“Let Them…Not Tarry”

I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.Psalm 119:60 There is power in doing what needs to be done as soon as possible, without unnecessary delay. When the Lord instructed Alma to return to the city of Ammonihah, “he returned speedily” (Alma 8:18). Sometime later, when Zeezrom asked Alma and Amulek to visit... Continue Reading →

Day by Day

When it was time for Lehi and his family to begin their journey in the wilderness, God gave them a tool to help them steer a straight course toward their destination. Nephi refers to it as "a round ball of curious workmanship" (1 Nephi 16:10). Alma later explains to his son Helaman that it was... Continue Reading →

“All These Things” – 3 Nephi 13:33

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior teaches a critical time-management principle using examples from nature: Birds find food without a lot of advance planning. Flowers look magnificent without focusing excessively on their own appearance. If God feeds and clothes them, then why do we dedicate so much time and energy to things outside... Continue Reading →

“Seek Diligently to Take Away Incumbrances”

When the Lord invited John Johnson to participate in the United Firm in 1833, He coupled that invitation with an assignment: He shall seek diligently to take away incumbrances that are upon the house named among you, Doctrine and Covenants 96:9 An encumbrance (or incumbrance) is a burden or an impediment to progress. As a legal term, it... Continue Reading →

Patterns

When the children of Israel constructed the tabernacle in the wilderness, they built it according to a pattern which the Lord revealed to Moses. "Look that thou make them after their pattern," the Lord said, "which was shewed thee in the mount" (Exodus 25:9, 40). The objects in the tabernacle, such as the candlestick, were also made "according... Continue Reading →

“Seek Me Early”

When something is important to you, you want to do it right away. You prioritize it over other things. The Hebrew word shachar (שָׁחַר) means "dawn" or "morning." Twelve times in the Old Testament, it appears as a verb instead of a noun. What does it mean to "dawn" something? It means to do it... Continue Reading →

Times and Seasons

When we truly have faith in God, we trust His timing. The author of the book of Ecclesiastes reminds us that many of our experiences occur on a schedule beyond our control: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a... Continue Reading →

Practicable

Do you ever feel like there isn't enough time to do everything that you need to do? How do you deal with that situation? In January of 1832, Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon had multiple competing demands on their time. They had taken a break from translating the Bible to preach the gospel (Doctrine and... Continue Reading →

Wise in Time

How do we choose to spend our time, and what do those choices say about our character? In December 1831, the Lord gave the following promise to a group of church leaders gathered in Kirtland, Ohio: He who is faithful and wise in time is accounted worthy to inherit the mansions prepared for him of my Father.Doctrine and Covenants... Continue Reading →

“Seek Not to Be Cumbered”

When 25-year-old William E. McLellin asked Joseph Smith for guidance in October of 1831, his life was in transition. His wife of two years, Cynthia Ann, had died. He had met some missionaries and joined the church just two months earlier. Now, he wanted to know what was next. In the revelation Joseph received in... Continue Reading →

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