This journal entry was written by Dale and Jan at the beginning of their third week studying Act in Doctrine, a new book written by Elder David Bednar.
I like the idea of the parables of the ten Virgins. The comparison of the ten virgins, the five prepared and the five who were not, directly relates to my own life. If I don’t spend the time in working at my testimony and conversion, then I won’t be ready when the Bridegroom comes and the door will be closed for me. The prior preparation to obtain the oil is my study of the gospel, praying about the truths in the scriptures, and then changing my actions to be consistent with what I have learned. This isn’t a one-time deal. I’m in it to progress each day. I have to do the footwork. I have to make the effort.
I think it is interesting how we go along in our lives where life is good and then we get thrown a curve ball. We are currently dealing with an event in our family that draws on all the spiritual strength we can muster. At this time we are drawing upon the strength of the Lord to deal with an adult child’s critical illness. It’s the small and simple things I do each day are giving me the strength to be positive and to fight negative thoughts. Scriptures, good music, and gospel study uplifts and edify my heart. Temple attendance brings me peace. All these actions are vital for me to build upon each day to be firm in my faith.