My Soul Was Filled with Joy – Alma 36:18-21

18 Now, as my mind caught hold upon this thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus, thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.
19 And now, behold, when I thought this, I could remember my pains no more; yea, I was harrowed up by the memory of my sins no more.
20 And oh, what joy, and what marvelous light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled with joy as exceeding as was my pain!
21 Yea, I say unto you, my son, that there could be nothing so exquisite and so bitter as were my pains. Yea, and again I say unto you, my son, that on the other hand, there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet as was my joy.

Jesus calmed storms. More than once during His mortal ministry, He demonstrated His ability to command the elements, such as the wind and the sea (Matthew 8:23-27, Matthew 14:24-33).
In the passage above, we read about the Savior’s ability to calm the internal storms which can sometimes afflict us. After an angel called Alma to repentance for seeking to destroy the church, Alma recognized the gravity of what he had done. He labeled his actions as “murder,” because, by undermining the faith of other people, he had jeopardized their ability to obtain eternal life. As he says above, he was “in the gall of bitterness” and was “encircled about by the everlasting chains of death.” Only when he remembered his father’s teachings did he realize that the remedy was to plead for mercy through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. As soon as he made that plea, the storm in his heart was calmed, and he was filled with joy.
Today, I will remember that the Savior has the ability to calm the storms in my life. I will turn to Him for help, particularly when I am overwhelmed or unsure what to do. I will remember that He can bring peace and clarity into my heart.
I will also seek to follow His example and to “calm the storms” in the hearts of the people I interact with throughout the day. Particularly when I interact with people who are anxious or irritated, I will strive to be calm and to have a calming influence on them as well.
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