In the 25th chapter of Matthew is the parable of the ten virgins–five wise and five foolish. When reading the parable, substitute the word ‘casual’ in place of the word ‘foolish.’
Now, it is time for some personal introspection. Are there areas of the gospel where you have become casual? Do you recognize aspects of the gospel where your fellow saints have become casual? Is it in our dress, temple attendance, listening to our leaders, scripture study, prayers, etc.?
Elder Dale G. Renlund Of the Seventy noted in his October 2009 conference address about heart transplant patients who “become casual with their transplanted hearts,” which ultimately leads to rejection of the new heart and then death. 1
Have we experienced the mighty change of heart spoken of in Alma 5, or are we casual about how we treat our new hearts and reject the message of the Savior?
What can be done to overcome the casual observance of gospel principles? Discuss.
1- Dale G. Renlund, “Preserving the Heart’s Mighty Change,” Ensign, Nov 2009, 97–99