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Yesterday in Sacrament meeting the assigned topic for the speakers was on preparation for the Millenium. Each speaker touched on the same basic elements—that spiritual preparation is necessary, that it cannot be shared (citing and reading the entire story of the wise/unwise virgins), and that we need to follow the Prophet.
Temporal preparation was left out.
Why is this? Is temporal preparation not important? Is it important, but of far less import than spiritual preparation? Are the two not intertwined or related? We know from the scriptures about such commandments:
…my commandments are spiritual; they are not natural nor temporal, neither carnal nor sensual. (D&C 29:35)
Does this scripture indicate that temporal commandments are not important or ever given? I don’t think so. Rather, I believe it teaches us that the temporal commandments that we are given are spiritual in nature.
For example, we are counseled to have a year’s supply of food, water, and supplies. However, the premise behind this commandment is a spiritual one—obedience to the prophet and preparation for what is to come. Tithing, fasting, wise financial management, clean music and movies—these are just a few of the “temporal” commandments we are given that have spiritual implications.
And so, I believe that in leaving out the “temporal” commandments, one cannot properly and fully be spiritually prepared. Like yesterday’s Sacrament meeting, I feel that more emphasis is placed on the absolutely spiritual elements (which are very important, mind you) without enough (or any) attention given to the temporal areas of preparedness.
Brother Brigham summed it up nicely:
I will tell you all that your faith, religion, and profession of religion, will never save one soul of you in heaven, unless you carry out just such principles as I am now teaching you. Go and bring in those people now on the plains, and attend strictly to those things which we call temporal, or temporal duties, otherwise your faith will be in vain; the preaching you have heard will be in vain to you, …unless you attend to the things we tell you. (Brigham Young, via Quoty)
Faith without works is dead. Likewise, spiritual preparation without its temporal components is fruitless and void.