“With reverence and gratitude, we as His Apostles invite all to know — as we do — that the heavens are open. We affirm that God is making known His will for His beloved sons and daughters. We testify that those who prayerfully study the message of the Restoration and act in faith will be blessed to gain their own witness of its divinity and of its purpose to prepare the world for the promised Second Coming of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, “The Restoration of the Fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: A Bicentennial Proclamation to the World”, April 2020
I’m excited that we are close to ushering in the Lord’s Second Coming. Yet, there is still a lot to do. Both as a Church and Gospel Plan, and individually.
But knowing what is needed to fill my lamp with oil is not the same as actually filling it. We have promise after promise that if we look to the Lord, as we focus on Him, as we do the things we’ve learned we need to do in Primary, we will receive the Spirit, we will receive revelation, we will receive answers, and we will receive strength. All we need to do now….is actually do it.
As L. Whitney Clayton spoke about today in regards to temples, is that the first thing to do to the land upon constructing a temple is to remove debris, remove trash, clear the land completely, then level the land until it’s ready to build on.
It is the same with us as we begin the road of discipleship. We need to remove debris and trash, then level the land. Some may have already done that part and construction is underway in various stages. We also need to make sure our temples are fitted with seismic advancements and advanced engineering so when earthquakes and other disasters hit, we will not move.
As the windows of heaven are open to us individually, that construction of our spiritual temples will be accurate, beautiful, and perfect, although not yet complete.
Then, we will be ready to present those spiritual temples at the Second Coming in whatever stage of construction we are at. He, Christ, doesn’t care what stage we’re in…. He cares about the actual construction and the materials used.