Sunday, September 1, 2013

Day 49: Alma 31-32

Happy Sunday Everyone!

Today I taught the lesson in Relief Society.  We decided in my presidency that this month's theme would be Music and the scripture would be music related.  Here are some of the posters I made to share today.  I will also share the talk that I based my lesson on.

Click HERE to read or listen to the talk I used for my lesson.

Tonight we had a GREAT dinner!  We invited the missionaries, a return "Cardon" missionary couple, Bryan's nephew and his family, and we also still have Bryan's brother and his family at our house for the weekend.  The children performed some church songs for all of us.  It was soooo sweet!   Here are some of the pictures.

After dinner and the children's songs, the missionaries gave us a great lesson.  I am so grateful for the missionaries of our church.  They sacrifice 2 years of their lives and serve using our their own funds.  If you would like to learn more about the missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints click HERE.

Today we are reading the story about the Zoramites and how Alma, his brethren, two of his sons, and a couple other missionaries including Zeezrom taught them the gospel.  Can you believe that Zeezrom is a missionary now?!  What a wonderful conversion story he has!

Here are some of my favorite verses from Chapter 31…

Alma 31:27
"Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride.  Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are puffed up, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world."

Alma 31:31
"Oh Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ.  O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people."

    Comfort in Afflictions

  • President Lorenzo Snow (1814–1901) spoke of the blessings that come through tribulation:
    President Lorenzo Snow
    “I suppose I am talking to some who have had worry and trouble and heart burnings and persecution, and have at times been caused to think that they never expected to endure quite so much. But for everything you have suffered, for everything that has occurred to you which you thought an evil at that time, you will receive fourfold, and that suffering will have had a tendency to make you better and stronger and to feel that you have been blessed. When you look back over your experiences you will then see that you have advanced far ahead and have gone up several rounds of the ladder toward exaltation and glory. …
    “Take it individually or take it collectively, we have suffered and we shall have to suffer again; and why? Because the Lord requires it at our hands for our sanctification” 
Alma 31:35
"Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee."

This is one of my favorite scriptures.  How kind of Alma to point out that "their souls are precious".  I know that this is true and that Heavenly Father loves ALL of his children.  Even those who are choosing to do the wrong thing.  It's probably very similar to having our own children.  We still love them all but still can be disappointed at some of the choices they make.

Alma 31:38
"And the Lord provided for them that they should hunger not, neither should they thrust; yea, and he also gave them strength, that they should suffer no manner of afflictions, save it were swallowed up in the joy of Christ.  Now this was according to the prayer of Alma; and this because he prayed in faith."

I have so many favorites in Chapter 32 to share with you all.  One of the greatest lessons on Faith is explained in this chapter.  I am going to share all of the verses here.  I would definitely highlight all of these in your scriptures if you haven't' already.  I often think about this concept and faith being compared to a seed.

Alma 32:27-43

 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
 28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
 29 Now behold, would not this increase your faith? I say unto you, Yea; nevertheless it hath not grown up to a perfect knowledge.
 30 But behold, as the seed swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, then you must needs say that the seed is good; for behold it swelleth, and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow. And now, behold, will not this strengthen your faith? Yea, it will strengthen your faith: for ye will say I know that this is a good seed; for behold it sprouteth and beginneth to grow.
 31 And now, behold, are ye sure that this is a good seed? I say unto you, Yea; for every seed bringeth forth unto its own likeness.
 32 Therefore, if a seed groweth it is good, but if it groweth not, behold it is not good, therefore it is cast away.
 33 And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good.
 34 And now, behold, is your  knowledge perfect? Yea, your knowledge is perfect in that thing, and your faith is dormant; and this because you know, for ye know that the word hath swelled your souls, and ye also know that it hath sprouted up, that your understanding doth begin to be enlightened, and your mind doth begin to expand.
 35 O then, is not this real? I say unto you, Yea, because it is light; and whatsoever is light, is good, because it is discernible, therefore ye must know that it is good; and now behold, after ye have tasted this light is your knowledge perfect?
 36 Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither must ye lay aside your faith, for ye have only exercised your faith to plant the seed that ye might try the experiment to know if the seed was good.
 37 And behold, as the tree beginneth to grow, ye will say: Let us nourish it with great care, that it may get root, that it may grow up, and bring forth fruit unto us. And now behold, if ye nourish it with much care it will get root, and grow up, and bring forth fruit.
 38 But if ye neglect the tree, and take no thought for its nourishment, behold it will not get any root; and when the heat of the sun cometh and scorcheth it, because it hath no root it withers away, and ye pluck it up and cast it out.
 39 Now, this is not because the seed was not good, neither is it because the fruit thereof would not be desirable; but it is because your ground is barren, and ye will not nourish the tree, therefore ye cannot have the fruit thereof.
 40 And thus, if ye will not nourish the word, looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof, ye can never pluck of the fruit of the tree of life.
 41 But if ye will nourish the word, yea, nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof, it shall take root; and behold it shall be a tree springing up unto everlasting life.
 42 And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.
 43 Then, my brethren, ye shall reap the rewards of your faith, and your diligence, and patience, and long-suffering, waiting for the tree to bring forth fruit unto you.
I wanted to share some of the pictures of seeds that I grew into plants this year.  As I was growing my garden this year, I thought of these scriptures often.

I wanted to close by sharing my absolute FAVORITE scripture from today's readings and sharing a Primary song called Faith.

Alma 32:21
"And now as I said concerning faith -- faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true."

Have a great night!  Talk with you tomorrow!


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