Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Days 35-36 "Alma's Call" Alma -10-16 pgs 230-250
Today we had a funny situation arise. We only have three copies of the apartment key. My daughter and I left the house early in the morning and took one, My son left in the afternoon, locking the door behind him and took the other. When I got home from work, I was keyless and locked out. I rang the bell so hubby could let me in, but he was keyless and unable to open the door. So I was locked out and he was locked in. Weird, huh. I called my daughter at work and she left immediately, arriving one hour later. I spent my time setting on the floor outside our apartment reading “The Message” by Lance Richardson and eating my lunch. Since it was Ramadan and the restaurants are closed and it’s illegal to eat or drink in public, I had to buy an apple, cheese croissant and pop from the downstairs grocery.
From today’s reading, I’ve chosen to share Alma’s call to repentance. In light of my other reading of the day, it makes the call even more relevant. “The Message” is a true account of a return from the Spirit World. The author was taken out of his comatose body three times to the Spirit World and taught a message for the people of the world. He was warned that America was on the brink of self-destruction unless the people return to morals and values and eternal truths, worship God individually and as a nation, strengthen our families, and love and serve one another. It is so true that those days of cleansing have begun in earnest and We will be cleansed from off the face of the earth unless we cleanse our hearts, repent and return to God.
Alma 13:  And now, my brethren, I wish from the inmost part of my heart, yea, with great anxiety even unto pain, that ye would hearken unto my words, and cast off your sins, and not procrastinate the day of your repentance;
 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;
 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his rest.
 And may the Lord grant unto you repentance, that ye may not bring down his wrath upon you, that ye may not be bound down by the chains of hell, that ye may not suffer the second death.
I would that my family, my relatives, friends and countrymen would repent, come unto Christ and worship God, that we may survive the great cleansing of the earth from wickedness.
Good luck with your own study of the B of M. I'm enjoying the challenge greatly and hope you are too.
Joseph Smith Jr.
families are forever