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“…the shaping sounds of lullabies…”

A couple of weeks ago I filled in again as a teacher in the Book of Mormon Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class. I taught lesson 32 which covered Alma 53-63. This is the part of Alma where we read about the “army of Helaman”, those 2,000+ young men who fought in the war. There was obviously a lot of great material to cover, but I figured I’d share one quote inparticular that I love. When talking about how their mothers had taught them, I shared this quote from Elder Maxwell:

“Women… rock a sobbing child without wondering if today’s world is passing them by, because they know they hold tomorrow tightly in their arms. . . .

“When the real history of mankind is fully disclosed, will it feature the echoes of gunfire — or the shaping sounds of lullabies?”

Neal A Maxwell, Woman [1979], 96

This reminded me of an experience from 10+ years ago. My parents family has been renting a cottage for years and years for a week in the summer. When my first child was born, we went up to the cottage with our baby boy who was only a coule of weeks old. One night my wife got up to feed our son, and was singing quietly to him. My father was awake and heard it, and to this day he talks about how special that was. He said it was like the voice of an angel. It’s not that my wife is a professional singer (she sings fine), it’s that here was a mother, all alone with her child, singing to her feeding baby. “The shaping sounds of lullabies” indeed!

A 48-year long experiment of faith?

I taught the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class this past week and we were covering Alma 3235 (lesson 28). We spent a majority of the time discussing faith and the experiment we are to do.

One thing that has always frustrated me is that people are willing to “experiment” with all sorts of things… drugs, alcohol, alternative lifestyles, etc. However, they often aren’t willing to experiment with the things that matter most. From a Church point of view, they won’t try to keep the Word of Wisdom, or they won’t try to stay morally clean. It’s as if the experiment isn’t worth doing.

I brought up the recent sort-of discovery of the Higgs boson particle (the so-called “God particle”). The existence of such a particle was first proposed in 1964. In July of this year, it was announced that they have probably found it, but they can’t prove it yet. That means that there have been scientists around the world trying to prove the existince of this particle for 48 years. They are getting close (very close), but they still haven’t gotten there yet. Isn’t that amazing?! Can you imagine feeling so strongly about something that for decades you are working towards that goal? Well, that is exactly what we should be doing in the gospel.

The whole chapter is great, but here are a few key points about the experiment:

Alma 32: 27 …awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith…

Alma 32: 40 …looking forward with an eye of faith to the fruit thereof…

Alma 32: 41 …nourish the tree as it beginneth to grow, by your faith with great diligence, and with patience, looking forward to the fruit thereof…

Alma 32: 42 …because of your diligence and your faith and your patience with the word in nourishing it…

Do you have a testimony of the Law of Tithing? If not, obey it, then keep obeying it. If you haven’t felt the blessings being poured out on you from the windows of heaven, keep obeying the law. Exercise a particle of faith; look forward to the blessings; be patience; be diligent.

If we are willing to put in the effort, whether it be 48 minutes, 48 days, 48 weeks, or 48 years, God will help us find the results we seek from our experiment. We will be able to get the fruit “which is most precious, which is sweet above all that is sweet, and which is white above all that is white, yea, and pure above all that is pure; and ye shall feast upon this fruit even until ye are filled, that ye hunger not, neither shall ye thirst.” It is a beautiful promise!