He That Will Not Harden His Heart – Alma 12:9-11

9 And now Alma began to expound these things unto him, saying: It is given unto many to know the mysteries of God; nevertheless they are laid under a strict command that they shall not impart only according to the portion of his word which he doth grant unto the children of men, according to the heed and diligence which they give unto him.
10 And therefore, he that will harden his heart, the same receiveth the lesser portion of the word; and he that will not harden his heart, to him is given the greater portion of the word, until it is given unto him to know the mysteries of God until he know them in full.
11 And they that will harden their hearts, to them is given the lesser portion of the word until they know nothing concerning his mysteries; and then they are taken captive by the devil, and led by his will down to destruction. Now this is what is meant by the chains of hell.
Alma delivered these words to a hostile audience in the city of Ammonihah. He wanted them to understand that they couldn’t learn the truths he was sent to teach unless they were teachable. He knew what it was like to have a hard heart. He had been rebellious as a young man. He knew by experience that those who harden their hearts receive “the lesser portion of the word,” and that enlightenment only comes to those who are humble.
Dale G. Renlund shared how he learned this principle from a Church leader:

President Henry B. Eyring has pointed out that one of the pitfalls of gaining knowledge is the development of hubris, which is the arrogance that can come when we think we know so much that there is nothing left to learn. We have all seen this in individuals who are too certain of their own brilliance. It is really hard to teach a know-it-all….
Mindful of this risk and desirous to be a lifelong determined learner, President Eyring said, “I am still a child with lots to learn. Most folks can teach me something.” When he extended the call to me to be a General Authority, President Eyring taught me an important lesson. He said that when he hears someone tell a story that he has heard before or use a scripture that he is very familiar with, he asks himself the questions Why is the Lord underlining that for me? and What have I yet to learn from that story or scripture? Likewise, if we wish to increase our spiritual stability, we will be willing to learn and we will be sufficiently humble to accept guidance no matter our age and experience (“Constructing Spiritual Stability,” BYU Devotional Address, September 16, 2014).

Today, I will be teachable and will remember that I have much to learn. I will listen to the people around me with an open heart and mind. I will also humble myself as I study the scriptures and pray, so that I can accept the truths my Heavenly Father wants to teach me. 
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