Prepare Every Needful Thing

"If ye are prepared, ye shall not fear"

Spiritual Preparedness–October 2014

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Sometimes we expect that the most fulfilling things in life will come to us in a big way, but this is not the usual pattern that is followed in the Lord’s church. Most of the time we learn and grow and become more Christlike, “line upon line, precept upon precept, here a little and there a little”(2 Nephi 11:15). In other words, “by small and simple things are great things brought to pass” (Alma 47:6). Elder Bednar emphasized this by saying, “I believe many, if not all, of the most satisfying and memorable accomplishments in our homes, in the Church, in our jobs and professions, and in our communities will be the product of this important spiritual pattern—of small and simple things.”

Why do small and simple things bring great things to pass? “The spiritual pattern of small and simple things bringing forth great things produces firmness and steadfastness, deepening devotion, and more complete conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel. As you and I become increasingly steadfast and immovable, we are less prone to zealous and exaggerated spurts of spirituality followed by extended periods of slackness. A spiritual “spurter” is one who is given to short bursts of spectacular effort followed by frequent and lengthy periods of rest. A big spurt may appear to be impressive in the short run, but steadiness in small things over time is far more effective and far less dangerous, and it produces far more enduring results…A single, great scripture-reading marathon cannot produce the spiritual impact of steady scripture study across many months. We can avoid or overcome unsustainable spiritual spurting as we employ the Lord’s pattern of small and simple things and become valiant disciples with strong, spiritual stamina—blessed with capacity to endure to the end with faith in the Savior” (Elder David A. Bednar, Power to Become)


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