Journey through the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 27 (Good Comfort)

24 For, said he, I have repented of my sins, and have been redeemed of the Lord; behold I am born of the Spirit.

25 And the Lord said unto me: Marvel not that all mankind, yea, men and women, all nations, kindreds, tongues and people, must be born again; yea, born of God, changed from their carnal and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, being redeemed of God, becoming his sons and daughters;

26 And thus they become new creatures; and unless they do this, they can in nowise inherit the kingdom of God.

27 I say unto you, unless this be the case, they must be cast off; and this I know, because I was like to be cast off.

28 Nevertheless, after wading through much tribulation, repenting nigh unto death, the Lord in mercy hath seen fit to snatch me out of an everlasting burning, and I am born of God.

29 My soul hath been redeemed from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment; but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more.

I love that the Book of Mormon describes Alma the younger message as one of good comfort. This message truly is one that should being us comfort. For bot only does Alma warm that all men must be born again, but he promises is through his personal experience that we in fact can be redeemed and born again through the atonement of Jesus Christ.

Sometimes it can be discouraging being left to wonder if we can actually make it back to our heavenly father. We are so imperfect and prone to all of the flaws of humanity. And we begin to doubt the power of the atonement go truly fix us. 

Alma teaches through his words, but even more so through his example that we can in fact be transformed. Just as with Paul, good took someone who was very far from him and redeemed him through a great show of strength to show us that we too can make it.

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