Since our multi-stake conference in early September, I have been thinking about two questions that President Dieter F. Uchtdorf posed during his talk:
1. What are you personally doing to increase your faith in God the Eternal Father and His Son Jesus Christ?
2. What are you personally doing to strengthen your marriage and your eternal relationships?
I can hardly imagine two more important questions to be asking ourselves today. It may not come as a surprise that I feel a great urgency about preparation now, especially spiritual preparation. I must admit that spiritual and temporal preparation are on my mind constantly, and there must be a reason behind that.
As with my own family, I urge everyone in our ward, to have a primary focus on fulfilling our spiritual and family duties and doing everything we can to set our houses in order, to set aside three months of food (and then work on a year's supply), to reduce and ultimately eliminate our debt, and to save against a rainy day.
I promise you that if you are sincere and prayerful in your desires to prepare, and you show faith by paying an honest tithe, you will have the physical strength and the financial means to set your house in order. "Therefore, dearly beloved..., let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed" (D&C 123:7). "Wherefore, stand ye in holy places, and be not moved, until the day of the Lord come" (D&C 87:8).