27 And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;
29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.
Linda S Reeves, LDS General Conference, October 2015
What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:
Alma is preaching about the coming of Christ. He wishes for it to be during his life, but exhorts everyone to become prepared for that time as if it were soon. He is speaking about the birth of Christ, but his words and admonitions are relevant to us today as we wait on his return.
Thoughts about this scripture:
If we look forward to the coming of Christ to the earth again. And I mean by looking forward that we both believe that he will come again, and we have hope that this day will come in our lifetime like Alma did. If this is how we look forward to it, then we should use that hope as both a strength and motivation to repent and to do good to others and become prepared to meet him.
How does this strengthen my testimony
For me, it has never been enough to just believe. I have always felt that I should be doing something to prepare for Christ. I don't do dramatic things that I might do if I were expecting him tomorrow, but I do think and act on the thoughts that Christ is still coming.
When I was younger, I hoped that Christ would come a bit later. Let me have a few years to live a life. And I admit I wanted time to sin and repent a little. Not great sins, but those common acts that I thought would be fun and no serious wrongs. These were foolish thoughts, but they were compatible with my youth.
I also felt that I was not ready. I still feel that way. But I have a better perspective that as I am coming to Christ, he will not reject me when it is finally time and he comes to us again.