Thursday, March 31, 2016

Alma 19:31-32 -- On Hearing and Going God's Way

"And he, immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began to rebuke them, and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon; and as many as heard his words believed, and were converted unto the Lord.
But there were many among them who would not hear his words; therefore they went their way."
Alma 19:31-32

This is interesting because it says "as many as heard his words believed, and were converted," and in the next verse it says "but there were many . . . who would not hear."  A good reminder that sound hitting our eardrums doesn't amount to much.  Maybe this is a good thing to keep in mind as we prepare for this weekend's General Conference.  The prophets and other inspired speakers are going to talk.  Sound will come out of their mouths and we will have the opportunity to hear, but whether we do or not depends not only on whether we make time to listen to the broadcast, but also whether we open our hearts and our minds to the lessons that God is trying to teach us.

Today, let's hear what the Lord is saying.  Let's be open to his voice, and the opportunities that he offers us.  Let's tune into his voice above the noise of the world and even before our own biases.  Let's learn and choose HIS way, and not our own way.

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