28 Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
— Alma 32:28
The Parable of the Sower in the New Testament can be complimented by the verse from Alma.
In studying all of the different lessons Jesus is telling his disciples, I felt that the one that stuck out the most was simple: You are responsible for providing the best foundation for your faith to grow.
Yes, we all have different circumstances. And those change throughout our lives as our lives get easier/harder. These represent the rocky ground, thorns, harsh sun, etc.
But we can help our plant grow and flourish and sometimes just “hold on” until our situation improves.
How do we grow our faith and keep it moving forward into something ever bigger and better so that sometimes it feels like love will burst out of our chest by the power of the Holy Spirit?
- Obedience to the Commandments
- Studying our Scriptures
- Loving God and our neighbors
- Attending our church meetings
As I do these things, my faith feels like a snowball, rolling downhill (instead of up!) gathering more and more snow along the way. Then, when I hit a bump in the road, the momentum carries me up and over the challenges, easier than if I did it without Him.