(June 3, 2015)
I am struck by the response of the Nephites to the knowledge that the Savior would return the next day. It is not surprising that the people would do whatever was necessary in order to get themselves to the position where they would be able to hear the Lord’s message and see and be blessed by Him. After all, this was their God – why wouldn’t they?
But the thing that we so often forget is that we have the same opportunities to be in the presence of the Lord. Do we reach that way on Saturday – planning our lives so that we can be in place to receive His word and His Sacrament on Sunday? Do we work all night to free ourselves up so that we can attend the temple?
It may be more dramatic to be in the presence of the Lord face-to-face, but being in His presents in the temple (or partaking of the Sacrament) is no less real. And to the extent our behavior does not demonstrate that, it helps us to see where our faith can be improved.