We know that the ten virgins represent members of Christ’s church. The bridegroom is Christ. The lamp is lit to carry the light of Christ unto all the world wherever we are. The oil is our testimony and preparation.
The lamps used by the Jews in Christ’s day enabled people to carry light wherever they went. A lamp filled with oil would usually last about 2 hrs. So the foolish virgins only prepared for a short time. Since it was customary for the bridegroom to come at dusk, they didn’t think they would need to take additional oil in a vessel. However, the bridegroom delayed his coming until midnight. So to liken this to us in our day, the foolish virgin’s testimony and preparation could not withstand the trials and tribulations that precede the second coming of the Savior. They lost faith, and by so doing lost their way and were not accepted as Christ’s.
The wise virgins were “faithful, praying always, having their lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with them, that they may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom—” D&C 33:17 They had filled their vessel with extra oil so they would be ready for whatever was to come. Likewise in our day the wise virgins, or righteous members of the church, prepare both physically and spiritually for his coming. They know the signs of his coming and watch for them, preparing themselves, teaching their families and all who will listen about the Savior. They do something every day to learn and to share the gospel.
So, What are we doing to prepare each day? Are we reading the scriptures daily? Are we listening to the Prophet and studying the words of the apostles spoken at general conference? Are we changing our lives to come closer to Christ? Do we recognize the whispering of the Holy Spirit? Do we follow those promptings when we receive them?
I know that Christ lives. I know he died for our sins. I know that the Savior will return again and he will reign here on earth. I know that we can live our lives in accordance with God’s plan for us. He guides us through the Holy Ghost. He sends direction for our lives. We just need to pray and put ourselves in God’s hands and let him mold us into the best person we can be.
Each time we do something for someone else we put a drop of oil in our lamp or in our vessel. Each time we pray, each time we share our testimony, each time we listen to the spirit, each time we act on a prompting we add a drop of oil.
When we seek out God’s truths and share them with others we are following Him. We must always ask God if what we learn is truth. We must ask this to avoikd being deceived. When we ask He will answer and we will be strengthened. If something is good it comes from Christ if it is evil it comes from Satan. We must learn to discern the difference and not always follow the ways of the world. Much evil is being promoted in the world today, even among members of Christ’s church. We must watch that we be not deceived. We must fervently obey the Lord and his apostles. They will not lead us astray.
D&C 45: 57 For they that are wise and have received the truth, and have taken the Holy Spirit for their guide, and have not been deceived—verily I say unto you, they shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire, but shall abide the day.