Called and Prepared – Alma 12:3-5

3 And this is the manner after which they were ordained–being called and prepared from the foundation of the world according to the foreknowledge of God, on account of their exceeding faith and good works; in the first place being left to choose good or evil; therefore they having chosen good, and exercising exceedingly great faith, are called with a holy calling, yea, with that holy calling which was prepared with, and according to, a preparatory redemption for such.

4 And thus they have been called to this holy calling on account of their faith, while others would reject the Spirit of God on account of the hardness of their hearts and blindness of their minds, while, if it had not been for this they might have had as great privilege as their brethren.
5 Or in fine, in the first place they were on the same standing with their brethren; thus this holy calling being prepared from the foundation of the world for such as would not harden their hearts, being in and through the atonement of the Only Begotten Son, who was prepared–
I’m going to discuss this passage for the next couple of days. Today, I’m focusing on the fact that we were both “called” and “prepared” before we were born to fulfill specific responsibilities in mortality. Even though the passage above is focused on priesthood offices, the book True to the Faith clarifies that the principle of foreordination applies to all of us:

Before the creation of the earth, faithful women were given certain responsibilities and faithful men were foreordained to certain priesthood duties. Although you do not remember that time, you surely agreed to fulfill significant tasks in the service of your Father (“Foreordination,” True to the Faith, 69-70).

I am humbled to know that God gave me assignments before I was born, assignments which I may not remember but which I nevertheless have the opportunity to fulfill. I’m grateful for Alma’s assurance that I was not only called but was also prepared to fulfill those assignments. As Thomas S. Monson has taught, “whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies” (“Duty Calls,” General Conference, April 1996), I’m grateful to know that the qualification and preparation for me to fulfill my callings may have begun before I was even born.
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