Gospel's rare oils difficult to obtain 'at midnight'

The Parable of the Ten Virgins teaches about preparing for the Second Coming of the Lord. (Matt. 25:1-3.) The parable tells of five wise virgins who had their lamps filled with oil in preparation for the arrival of the bridegroom, and of five foolish virgins who had neglected to fill their lamps and, therefore, were unprepared when the bridegroom arrived.

In an address delivered in Kansas City, Mo., on Sept. 2, 1978, President Spencer W. Kimball drew an analogy of various kinds of oils - vegetable, animal and mineral - with the "oils" of the gospel."There are," he said, "oils that keep the gospel burning brightly. One type of oil is the oil of family prayer. It illuminates us and makes us bright and cheery but is difficult to obtain at midnight. One drop or two will not keep the lamp burning long. . . .

"Another type of oil is the oil of fasting. The last midnight is late to start disciplining our lives in preparation for the great day of the Lord. . . .

"Another oil that is not available at midnight is the indispensable oil of home service. This rare oil of service is accumulated through visits to the sick, through lending a helping hand.

"There is another rare, indispensable oil without which no one can be fully prepared. We must have the proper amount of this never-exhausting oil, the oil of temple ordinance. . . .

"There is another oil that all will need - rich or poor, sick or well. Its light is brilliant and increases with use. The more that is used, the more that is left. It is easy to purchase in the day but not available at night. This is the tithing oil.

"There is one . . . oil that is so precious that without adding it to the other oils no wick will burn. Without it, the light from all the others will dim and go out. This is the oil of chastity." (Church News, Sept. 9, 1978, and from text of an address President Spencer W. Kimball delivered Sept. 2, 1978, at the Kansas City

Mo.T Civic Center Auditorium.)

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