I hope you all had a very peaceful Sunday. Church was really nice today. I love gathering, fellowshipping, and learning of Jesus Christ with my brothers and sisters in the Lord.
I wanted to start today by sharing a song sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir to invite the Spirit.
This song is very special to me. After living in Oklahoma for 2 years and pregnant with my 5th child, our congregation was divided and the boundaries were changed. We were asked to go to a completely different building where we did not know a soul and serve and fellowship there. This song is what kept me going in those first few months. I know now, after being in this ward for 7 years, that this is where the Lord needed us to be at that time. We have made many friends and have learned many lessons that have helped with our growth as a family and as disciples of Jesus Christ. "I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord." Sometimes we have to take a step into the unknown to know of his true path for us.
Here is a video giving a recap of the last couple of chapters and today's chapters. I hope it will help you get the basic idea of the story line. I actually got a little teary eyed during today's reading. I sorrowed for the wives and children who were killed because they believed. I felt sad for the husbands when Alma and Amulek relayed this message to them. Then I rejoiced when Alma and Amulek healed Zeezrom and how he repented. I LOVE Zeezrom's story! Another testimony of how anyone can change, even those who are going about trying to destroy the work of the Lord. What a story of great hope.
I love the simple verse…
"And Alma baptized Zeezrom unto the Lord; and he began from that time forth to preach unto the people."
Again, I repeat…… anyone can change! I know sometimes we feel trapped and that we cannot get a hold of our weaknesses. I know that life is hard, sometimes even harder than we think we can bear. I also know that we have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who, through the Atonement, made it possible for us to overcome our weaknesses and trials. If we will call upon him and give our sins and burdens to him, we can do it. We can do ALL things through Christ. I know that this is a true principle.
Something else that popped out to me during today's reading was the story of Amulek. We know that in the last few chapters he was visited by an angel and also left with Alma to preach the word of God to the people of Ammonihah. After Alma and Amulek leave Ammonihah and then baptize in Sidom, Alma takes Amulek to his own home in Zarahelma and administers unto him in his tribulations. He strengthens him in the Lord. This tells me that no matter where we are on our spiritual journey, we ALL need strengthening. We can never, at any point, say that we are done, or that we know all there is to know. Amulek left his family and lost many of his friends when he joined the church and started preaching with Alma. What a story of great faith Amulek has. What a great example to me he is.
"Now as I said, Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek and came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord."
Have a SUPER great night! Please e-mail or message me if you have any questions. I love the Book of Mormon and am so grateful that I get to share something I love with YOU!!