Alma 29 – Righteous Desires

After mentioning the spiritual inequality between man because of their choices in this life, Alma makes a zealous plea that he could be an angel, so he could “speak with the trump of God, with a voice to shake the earth, and cry repentance unto every people.” (1)

I often wonder if he got this wish eventually when his mortal life ended. Has God sent him to proclaim repentance and the gospel of Christ to unknown numbers of people around the earth?

  • What is my greatest desire?
  • Does it align with God’s will?
  • Do I seek to do good and help as many people as I can?

Alma’s Christlike desire is so intense and beautiful.  

Yea, I would declare unto every soul, as with the voice of thunder, repentance and the plan of redemption, that they should repent and come unto our God, that there might not be more sorrow upon all the face of the earth.”

Alma 29:2

Peace on earth can only come from hearts softening unto repentance.

Alma then says, “I ought to be content with the things which the Lord hath allotted unto me.” (3)

Wise words. Be content with what God gives us.

Do I ever wish to do grander things in God’s kingdom, instead of the calling I’ve been assigned. Maybe what I’ve been asked to do is out of my comfort zone or harder than I thought it would be. Maybe it seems less important than some other way I could be serving. If you’re ever discontent with your place in the kingdom of God, ask these questions:

  • Why do I serve?
  • Is it for glory from others?
  • Or do I seek to glorify God in what I’ve been asked to do, even if it is some humble way that no one else notices but Him?

I know that which the Lord hath commanded me, and I glory in it. I do not glory of myself, but I glory in that which the Lord hath commanded me; yea, and this is my glory, that perhaps I may be an instrument in the hands of God to bring some soul to repentance; and this is my joy.”

Alma 29:9

Alma’s heart truly had been changed. This is shown by his righteous desires of wanting to do what God asked of him and also wanting to share that light with everyone he could.

What I find cool about his desire to help others is that it also blesses him at the same time with increasing joy.

And behold, when I see many of my brethren truly penitent, and coming to the Lord their God, then is my soul filled with joy; then do I remember what the Lord has done for me, yea, even that he hath heard my prayer; yea, then do I remember his merciful arm which he extended towards me.”

Alma 29:10

Sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with others helps us remember His mercy to us, which brings joy that surpasseth understanding. This remembering helps keep our hearts softened and humble, keeping pride at bay. It helps us love our Savior more, and in return, He helps us love ourselves and others more fully, with His love.

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Resources:

Come Follow Me manual – Book of Mormon 2020

2 thoughts on “Alma 29 – Righteous Desires

  1. Thanks, Alan. It seems almost everything can be misunderstood…or understood differently by different readers. But I love these Alma chapters so much. 🙂 They’re so full of wisdom.

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