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April 2, 2020 – Enforced isolation

“This is a rare time of enforced solitude when we don’t have a lot of trivia or superficial busyness distracting us from considering the truly important things in life…such times invite us to look into our soul and see if we like what we see there…[The result is a] kind of mandatory Sabbath — a time when we step away from our normal routine, from life as usual, and consider our dependence on God and the blessings from Him we so often take for granted.”

  1. Elder Jeffrey R. Holland, Shelter in place, Church News, April 1, 2020

This situation and these circumstances provide us the opportunity to focus on eternally important things. At times, it is necessary for the Lord to chasten us so that we once again remember Him (Hel 12:3). “For all those who will not endure chastening, but deny me, cannot be sanctified.” (D&C 101:5).

We all need to take advantage of this interesting time and be reading, be studying, spend more time together as family, watch good movies together, listen to and heed to words of the Lord’s annointed, yea… fill our lamps.

The Bridegroom may be here soon or it may take a bit. We don’t know. In either case, we should be ready when He does. Know the signs. Heed the warnings.

The older I get, the more I realize and internalize that the daily distractions in life mean absolutely nothing. All that matters is our testimony and faith. We need to live in the world, but we don’t have to be of the world.

Bettering ourselves spiritually, physically, mentally, and even professionally should be our focus. Luke 2:52 says that even Christ bettered Himself. We can and we should too. Why shouldn’t we? Not improving means that we’re going the other way. And who wants that?


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