28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
After Alma had prayed for the Zoramites, he tried to teach them. Because the poor people were cast out of the synagogues, they thought they could not worship God. They had become humble and teachable, and asked Alma for help. Alma taught them that they could pray and worship anywhere.
Alma also taught the Zoramites about faith, saying that, “faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32: 21). He compared the word of God to a seed. He said that if you plant the seed of the word of God in your heart, and nourish it with belief and the Spirit of the Lord, your faith and testimony will grow and bring forth good fruit.
Alma continued to explain how the Zoramites could exercise their faith, and he taught them from the scriptures. Amulek also taught about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Soon the new converts joined the people of Ammon in the land of Jershon.
We can plant the word of God in our own hearts. If we nourish it by prayer, scripture study, and keeping the commandments, our testimonies will grow.
“So a seed of faith is already planted in your heart. You may even have felt some of the expansion of your heart promised in Alma. I did. But, like a growing plant, it must be nurtured or it will wither. Frequent and heartfelt prayers of faith are crucial and needed nutrients. Obedience to the truth you have received will keep the testimony alive and strengthen it. Obedience to the commandments is part of the nourishment you must provide for your testimony.” Henry B. Eyring
What is faith? (Discuss ideas)
How do you know if you have a testimony? (Discuss ideas)
Do you have to grow your own testimony or can someone give you a testimony? (Discuss ideas)
Why is it important to have faith and gain a testimony? (Discuss ideas)
In this fun activity, family members take turns choosing a petal or leaf, reading the testimony growing words (with help if necessary) on it, then answering the question to create spiritual flowers to help testimonies grow.
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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