Today’s Reading: Alma 14:18-29
26 And Alma cried, saying: How long shall we suffer these great afflictions, O Lord? O Lord, give us strength according to our faith which is in Christ, even unto deliverance. And they broke the cords with which they were bound; and when the people saw this, they began to flee, for the fear of destruction had come upon them.
Every time I attend the temple I am struck in awe at the simple beauty and deep, quiet power that is held there-in it’s people. The building and grounds themselves hold peace and love and the people within it hold the most gentle and yet awe-inspiring power. I imagine the scene in today’s reading; between Alma, Amulek and the judges to be much the same quiet, gentle power. After 12 days of little to no food and water I can’t imagine Alma had much of a booming voice – I imagine it would have been horse and dry, and quiet maybe even inaudible to the human ears – but cry out in faith he did and the Lord did answer his humble cry.
How many times in our lives have we felt spiritually if not physically tired, hungry, beat down by the world and smote on our cheeks? And how many of those times have we found ourselves kneeling on the floor and being wrapped in that quiet, awe-inspiring power of love and tenderness. How many times have we had the privilege of giving and being that quiet power in someone else’s lives?
Sister’s I bear my testimony to you today of the deep and everlasting power and love that your Father in Heaven has for you. If you are feeling lost, weary, frustrated or smitten on your cheek by your children, spouse, loved ones, friends, co-workers, or anyone else in your life I testify to you today that the Lord has not forgotten you. Call upon His power and he will be there for you. In quiet, simple, humbling ways, He will be there for you. Through His humble servants, some of which might very well be well educated doctors, He will be there for you. All of our time, our talents and our means are gifts from God. Not only our own, but our fellow men. They are gifts that are meant to be used, so please reach out. He wants to take your hand and guide you safely home.