Skip to main content

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 13

Sometimes I wonder what would it have been like to hear Alma as he spoke these words. He felt it so passionately, to the point in verse 27 when he said it caused him anxiety even unto pain. I have felt that way when I think of my children. I want the best for them. I want them to happy, to make good choices, to receive blessings and have faith. I want it so bad it hurts.


But, Alma felt this for people he didn't know. Perhaps it’s a bit like when a Bishop says he loves each member if his congregation, or when President Monson says he loves and appreciates and prays for each member of the church (all 16 million of us.) Is it possible to feel that way for people we don't know, and perhaps never met?

Yes.

Well, I haven't felt love for others I don’t know to the extent of Alma, but I have on a smaller level. It happens when I am sharing my testimony of the gospel and the Savior. It happens because I know how I feel, and I want that for the people that I'm testifying to. I want them to feel what I'm feeling. I want them to feel the Savior’s love… I especially want this for my family.

I know this feeling doesn’t really have anything to do with me. It has all to do with Heavenly Father allowing someone to feel the love that He has for someone else. I know I don’t really have the capacity to love that much. But I know God does! That's how I feel about my kids always (well, most always, lol.) And, when I open the windows to heaven as I testify (the same thing that happens to all of us when we testify of the truth) I feel it for others.

It's quite miraculous.

I also love the straight-forwardness of Alma. He wanted them to be humble and to have faith. He spoke of the importance of the Priesthood and of course, the Savior. He spoke of the love of God and repentance. It was beautiful exhortation.

What did you learn?

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).


That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …