Immediately, this talks to me about the importance of preparation and not leaving the preparations of your fathers. When this young man (the prodigal son) came to himself, the only job that he could take was one of extreme poverty.
What we are doing is both to prepare our children temporally and spiritually?
How do I get my children to desire the blessings of heaven?
Elder Hales is discussing three things that help us to get back to our Heavenly Father:
- Temple Covenants
- Service and Sacrifice for the Kingdom.
So if I am understanding Elder Hales correctly, these are all things that we should attain to before we are converted.