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Monday, May 2, 2016

Regular Spiritual Check-Up


"ONCE A MONTH CHECK UP"

I imagined Alma as a spiritual doctor while reading this chapter. His questions are like a personal check up list on how healthy our spirits are. I will use this from time to time to measure my spiritual growth and to be reminded of the spiritual vitamins and medication I need to take:


_____ 1. Have you sufficiently retained in remembrance the captivity of your fathers? Yea, and have you sufficiently retained in remembrance his mercy and long-suffering towards them? And moreover, have ye sufficiently retained in remembrance that he has delivered their souls from hell? v.6

_____ 2. And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts? v.14

 _____ 3. Do ye exercise faith in the redemption of him who created you? Do you look forward with an eye of faith, and view this mortal body raised in immortality, and this corruption raised in incorruption, to stand before God to be judged according to the deeds which have been done in the mortal body? v.15

 _____4. I say unto you, can you imagine to yourselves that ye hear the voice of the Lord, saying unto you, in that day: Come unto me ye blessed, for behold, your works have been the works of righteousness upon the face of the earth? v.16

 _____5.  Or do ye imagine to yourselves that ye can lie unto the Lord in that day, and say—Lord, our works have been righteous works upon the face of the earth—and that he will save you? v.17

 _____6. Can ye imagine yourselves brought before the tribunal of God with your souls filled with guilt and remorse, having a remembrance of all your guilt, yea, a perfect remembrance of all your wickedness, yea, a remembrance that ye have set at defiance the commandments of God? v.18

_____7. Can ye look up to God at that day with a pure heart and clean hands? I say unto you, can you look up, having the image of God engraven upon your countenances? v.19

 _____8. If ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now? v.26

 _____9. Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins? v.27

_____10. Are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life. v.28

_____11. Is there one among you that doth make a mock of his brother, or that heapeth upon him persecutions? v.30


MEDICATIONS:

Repentance. Repent, repent, for the Lord God hath spoken it! He sendeth an invitation unto all men, for the arms of mercy are extended towards them, and he saith: Repent, and I will receive you. v.32-33

Study the Gospel daily. Come unto me and ye shall partake of the fruit of the tree of life; yea, ye shall eat and drink of the bread and the waters of life freely; v.34

Service. Come unto me and bring forth works of righteousness, and ye shall not be hewn down and cast into the fire— v.35 For behold, the time is at hand that whosoever bringeth forth not good fruit, or whosoever doeth not the works of righteousness, the same have cause to wail and mourn. v.36

Listen to the Prophets and Leaders. And now I say unto you that this is the order after which I am called, yea, to preach unto my beloved brethren, yea, and every one that dwelleth in the land; yea, to preach unto all, both old and young, both bond and free; yea, I say unto you the aged, and also the middle aged, and the rising generation; yea, to cry unto them that they must repent and be born again. v.49

Be baptized. And now I say unto you, all you that are desirous to follow the voice of the good shepherd, come ye out from the wicked, and be ye separate, and touch not their unclean things; v.57 For the names of the righteous shall be written in the book of life, and unto them will I grant an inheritance at my right hand. v.58 Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life. v.62

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