“Numberless Concourses of Angels” – Alma 36:22

A large number of people united in a common cause is an inspiring sight.

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a single angel appeared to a group of shepherds to announce the good news. But immediately after, “there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God” (Luke 2:13). The large number of heavenly beings emphasized the importance of the event.

When Lehi prayed on behalf of his people in Jerusalem, “he thought he saw God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels in the attitude of singing and praising their God” (1 Nephi 1:8). The sight of countless angels worshipping God emphasized the glory of God and the desirability of being with Him.

About 500 years later, a descendant of Lehi named Alma was called to repentance by a single angel. The experience left him unable to move or speak for three days and three nights, while he suffered “with the pains of a damned soul” (Alma 36:16). But when he cried out to the Savior for mercy, his pain was replaced by joy, and he saw the same thing his ancestor had seen:

Yea, methought I saw, even as our father Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, surrounded with numberless concourses of angels, in the attitude of singing and praising their God; yea, and my soul did long to be there (Alma 36:22).

Today, I will remember that I am not alone in my desire to worship God and to follow Jesus Christ. Particularly during this time of physical distancing, I will remember that there are many believers on the earth many more in the heavens. Like Alma, I will strive to join the “numberless concourses of angels” who find joy and peace in the presence of God.

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