and a host of other things must be fulfilled. It certainly sounds as if there is plenty of time. Perhaps we have even heard a modern prophet say Jesus would not likely come in his lifetime, the lifetime of his children, and maybe not even in the lifetime of his grandchildren. So why worry?
You can read the full article here: Joseph Smith--Matthew: Profiting from Prophecy
I really loved this talk by James E. Faust! Using the story of the Little Engine That Could, he outlines how we might apply the parable of the talents to our own efforts.
In accounting for his stewardship, this slothful servant imputed to his master his own character flaws.5 He could have at least put the money in circulation and received interest on it instead of burying it in the ground. His talent was taken from him and given to the man who had 10 talents. Then the Lord tells us, “For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away.
We may wonder whether it was fair to take the talent from the one who had the least and to give it to the one who had the most. From the outset, however, the Lord explains that each man had ability.
The Lord entrusts all of His servants, including every priesthood holder, with spiritual talents. The Lord, who endows us with these talents, tells us: “I believe you can. I believe you can.” While we are not all equal in experience, aptitude, and strength, we have different opportunities to employ these spiritual gifts, and we will all be accountable for the use of the gifts and opportunities given to us.
You can find the full talk here: I Believe I Can, I Knew I Could by James E. Faust
I created a printable with a poem that he quoted in the talk that I loved! If you are a subscriber to my newsletter, I am adding it to the email. It will also be available in the Resource Library in the Freebies Vault!
I loved that this video mentioned some real life examples of how we may be "being deceived" that make me think about some of my own actions and how they might be affecting me. While I'm pretty hopeful that I'll never run off and join a group like the Branch Davidians, there are so many more subtle ways that I am being deceived...