“He That Repenteth…” – Alma 26:22

As he reviews their missionary service, Ammon reminds his brothers that their success began with their individual conversion and that the blessings they have received are not unique to them:

Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance (Alma 26:22)

In this passage, Ammon testifies that if we do four things, we will receive three blessings:

If we… Then we will…
  1. Repent
  2. Exercise faith
  3. Bring forth good works
  4. Pray continually without ceasing
  1. Know the mysteries of God
  2. Reveal things which have never been revealed
  3. Bring thousands of souls to repentance

Notice how this formula begins and ends with repentance. We begin by repenting, and the final blessing is that we are able to help other people repent and experience the joy which only the “truly penitent” can feel (Alma 27:18, Alma 29:10).

Today, I will remember that the actions I take to draw close to God are not only for my own personal benefit. My repentance, faith, good works, and prayer will unlock blessings for me personally but also for the people around me. Personal religious activities not only bring us joy; they also empower us to bring joy to others.

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