We should never set ourselves up as judges of who is ready and who is not. The Lord knows the hearts of all of His children, and if we pray for inspiration, He will help us find persons He knows to be “in a preparation to hear the word” (Alma 32:6) (“Sharing the Restored Gospel,” General Conference, October 2016).
13 And Alma and Amulek went forth preaching repentance to the people in their temples, and in their sanctuaries, and also in their synagogues, which were built after the manner of the Jews.
14 And as many as would hear their words, unto them they did impart the word of God, without any respect of persons, continually….
16 And there was no inequality among them; the Lord did pour out his Spirit on all the face of the land to prepare the minds of the children of men, or to prepare their hearts to receive the word which should be taught among them at the time of his coming–
17 That they might not be hardened against the word, that they might not be unbelieving, and go on to destruction, but that they might receive the word with joy, and as a branch be grafted into the true vine, that they might enter into the rest of the Lord their God.
Alma resigned his government position and dedicated himself exclusively to his ministry when he saw “great inequality” and consequent suffering among his people (Alma 4:11-15). After enduring great suffering in Ammonihah, he and Amulek returned to Zarahemla for a time. But they soon resumed their ministry, preaching the word of God to all people who were prepared to recieve their message, “without any respect of persons.” Mormon tells us that “there was no inequality among them” because the Lord’s hand was operative in the lives of all kinds of people, preparing them to accept the gospel.
As Dallin H. Oaks has reminded us:
Today, I will follow the examples of Alma and Amulek by looking for opportunities to share the gospel with everyone I come in contact with and by not making assumptions about who is ready and who is not. I will ask Heavenly Father to help me know who is ready, and I will follow the promptings of the Spirit as he guides me in my personal ministry.