Today is Madi’s 4th birthday. How the time has passed so fast. We came to Grandma and Grandpa Moller’s house this weekend to go fishing with Caleb & Leroy Ulrich and then to celebrate Madi’s special day.
Alma 37:6-7 “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me, but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
“And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.”
One question that comes to mind as I read this scripture was “What are the ‘small and simple things’?”
My first answer would be the easy answers:
3. Serving others
I feel the “proof” of these simple things is in the fact that Alma talks about the importance of keeping the records they are writing about safe. He says, “…yeah, these records and their words brought [the Lamanites] unto repentance; that is, they brought them to the knowledge of the Lord their God, and to rejoice in Jesus Christ their Redeemer.
“And who knoweth but what they will be the means of bringing many thousands of them, yeah, and also many thousands of our stiff-necked brethren, the Nephites, who are now hardening their hearts in sin and iniquities, to the knowledge of their Redeemer?
“And it may suffice if I only say they are preserved for a wise purpose, which purpose is known unto God; for he doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight, and his course is one eternal round…” (Alma 37:9,10,12)
Alma talks about serving others and how, through service, we can become humble:
“Teach them to never be weary of good works, but to be meek and lowly in heart; for such shall find rest to their souls.” (vs. 34)
Later in the same chapter, he teaches his son Helaman about the power of prayer.
“Counsel with the Lord in all they doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let they heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.” (vs. 37)
We’re watching the Book of Mormon movie about the Brother of Jared. He went to the Lord asking what he should do. The Lord gave him some guidance and then asked, “What do you think you should do?” This caused the Brother of Jared to meditate and ponder on what he should do.
He came up with the idea to get stones. He took them to the Lord and said, “Here’s my idea…” and the Lord helped him.
As I looked for this scripture account in Ether, I found this interesting scripture:
“And it came to pass at the end of four years that the Lord came again unto the brother of Jared, and stood in a cloud and talked with him. And for the space of three hours did the Lord talk with the brother of Jared, and chastened him because he remembered not to call upon the name of the Lord.”