“And thou didst hear me because of mine afflictions and my sincerity; and it is because
of thy Son that thou has been thus merciful unto me, therefore I will cry unto thee
in all mine afflictions, for in thee is my joy; for thou hast turned thy judgments
away from me, because of thy Son.”
In the Book of Mormon a group of people (Zoramites) who were not allowed in the houses
of worship because of their poverty questioned the missionary Alma as to how they
could worship God. He quoted an ancient prophet Zenos in teaching that they could
pray anywhere and any time, and God would hear and respond.
Alma’s missionary companion Amulek answered the poor Zoramites’ question of how to
worship God outside of a dedicated building. He very eloquently told them to pray
always, in all places, and for all things important to them.
Cry unto him in field and house, and over all that’s dear;
Cry morning, midday, cry at night, and God our plea will hear.
The Book of Mormon gives three different accounts of the conversion of Alma the Younger,
who later became the chief judge and high priest over the Nephite people in Zarahemla.
This chapter is a transcript of his own words to his son Helaman, as he prepared
to give him the prophet responsibility and the gold plate records. It is a beautiful
and eloquent description of his agony because of sin, and his joy in Christ’s grace
and forgiveness. In addition, it is “one of the finest examples of chiastic composition
anywhere in world literature.”
Recently the Church published the first known photographs of one of Joseph Smith’s
seer stones. Although sources vary, Joseph Smith apparently found a seer stone when
he was 16-years-old while digging a well near his home. Using this stone, Joseph
developed his capacity as a seer, searching for buried treasure and lost items. He
would later apply this gift to translate the Book of Mormon. With the Hill Cumorah
in the background, this painting depicts the youthful Joseph finding his stone, prophesied
in the Book of Mormon, “I will prepare unto my servant Gazelem, a stone” (Alma 37:23).