I’m reading the Book of Alma right now, and I just got to the famous verses on faith. I had been reading out loud to my little kids, ages 3-8, trying to create a picture of the verses we were reading. I was trying to visualize Alma sitting on the outskirts of Antionum, teaching the Zoramites. He was teaching the poor Zoramites who had been cast out and rejected because of the “coarseness of their apparel,…whom were poor in heart, because of their poverty as to the things of the world.” (Alma 32:2-3)
First of all, Alma is so happy because he realizes that these people have been humbled by their afflictions and are prepared to hear his words (Alma 32:6). When we are in the middle of difficult moments in our lives it is very difficult to even understand why it is happening, and even less likely to find a positive outcome. But Alma rejoiced!
Ok, so this is the verse we’ve probably read a hundred times:
“And now as I said concerning faith—faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things; therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (Alma 32:21).
A few verses later Alma continues,
“If ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place to my words” (Alma 32:27 emphasis added). There is so much more to learn from this entire chapter, and I encourage you to look it up and study it, especially if you find yourself doubting or worrying about anything.
As I tried to paint a picture in my mind of this incredible teaching moment that Alma is having with these Zoramite investigators, the word “particle” stuck out to me. If I can have even a particle of faith maybe I can start to find answers. Maybe if I can even find the desire to have faith, to hope for light, clarity and understanding, than maybe that almost non-existent particle could blossom.
This is a beautiful song by Hillary Weeks that reminds us of our Savior’s love.
As we put our faith in Him, He will carry us.