“Now Is the Time” – Alma 13:21, Alma 34:33

After teaching the people of Ammonihah about the Fall of Adam and Eve and about how to receive the grace of God, Alma issued a call to action. Extending his arm toward his audience, he proclaimed, “Now is the time to repent, for the day of salvation draweth nigh” (Alma 13:21). He urged the people not to “procrastinate the day of [their] repentance” (Alma 13:27).

Eight years later, in the land of Antionum, Alma’s associate Amulek delivered a similar call to action at the end of a sermon: “Now is the time and the day of your salvation,” he said. “Therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end” (Alma 34:33).

President Henry B. Eyring has emphasized the importance of taking timely action:

There is a danger in the word someday when what it means is “not this day….” The God who gives us each day as a treasure will require an accounting. We will weep, and He will weep, if we have intended to repent and to serve Him in tomorrows which never came or have dreamt of yesterdays where the opportunity to act was past. This day is a precious gift of God. The thought “Someday I will” can be a thief of the opportunities of time and the blessings of eternity.

(“This Day,” General Conference, April 2007)

Today, I will act without unnecessary delay. I will not save until tomorrow the things I can do today.

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