8 Yea, even he should go forth and cry in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for there standeth one among you whom ye know not; and he is mightier than I, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose. And much spake my father concerning this thing.
(1 Nephi 10:8)
After studying the words of prophets contained on the brass plates, Lehi taught his children about the Savior. He explained that a prophet (John the Baptist) would prepare the way for the Savior’s ministry, just as Isaiah had prophesied (Isaiah 40:3).
Even though this prophecy is specifically about John the Baptist, it has relevance for each of us. In a revelation received by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York, the Lord commanded members of the Church to preach this message to the world: “Repent, repent, and prepare ye the way of the Lord, and make his paths straight; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (D&C 33:10).
We can prepare the way of the Lord by taking actions which help our hearts and minds become receptive to His Spirit. This includes repentance and participation in the ordinances of the gospel. We also prepare the way for ourselves and others by acting on revelation we receive.
Today, I will prepare the way of the Lord by opening my mind and heart, being willing to accept the messages God wants to send me, and then acting on the messages I receive from Him.