The damage of pride goes deep. But, how often do we see people around us, placing themselves above others for all manner of reasons? So sad.
I do love how it speaks in the beginning that the power of the word is stronger than the sword.
Alma 31:5 "it had a more powerful effect...than a sword, or anything else"
The central theme of the Zoramite account is the answer to the question about the reality of the coming of Jesus Christ. Therefore, these chapters of Alma 31-34 are vital to the divine design of the BoM as another testament of Jesus Christ. (BoM Reference Companion,)
The Zoramite prayer is a SELF centered prayer… Heart set on gold, silver, vain things…We are better… We cannot mix with others; we are separate…Boasting; pride. Do you ever look at somebody else and immediately dismiss them in your mind as being unimportant, beneath you, or a “nobody” because they are poor, heavy, unattractive, nerdy, “stupid”?
All of us have talents that others don’t…does that make you any better than they? Satan is the master of pride—he instigated it in the pre-mortal world. Whether you verbalize it or not (like the Zoramites), when we compare ourselves to someone else and find we are better, faster, higher, smarter, richer, more this and more that and we look down on them for not being the same, then we are no different than the Zoramites. All of us will be judged by our thoughts, words and deeds.
Boyd K. Packer said: “True doctrine, understood, changes attitudes and behavior. The study of the doctrines of the gospel will improve behavior quicker than a study of behavior will improve behavior.”
What Alma says next in his prayer is rather unexpected. His prayer is for others… Give us patience… Their souls are precious… Give us power and wisdom to bring our brethren to thee… Grant us success to bring people to Christ.
What did you think/learn today?