Sunday, November 15, 2009

Alma 13

The gospel comes to us in "in plain terms, that we may understand, that we cannot err; and this because of our being wanderers in a strange land; therefore, we are thus highly favored, for we have these glad tidings declared unto us in all parts of our vineyard." (v.23) Sometimes the gospel doesn't seem plain, especially in the Bible. I'm so thankful for other witnesses for Jesus Christ that make the simple truths of the gospel clear and help me understand the teachings of ancient prophets and apostles recorded in the Old and New Testament.

One thing that is clear from all of our scriptures is that Jesus Christ will come again in glory. I read this wish expressed by Alma and felt the same way:

25 And now we only wait to hear the joyful news declared unto us by the mouth of angels, of his coming; for the time cometh, we know not how soon. Would to God that it might be in my day; but let it be sooner or later, in it I will rejoice.

Especially for my sweet family - those I love most, I feel what Alma expressed:

27 . . .  I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
28 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;
29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.

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