"When we speak of preparedness, often our first thoughts center on temporal or physical preparations - food, shelter, clothing. While these preparationsre important and necessary, they are not all-inclusive. There is a crucial balance between the temporal and spiritual aspects of this principle. The Lord has said, `All things unto me are spiritual, and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal.' (D&C 29:34.)
"The Lord taught this very important lesson when He visited the home of his friends, Mary and Martha. While Martha attended to the needs of her guests, Mary sat and listened to the words of the Savior.
But Martha was cumbered about much serving . . . and said,Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? . . . And Jesus answered and said . . . Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.' (Luke 10:40-42.)"Our physical preparation - including a clean, orderly home - makes it possible for the Spirit to be present. Likewise, the Spirit of the Lord brings an atmosphere of peace and contentment to our orderly home. One sister told of her preparation to receive a General Authority guest in her home for stake conference. Everything was to be perfect. Extensive cleaning and cooking were done. . . . She worked hard. By the time he arrived, she was exhausted and couldn't enjoy his visit. Too late, she realized that spiritual preparation was `needful' also. . . .
"How do we prepare? We prepare by developing a strong relationship with our Heavenly Father through prayer, scripture study, and obedience to the commandments; by knowing our own worth, and by sustaining the priesthood.
"Qualities of spirituality do not come without effort. Like any other talent with which we are blessed, they must be constantly practiced. . . .
"We alsoT prepare by serving, teaching, nurturing, and helping others prepare. As we work daily to attain righteousness and a spiritual way of life, we have a responsibility to elevate others to help them realize their divine potential. . . .
"Being a woman brings blessings and responsibilities. Often there are tasks which, when filled, are without visibility, acclaim, or attendant worldly power. Nonetheless, they are vital to the progress of humankind. When we are diverted from our course, serious weaknesses may appear in our lives and in the lives of family members, as well as society. . . .
"It is according to our natures, sisters, to have feelings of charity and benevolence. It isn't always easy to put these feelings into action. As women, we should pray for charitable desires and opportunities, then work to foster these Godlike attributes."