Yesterday, I wrote about how the people of Zarahemla were corrupting the religion. I wrote a pretty exhaustive list of the bad things they were doing.
Today, we get a list of what faithful saints should, instead, be doing.
“And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works.” – Alma 7:23-24
These attributes of a saint are actually the keys to a joyful life
- Be humble
- Be submissive
- Be gentle
- Be easy to be entreated
- Be full of patience and all long-suffering
- Be temperate
- Be diligent in keeping God’s commandments
- Ask for what we need – both spiritual and temporal
- Be grateful
- Be faithful
- Be hopeful
- Be charitable
When we work to cultivate these attributes, then good works will abound.
when good works abound, then blessings and peace abounds.
It’s such a good deal. Yes, this list might be hard at times. I think that the hardest part is that it requires us to give up our pride and trust in something else. But the result is peace! Our pride is such a little cost for such a great reward.