Alma Chapter 31
What’s happening? Alma and those with him see how the Zoramites have convoluted the gospel.
Why does it matter? This chapter shows how easy it is for the prideful to fall so far away from doctrine.
Between the Lines: Here we see two prayers, juxtaposed.
Quote of the day: “Prayer is a gift from God.” ~ CF McConkie, 2016
31:5 Why does “preaching of the word” lead people to do good?
31:14-23 What do the prayers of the Zoramites tell us about them?
“Pride is the great sin of self-elevation. It is for so many a personal Rameumptom, a holy stand that justifies envy, greed, and vanity.” ~ DF Uchtdorf
31:30-35 How was Alma’s prayer different than the Zoramites’ prayers?
“Alma did not pray to have his afflictions removed. He knew he was an agent of the Lord, and he prayed for the power to act and affect his situation.” ~ DA Bednar
31:38 How can we endure affliction and trials?
“For everything you have suffered, for everything that has occurred to you which you thought an evil at that time, you will receive fourfold, and that suffering will have had a tendency to make you better and stronger and to feel that you have been blessed.” ~ Lorenzo Snow
“Understand the principle of compensation. The Lord compensates the faithful for every loss. That which is taken away from those who love the Lord will be added unto them in His own way. While it may not come at the time we desire, the faithful will know that every tear today will eventually be returned a hundredfold with tears of rejoicing and gratitude.” ~ JB Wirthlin, 2008