Alma

Alma 33

Alma 33 is a bit shorter than the last chapter, but just as significant in my opinion.

After Alma shared his thoughts on how to have and nurture faith, he sent about surveyors among the multitude to find out if they felt that they should believe in one God.  Alma quickly reminds the people of Zenos, a prophet of old whose writings were on the plates of brass that were brought to the America’s by Lehi’s family.

Zenos taught that you could pray anywhere.  He specifically mentions praying in the wilderness, praying in the field, praying in the home, praying in a closet, praying within the heart, and praying within a large group.  Zenos taught that God answers prayers in all of these situations when prayer is offered in sincerity and with humility.

Alma continued teaching the Zoramites that if they believed what Zenos said regarding prayer, then one must also believe other words from Zenos, including that there is one God and that the Son of God will come.  Alma then shares name of other prophets, including Moses who professed the coming of a Messiah to the earth and would be redeemed for all of mankind.  Verse 22 reads: “If so, wo shall come upon you; but if not so, then cast about your eyes and begin to believe in the Son of God, that he will come to redeem his people, and that he shall suffer and die to atone for their sins, and that he shall rise again from the dead, which shall bring to pass the resurrection, that all men shall stand before him, to be judged at the last and judgment day, according to their works.”  This verse is the a really good summation, and I love it a lot.  As Alma 33 closes, Alma reminds the Zoramites to plant this word (verse 22) in their hearts and let it be nourished so that God can pour blessings among them.

And I write this, leaving a prayer for your blessings with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

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