Today, many people use the acronym YOLO to justify doing what they want. YOLO stands for You Only Live Once. Similar to carpe diem or memento mori, it implies that one should enjoy life, even if that entails taking risks.
The gospel however teaches a different motto.
The gospel motto is more like YOMO–You’re Only Mortal Once! Alma 34 explains the concept of YOMO this way:
32 For behold, this life is the time for men to prepare to meet God; yea, behold the day of this life is the day for men to perform their labors.
33 And now, as I said unto you before, as ye have had so many witnesses therefore, I beseech of you that ye do not procrastinate the day of your repentance until the end; for after this day of life, which is given us to prepare for eternity, behold, if we do not improve our time while in this life, then cometh the night of darkness wherein there can be no labor performed.
34 Ye cannot say, when ye are brought to that awful crisis that I will repent, that I will return to my God. Nay, ye cannot say this; for that same spirit which doth possess your bodies at the time that ye go out of this life, that same spirit will have power to possess your body in that eternal world.
35 For behold, if ye have procrastinated the day of your repentance even until death, behold, ye have become subjected to the spirit of the devil, and he doth seal you his; therefore, the Spirit of the Lord hath withdrawn from you, and hath no place in you, and the devil hath all power over you; and this is the final state of the wicked.
In Alma 36, Alma shares with his son, Helaman, an important life-lesson: YOLO will make you feel, “OH NO!!!” and YOMO is the “WAY TO GO!”
You’re Only Mortal Once, BUT… You Will Live Forever! (YWLF), so don’t let YOLO blow yo eternity!