They Did Prick Their Hearts With the Word – Jarom 1:11-12

11 Wherefore, the prophets, and the priests, and the teachers, did labor diligently, exhorting with all long-suffering the people to diligence;…
12 And it came to pass that by so doing they kept them from being destroyed upon the face of the land; for they did prick their hearts with the word, continually stirring them up unto repentance.
Many physical diseases get worse over time and are easiest to heal if detected early.  The longer you wait, the more painful and invasive the treatment is likely to be.
Why do we attend church meetings every Sunday?  The same reason we have physical exams regularly, even if we’re in good health.  Taking our spiritual pulse, evaluating our behavior against the standards of the gospel, and even being “pricked” or “stirred up” by the words we hear can help us detect spiritual maladies early and make necessary course corrections while it’s still relatively easy.
Think, for example, about how imperceptibly we can become proud if we’re not vigilant.  Mormon described a group of Nephites who were prosperous and successful but who were beginning to allow pride into their hearts, “and it did grow upon them from day to day” (Helaman 3:36).  Routine maintenance is easier and less disruptive than crisis management.
As I attend my church meetings this week, I will allow myself to be “pricked” and “stirred up unto repentance.”  I will take the opportunity to learn what I need to repent of, and I will act upon the promptings I receive.
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2 Responses to They Did Prick Their Hearts With the Word – Jarom 1:11-12

  1. colbycheese says:

    Perhaps you are shocked that I discovered this page. I just googled a this Jarom scripture and it came up. Thanks for your insightful wisdom on the verse.


  2. I'm glad you found it useful. Thanks for letting me know!


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