*Although I wouldn’t trade my experience for the world, it would’ve been far easier if I would’ve had a “seriousness of purpose” in my teens. I had to learn this the (very) hard way. Be smarter than that.*
Alma 34:32-33 (#234)
Do you think you’re approaching your time in this life with an appropriate “seriousness of purpose” and properly “[preparing] for eternity?”
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses, therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
This life is the time to prepare to meet God. We are a happy, joyous people. We appreciate a good sense of humor and treasure unstructured time with friends and family. But we need to recognize that there is a seriousness of purpose that must undergird our approach to life and all our choices. Distractions and rationalizations that limit progress are harmful enough, but when they diminish faith in Jesus Christ and His Church, they are tragic.
Elder Quentin L. Cook