19 I say unto you, can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances?
Alma gave up the role of Chief Judge so that he could better fulfill his role as High Priest. He traveled throughout the land teaching the gospel and encouraging the people to repent and turn to Jesus Christ.
Alma taught that the people must be spiritually born of God and experience a mighty change of heart in order to be prepared to meet God. He asked the people many questions that we can also ask ourselves to check our own hearts. For example, he asked:
It’s important to check in with ourselves regularly to make sure we are preparing ourselves to meet God. If we repent and have a change of heart, we can be washed clean through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and meet God with clean hands and a pure heart.
“We speak of people with faint hearts, wise hearts, pure hearts, willing hearts, deceitful hearts, conniving hearts, courageous hearts, cold hearts, hearts of stone, or selfish hearts. The measure of our hearts is the measure of our total performance. As used by the Lord, the “heart” of a person describes his effort to better self, or others, or the conditions he confronts.” Marvin J. Ashton
What does it mean to be spiritually born of God? (Discuss ideas)
How can we prepare to meet God? (Discuss ideas)
How can we know for ourselves that these things are true? ( See Alma 5:45-58. Discuss ideas)
These lessons are perfect for: Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, to recap the following Sunday or to enhance your family scripture study.
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