In humble circumstances, Mary and Joseph prepared to receive the Son of God. More than 2,000 years later, how do you prepare to receive the Savior?
Elder Dallin H. Oaks gave wise counsel:
“Brothers and sisters, as the Book of Mormon teaches, ‘this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; … the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors’. Are we preparing? ... What if the day of His coming were tomorrow? If we knew that we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear? If we would do those things then, why not now? Why not seek peace while peace can be obtained? If our lamps of preparation are drawn down, let us start immediately to replenish them. We need to make both temporal and spiritual preparation for the events prophesied at the time of the Second Coming.”
For Family Home Evening, study what the prophets have said about preparing for the Second Coming. Discuss ways to become better prepared to receive the Savior and make a goal or start a project that can help you become more temporally or spiritually prepared.