I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from The Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein. The spirit of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow. The spirit of contention will depart. Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom. Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents. Righteousness will increase. Faith, hope, and charity - the pure love of Christ - will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness.
- President Marion G. Romney

Thursday, July 10, 2008


Sorry for the late post today -- been tending to the little ones. I am going to be at my little guy's cardiologist appointment tomorrow, so there won't be a post. We have only one chapter left -- Alma 29. This is Alma's great psalm -- there is so much to be learned here about humility, strength, wisdom, and love. Please share your thoughts!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Every time I read "Oh, that I were an angel..." the song comes readily to my mind. I love that song and I love this chapter! I see such desire and such strength, and yet such humility in every part of Alma. He knows his weaknesses and admits them freely, but it's funny, because as I read verse 3, I can't help but think "Oh, to have a weakness like Alma. He just wants to bring the Gospel to the world and yet he sees this desire as a sin because he feels he should be content with what the Lord has given him" and often I wonder, am I content with what the Lord has given or "allotted" unto me?

I think most people find themselves always wishing for more. I'm always wishing for more. More time. More money. More strength. More desire. I don't think Alma was saying he should be content with mediocrity, but with the fact that the Lord knows what's best.

In verse 9, where he says he does not glory in himself, I can see that in missionaries as they return from their missions. They don't want the glory --they just want the world to know about the plan of Salvation. What a beautiful desire, eh?

In verse 14, Alma shows his joy in the success of others. I know in my life I've had glimpses of this --feeling so much happiness for another's success or personal joy that it's been overwhelming! Sometimes I cannot handle the emotion and I've felt like I would burst --just like Alma describes in verse 16, "so great is my joy".

I love this chapter! So full of love, hope, and righteous desire. Something I want to obtain for myself. Sounds selfish, eh? Ah, well. "Oh, that I were an angel..." :)