6 And now when Alma heard this, he turned him about, his face immediately towards him, and he beheld with great joy; for he beheld that their afflictions had truly humbled them, and that they were in a preparation to hear the word.
I’m thinking this week about how I can prepare myself to hear the word of God. Mormon’s description of the poor among the Zoramites has given me some thoughts about preparing to be taught.
These Zoramites were prepared because they were humble, and they were humble because of their afflictions. The challenges we face can prepare us, if we let them, to ask soul-searching questions and receive profound answers.
The good news is that we don’t have to be struggling as much as these Zoramites were in order be humble and teachable. Alma reassured them, “I verily believe that there are some among you who would humble themselves, let them be in whatsoever circumstances they might” (Alma 32:25). We can all choose to humble ourselves, regardless of our circumstances. When we are willing to acknowledge that we don’t know everything, that we need to improve, and that servants of God can help us to do so; when we are willing to act on the truths we hear, even though it may not be easy or comfortable, then we are “in a preparation to hear the word.”
Today, I will choose to humble myself. I will remember how much I still have to learn. I will prepare my mind and my heart to receive guidance and instruction from prophets of God this weekend at General Conference.