On Being Spiritually Prepared
February 2010

“On Being Spiritually Prepared,” Ensign, Feb. 2010, 4–6

First Presidency Message

On Being Spiritually Prepared

Counsel from Our Prophet

President Thomas S. Monson

A Foundation of Faith

“If we do not have a deep foundation of faith and a solid testimony of truth, we may have difficulty withstanding the harsh storms and icy winds of adversity which inevitably come to each of us.

“Mortality is a period of testing, a time to prove ourselves worthy to return to the presence of our Heavenly Father. In order for us to be tested, we must face challenges and difficulties. These can break us, and the surface of our souls may crack and crumble—that is, if our foundations of faith, our testimonies of truth are not deeply embedded within us.”1

Learn Lessons of the Past

“In the search for our best selves, several questions will guide our thinking: Am I what I want to be? Am I closer to the Savior today than I was yesterday? Will I be closer yet tomorrow? Do I have the courage to change for the better? …

“The years have come and the years have gone, but the need for a testimony of the gospel continues paramount. As we move toward the future, we must not neglect the lessons of the past.”2

Your Personal Liahona

“Your patriarchal blessing is yours and yours alone. It may be brief or lengthy, simple or profound. Length and language do not a patriarchal blessing make. It is the Spirit that conveys the true meaning. Your blessing is not to be folded neatly and tucked away. It is not to be framed or published. Rather, it is to be read. It is to be loved. It is to be followed. Your patriarchal blessing will see you through the darkest night. It will guide you through life’s dangers. … Your patriarchal blessing is to you a personal Liahona to chart your course and guide your way. …

“Patience may be required as we watch, wait, and work for a promised blessing to be fulfilled.”3

Come unto Him

“Remember that you do not walk alone. … As you walk through life, always walk toward the light, and the shadows of life will fall behind you. …

“As I [have] turned to the scriptures for inspiration, a particular word [has] stood out time and time again. The word [is] ‘come.’ The Lord said, ‘Come unto me.’ He said, ‘Come learn of me.’ He also said, ‘Come, follow me.’ I like that word, come. My plea is that we would come to the Lord.”4


  1. “How Firm a Foundation,” Liahona and Ensign, Nov. 2006, 62.

  2. “Becoming Our Best Selves,” Liahona and Ensign, Apr. 2006, 3, 5.

  3. “Your Patriarchal Blessing: A Liahona of Light,” Ensign, Nov. 1986, 66.

  4. 16-stake fireside, Brigham Young University, Nov. 16, 1986.

Road to Emmaus, by Jon McNaughton

Photo illustration by Craig Dimond; illustrations by Steve Kropp