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Book of Mormon Study - Alma 33

For some reason, this verse struck a chord with me as I read Alma 33:

11 And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because of thy Son that thou hast been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments away from me, because of thy Son.

I was reminded of a great talk on the Atonement today in Sacrament Meeting.  A young man that I am close to and is the best friend of my wayward son was also giving his farewell talk before he leaves on his mission tomorrow.  His testimony was powerful - an answer to prayer because my son heard it.  Now the prayer is that it will move him - that it will be a seed to be planted and grown.  My relationship with my Savior is most prevalent on my mind and in my heart today.

It is interesting to me the Lord gets upset with these people because they don't understand what the Savior did for them, and their relationship with Him. That's how important it is.  But as I watch my son, I am beginning to see that this "upset" is more sadness and disappointment.

In the scriptures we read that Eternal Life is to know God and Jesus Christ. I have to remind myself of that when I get wrapped up in the minutia of life: chores, work, errands, housecleaning, laundry, dieting, etc. I have to bring myself to the place- mentally, spiritually and emotionally- where I can put those things into perspective and look to Him for my worth, not my clean house, the success of my children, the scale or anything else. I need to look at my relationship and testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and Our Father, Heavenly Father. If that is OK- everything else will work itself out in the end.


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