Just as with the 10 virgins, the wise today will stay spiritually prepared

By Emily Christensen

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, July 7 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Spiritual preparation for the second coming of the Savior is an active and ongoing process. The bridegroom in the parable finally appears, almost without warning, except for the promise that he would indeed come. The Savior will come, and he will establish his kingdom on Earth. The more prepared members are to live the laws of that kingdom now, the more prepared each one will be when that time comes.

President Kimball also wrote, in "The Miracle of Forgiveness," “The 10 virgins belonged to the kingdom and had every right to the blessings — except that five were not valiant and were not ready when the great day came. They were unprepared through not living all the commandments. They were bitterly disappointed at being shut out from the marriage — as likewise their modern counterparts (members today who are not prepared) will be.”

Emily Christensen lives with her husband in Oklahoma. Her doctorate is in marriage and family therapy, and she is pursuing a second degree in Hebrew and Jewish studies. She blogs at www.housewifeclass.com and her email is housewifeclass@gmail.com

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