How to Plant the Seed – Alma 33:1

When the poor Zoramites first approached Alma, they had a simple question: How can we worship God when we are not able to go to church? In response, Alma taught them about humility and faith. He also shared an elaborate analogy, comparing the word of God to a seed and saying that, if they planted it in their hearts and nourished it, it would grow into a fruit-producing tree (Alma 32).

That sounded great, but what did it mean in practice? What practical actions could they take to plant the word of God in their hearts? That was their follow-up question:

Now after Alma had spoken these words, they sent forth unto him desiring to know whether they should believe in one God, that they might obtain this fruit of which he had spoken, or how they should plant the seed, or the word of which he had spoken, which he said must be planted in their hearts; or in what manner they should begin to exercise their faith (Alma 33:1).

Alma responded that it’s not complicated. The answer to their question is clearly given the scriptures. He shared several scripture passages which provided the following instructions:

  1. Pray to God.
  2. Believe in the Son of God.

Amulek followed up by reiterating Alma’s words and adding one more instruction:

  1. Repent.

Here’s a table showing where and how Alma and Amulek provided these three instructions:

Instruction Alma Amulek
1. Pray to God Quoted a psalm of Zenos: Alma 33:4-11
Elaborated on Zenos’s psalm, listing many places we can pray: Alma 34:18-29
2. Believe in the Son of God Quoted the words of Zenos and Zenock: Alma 33:12-18

Also paraphrased the story of Moses and the brass serpent: Alma 33:19-22

Added his own testimony of the Savior: Alma 34:5-16
3. Repent Challenged them to repent immediately: Alma 34:17, 33-36

Today, I will plant the seed in my heart by praying, believing in Jesus Christ, and repenting.

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