Friday, May 26, 2017

Alma 12:7-8 -- On Pride and Salvation

"Now when Alma had spoken these words, Zeezrom began to tremble more exceedingly, for he was convinced more and more of the power of God; and he was also convinced that Alma and Amulek had a knowledge of him, for he was convinced that they knew the thoughts and intents of his heart; for power was given unto them that they might know of these things according to the spirit of prophecy.
And Zeezrom began to inquire of them diligently, that he might know more concerning the kingdom of God. And he said unto Alma: What does this mean which Amulek hath spoken concerning the resurrection of the dead, that all shall rise from the dead, both the just and the unjust, and are brought to stand before God to be judged according to their works?"
Alma 12:7-8

Zeezrom impresses me here because he realizes that he has been unable to carry out his plan of embarrassing and mocking these men of God, and has, to a certain degree at least, been embarrassed in return, and yet despite that, instead of keeping up the pretense of being right, or saying something pithy and stomping off in a huff, he humbles himself and realizes that there is something here that he needs to learn, and he changes tactics, and jumps in and actually tries to learn it.  He doesn't let his pride get in the way of the truth, and his eventual salvation.  I want to be more like that.

Today, as we learn of God and face challenges and setbacks, especially to our pride, let's work to see past our embarrassment and hurt feelings, and embrace the truth whenever we find it.  Let's be willing to let go of our goals and our plans in favor of God's, whenever we discover that they are in conflict... immediately, without trying to hang on to our shattered souvenirs of failure and falsehood, no matter how invested we were.  God is all.  Zeezrom saw that, although so many other bad guys in the scriptures did not, and *he* was saved, unlike them.  When we find out that we're being the bad guys, let's stop in our tracks and turn around.  Let's not let our pride get in the way of our salvation.


  1. Luckily he was saved after humbling himself,(good choice for him)good post I like it.

  2. Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by. :)


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