Saturday, August 17, 2013

Alma 32:42

"And because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it, that it may take root in you, behold, by and by ye shall pluck the fruit thereof, which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst."
Alma 32:42

Earlier in this chapter it talks about comparing the word of God to a seed, and planting it within ourselves... trying the experiment to see if it will grow, and whether it makes us happy. :)  And when we try that, it works, which is great, and that helps us know that God matters, and that our lives are better with him.  I think though that often we stop there, at the experiment stage.  We think, okay, God exists, I acknowledge that, and we feel like we've done something huge.  And perhaps for us that is a huge step... but it is only one, and it definitely shouldn't be the last step.
When we gain a testimony of God, no matter how small, it's something great, and gives us an anchor to hold on to when things get tough sometimes.  But in order to continue and to learn, we need to build on it... we need to continue down God's path.  Earlier in the chapter God's word was compared to a seed, and this is a seed which can grow into a plant and bear fruit.  And yes, that takes time, and we're generally pretty impatient as a society.  But just bear in mind that this is the best fruit IN THE UNIVERSE, okay?  Today, let's take the time to nourish our testimonies, to learn more of God's word, work, and will, and continue building our relationships with God.  This is good, for sure, but it gets better. :)

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