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Book of Mormon Study - Alma 38

It is never too late to gain a testimony and live righteously, but how blessed are they who learn in their youth. How much more work they can do, more good they can do as they grow in the gospel. Alma was pleased that Shiblon was faithful, but he still wanted to emphasize a few things:

Obedience brings blessings of prosperity
They that endure will be blessed
Bear afflictions with patience and long-suffering
Trust God
Testimony comes from the Spirit
Salvation only can come through Christ
Teach others
Be diligent and temperate
Be humble
Be bold
Bridle passions
Work hard (don't be idle or lazy)
Be filled with love
Pray sincerely
Be sober (serious)

If my children never learn much from me, I'd want them to learn those things.  Sadly, I've fail at least one.  :(  It is a pretty good To-Be and To-Do list, one that I think all could benefit from following.  I guess the only way to really reach "the one" is to practice it myself.

I know it's hard for me to see my children suffer. None of them have been stoned or imprisoned (yet- fingers crossed) but they have had their little share of difficulties. It's hard when I can't make it go away. I shouldn't try to. All I can do is follow Alma's example and point the way to where thy can receive strength, deliverance, peace and rest. I can teach them how to receive their own testimonies, and live and and teach in a way that prepares them to feel the Holy Ghost testify of its truthfulness.

What did you think/learn today?


  1. You have not "failed at least one". You are pointing the way and living your testimony. Love you! I learned today that The Lord Rocked big time as he spoke to Moses in Leviticus! We left no sin unturned when he was laying it all out there for us to know His intentions when he was saying "Thou shalt". Love it!


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