Emily Belle Freeman
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THIS IS MY JOY

AND MY GREAT REJOICING

Try the Experiment

Alma 31:10 - Alma 34:1

Have you noticed that Alma has a great talent for asking questions that cause you to think?

He is brilliant at it.

At a future time when I have some time to devote to a project I would love to make a list of all of Alma's questions and then spend some time reflecting and pondering on how I would answer those questions.

Today my mind is focused on one particular question and how I might apply it better in my own life.

It is this:

"And moreover, I would ask, do ye suppose that ye must not worship God only once in a week?"  (Alma 32:11)

The first time I read this verse I spent some time reflecting on the way I worship.  I asked myself, what is the difference between my Sunday worship and my daily worship?

That led me to wonder what my daily worship consisted of.

And that led my thoughts to my daily scripture study, because in the moments when I set aside the momentum of my day to focus on holy words contained within guilded pages, I worship.

Lately my moments of worship have been filled with tidbits of personal revelation just like Alma promised...

"And now, he imparteth his word by angels unto men, yea, not only men but women also. Now this is not all; little children do have words given unto them many times, which confound the wise and the learned" (Alma 32:23).

I realize that this has happened for me.  The revelation has come in small doses, a phrase at a time.  I read the words and my heart fills with warmth and I know there is a lesson there for me.

So I write down those words on scraps of paper that I have placed as reminders throughout my house...and I wait for the lesson to come.

Just as Alma teaches about personal revelation, he also teaches what we must do with the words we are given.

"Believe, yea, even on his word."  (Alma 32:22)

"Prepare your minds...plant the word in your hearts...try the experiment of its goodness."  (Alma 34:3-4)

I want to learn from Alma, from this teacher who leads me with questions, who teaches through invitation.  So every day within my worship I will watch for the words that warm my heart.

Because I trust God, I will believe.

I will prepare my mind to learn.

I will let my heart lead the way.

I will try the experiment of the words that I have written.

And I will learn.

Emily Freeman