Eagerly he opened the last envelope, anticipating the advice that would provide the solution for his troubles. Second, and only slightly behind the first, is to do the right thing at the right time.

Again he found a single sheet of paper, but this time it read, “Prepare three envelopes.” It was time for new leadership. [A] time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; . People who do the right thing at the wrong time can be frustrated and ineffective.

We will not be approved or blessed in clearing the ground or pouring the footings for that great project until the Lord has said that it is time.

“My words are sure and shall not fail,” the Lord taught the early elders of this dispensation.

“But,” He continued, “all things must come to pass in their time” (D&C –32).

For a vivid illustration of the importance of timing we can look to the earthly ministry of the Lord and His succeeding instructions to His Apostles.

During His lifetime the Lord instructed the Twelve Apostles not to preach to the Gentiles but “rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matthew 10:5–6; also see Matthew –26).

The familiar observation that “timing is everything” surely overstates the point, but timing is vital. A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; . They can even be confused about whether they made the right choice when what was wrong was not their choice but their timing.

We read in Ecclesiastes: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; . My first point on the subject of timing is that the Lord has His own timetable.

“Hold these until you have the first crisis in your administration,” he explained.

“Then open the first one, and you will find some valuable advice.” It was a year before the new president had a crisis.

When he opened the first envelope, he found a single sheet of paper on which were written the words “Blame the prior administration.” He followed that advice and survived the crisis.