35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
After observing the worship of the wealthy Zoramites and perceiving that it was reinforcing their pride and distancing them from God, Alma prayed that God would help him and his missionary companions in their missionary efforts. He knew that effective gospel teaching is motivated by love, and so he emphasized in his prayer the intrinsic value of these people in spite of their failings: “Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious,” he said.
In June of 1829, ten months before the Church was organized, Joseph Smith received a revelation about the role of an apostle. In that revelation, the Lord said, “The worth of souls is great in the sight of God…. And how great is his joy in the soul that repenteth!
Wherefore, you are called to cry repentance unto this people.”
When we recognize the value of each of Heavenly Father’s children, we will be motivated to do all that we can for them, in order to help them be happy. We will want to share the gospel with them, knowing that the gospel of Jesus Christ is the plan of happiness.
Today, I will strive to see the people around me as Alma saw the Zoramites: as children of God who have infinite worth. I will pray for opportunities and for courage to share the gospel with others. I will remember that an awareness of the worth of each soul can help me to be an effective gospel teacher.