This morning while I was studying the Book of Mormon, Alma asked me a great question in Alma 5:15: Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality… to stand before God to be cjudged…? 16 I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye ablessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth?
He really made me think for a minute. I definitely look forward to things to come with hope and enthusiasm, but I don’t know that I’ve ever sat down and visualized myself meeting Heavenly Father.
“Visualization is a fabulously powerful technique well known to top performing athletes and other professionals at the top of their game. It is the process of visualizing in your mind what ever it is you want to achieve.
So for example, a sprint runner would visualize himself winning his race, he would view his success in his mind, he would experience in minute detail every aspect of the race, from a perfect start, to a perfectly timed finish. By the time he gets to the real race, he’s already won it several times… The pattern of success is firmly imprinted in his mind. When the start gun fires, everything will run to his internal script automatically. This gives a powerful advantage.
The interesting thing for us is that this technique works for anything that we want to do, visualizing yourself achieving success at whatever it is you want to achieve, dramatically improves your chances of achieving it… These benefits have been proven by many experiments… When you can visualize the path to what you want, you must of course be prepared to actually walk it in the real world.”
As we visualize the day we arrive to recieve judgment for our mortal works, we can anticipate changes that need to be made, ahead of time. By making little adjustments now, we can finetune the “day of the race” until we can confidently walk through life with the knowledge that we are prepared to be held accountable.