The Storehouse

When Hezekiah became king of Judah at the age of 25, he implemented a number of reforms to turn his people's hearts back to God. He repaired the temple. He organized the priests and Levites and reminded them of their duties. He reinstituted religious practices which had been neglected. And he gathered the people for... Continue Reading →

If Ye Are Prepared…

When Nephi and his people "had prepared all things," including "much fruit and meat from the wilderness, and honey in abundance," and other provisions, they boarded the ship they had built to travel across the ocean (1 Nephi 18:6). The brother of Jared and his people did the same before embarking on their journey: When... Continue Reading →

“In the Very Hour”

It is more important to be prepared than to have a plan. Plans rely on assumptions about things we can't control. The most brittle plans rely heavily on these assumptions, while more resilient plans allow for adaptation under changing circumstances. A good plan recognizes that the participants will be actors, not merely executors, and will... Continue Reading →

A Time to Prepare

In a revelation Joseph Smith received in September 1830, the Lord urged everyone who is willing to listen to Him: prepare their hearts and be prepared in all things against the day when tribulation and desolation are sent forth upon the wicked.Doctrine and Covenants 29:8 Alma said that, because Adam and Eve were cast out from the Garden... Continue Reading →

“Prepare Ye, Prepare Ye”

In the first section of the Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord speaks of "the calamity which should come upon the inhabitants of the earth," and He foretells a time when "peace shall be taken from the earth" (Doctrine and Covenants 1:17, 35). But in the same chapter, He provides the following counsel: "Prepare ye, prepare ye for that which is... Continue Reading →

Prepared – Alma 43:19, Alma 49:8

When the Lamanite armies, under the leadership of Zerahemnah, arrived at the land of Jershon, they were dismayed. Captain Moroni and the Nephite army were prepared in a way that they had not anticipated: Moroni had prepared his people with breastplates and with arm-shields, yea, and also shields to defend their heads, and also they... Continue Reading →

What Is a “Probationary State?”

When Adam and Eve partook of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they became mortal. As the prophet Lehi explained to his sons, everything was static before that time: "If Adam had not transgressed...he would have remained in the garden of Eden. And all things which were created must have... Continue Reading →

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