Are We Prepared or Preparing?

Do Actions Match Prayers?

Do Actions Match Prayers?

Ever caught yourself in response to a disappointing exam result, saying, “What! I can’t believe that!”? I have. But in such cases, I had to truthfully assess how much effort I had expended to learn the material. Did I study all that was necessary to achieve the hoped-for grade? Or did I wait to the last minute and then run out of time, soothing myself with rationalizations? Was I wistfully and unrealistically thinking that things would turn out well without taking the steps to insure that they would? Similarly, I must work hard to prepare to meet Heavenly Father at the end of mortality. How much effort am I expending? My interview with God will reflect what I have overcome and what I have become. It will reflect my heartfelt desire to grow up in the Lord. It will reflect my faith as well as faithfulness to covenants. I want to avoid the sorrowful exclamation of regret: “If only!” The scriptures teach that “This life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors” (Alma 34:32). I want to push myself with renewed energy to make these eternal preparations.

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