I Had Supposed Not to Have Written Any More – Moroni 1:4

4 Wherefore, I write a few more things, contrary to that which I had supposed; for I had supposed not to have written any more; but I write a few more things, that perhaps they may be of worth unto my brethren, the Lamanites, in some future day, according to the will of the Lord.
(Moroni 1:4)

Meetings get canceled. Deadlines get postponed. Tasks are completed faster than we had expected. Supplies we need aren’t available yet. For various reasons, all of us regularly regain pockets of time that we hadn’t planned for. How we spend it is a critical component of our time management. Do we waste time that unexpectedly becomes available? Do we spend it on lower-priority activities? Or are we able to adjust quickly and find appropriate activities which are of high importance and which are a good use of that time?

Moroni had planned to finish the record of his father (Mormon 8:1) and to write an abridgment of the record of the Jaredite civilization (Ether 1:1-2). However, after completing those two projects, he found that he had more time than he had anticipated. “I had supposed not to have written more, but I have not as yet perished” (Moroni 1:1). How did he decide to use this unexpected time? He wrote the book of Moroni, which contains some of the most valuable teachings in the Book of Mormon, including the sacrament prayers, Mormon’s epistle on faith, hope, and charity, and the well-known Book of Mormon promise. The book would hardly seem complete without those final chapters, but Moroni apparently only added them when he discovered that he had additional time and wanted to spend it on something meaningful.

Today I will follow Moroni’s example by spending my unexpected time on high-priority activities. When a meeting is canceled or ends early, or when time becomes available for some other reason, I will choose to spend it wisely. I will remember that unplanned time can yield high-value results if I use it wisely.

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