The prophet Malachi also foresaw people living in the latter days who wondered if their obedience was all in vain, questioning whether it was really worth it to continue to keep the commandments—especially when so many disobedient, proud, and wicked people appeared to be doing so well and even seemed to be “happy,” “set up,” and “delivered” (see Mal. 3:13–15). The Lord’s response is to be patient. A “book of remembrance” is being kept of those who “feared the Lord, and [who] thought upon his name” (Mal. 3:16). The Lord will hold them close to his heart and carry them on his shoulders just as the high priest carried beautiful jewels on his shoulders and on the breastplate with the names of the tribes of Israel inscribed on them (see Ex. 28:9, 12, 15–21, 29). As the ancient high priest carried jewels with him into the Holy of Holies, so will the heavenly high priest, the Savior, carry righteous members of the house of Israel through the veil and back into the presence of God. As Elder Henry B. Eyring of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles testified: “He wants us to come home again to His presence. That is His greatest priority” (Church News, 28 Feb. 1998, 10).
In this we see that the prophet Malachi saw our day and saw how people will act. Today we see that those prophecies are coming true. People who are set against God seemed to be rich and happy even though they are not obeying God's commandments and not obeying the laws of the land. In this, the Lord answered that we are to be patient in our afflictions and endure to the end. When our minds are focused upon the Savior Jesus Christ our names will be kept in the book of remembrance, a record of names. He will sustain us and give us strength.
I know that Malachi truly saw our days. I know that he is one of the prophets of God, just like President Thomas S. Monson is the prophet of God for our day. We should not dwell on the worldly things, but we should set our sight on a goal that's higher than the world, one that's everlasting and will help us attain eternal life with God in His Kingdom again.