A Dad’s Easter Message to his Son

The following is a retelling of one man’s spiritual journey. While it is told as a personal narrative, it does not reflect the experiences of the author’s life. 

“Hi son. Come sit down. There is something I want to tell you. Some things have been on my mind for a while now. I feel like now is the right time to tell you what’s on my mind.”

“For years, I have taught you about God, about his son, Jesus Christ, and about their love for you. I have tried my best to follow them. There was a time, however, when things were different.”

“Now that you’re old enough to understand, that’s what I’d like to tell you about. Before I get into that, I’d like to make you a promise. If you will put your trust in God, he will always be there for you. Trials and troubles will still come, but if you always seek after his will, he will support you, sustain you, and guide you in all the decisions you make. If you will remember this counsel, everything, in the end, will work out.”

“I learned this for myself years ago in a powerful way.”

“When I was about your age, my friends and I were quite rebellious. That’s putting it mildly. We were actively seeking to destroy the faith of others. I had decided that everything I’d been taught about God was a bunch of crock. I was willfully rebelling against God. I had made it my mission in life to make life miserable for anyone who believed. I’m sorry to say we were quite successful in our efforts. Many people believed in the falsehoods and the lies my friends and I were teaching. The growth and prosperity of the churches in our town really struggled because of it.”

“One day we were on the outskirts of town bragging amongst ourselves about everything we had done. Suddenly, the earth began to shake beneath our feet. An angel of God appeared and spoke to us with a voice of thunder.”

“We fell to the earth in astonishment as what we were seeing.”

“‘Alma, stand forth’, the angel said.”

“‘Why do you persecute the church of God? The Lord has heard the prayers of his people, and also the prayers of his servant, Alma, who is thy father.'”

“He continued, ‘For this purpose have I come, to convince thee of the power and authority of God.'”

“The voice of the angel once again caused the earth to shake beneath my feet. I collapsed and fell to the ground. In my unconscious state, I heard the voice of the angel once more.”

“‘Now go, Alma, and seek no more to destroy the church of God, or thou wilt surely be destroyed.'”

“When the angel departed, my friends dragged my body to the house of my father, fearing that I was dead. My dad rejoiced at what was happening. For he knew it was the power of God.”

“I do not remember being dragged to my father’s house. What I do remember is being racked with torment. For the next three days, I suffered the pains of a damned soul. My soul was harrowed up by the memory of my many sins, even to the point that I wished I could cease to exist.”

“When I had reached my lowest point, I remembered something my dad had taught about the coming of one Jesus Christ to atone for the sins of the world.”

“When my mind caught hold of this, I cried within my heart, Jesus, have mercy on me!”

“As soon as I thought this, I could not remember my pains anymore. I felt indescribable joy. The joy was exceeding as was my pain. I have never felt anything so sweet and exquisite.”

“Soon after this, my body once again received its strength and I awoke. With this newfound peace and joy resonating in my soul, I exclaimed to my family”,

“‘I have repented of my sins. The Lord has forgiven me.'”

“My son, I know that Jesus Christ lives, from my own experiences. I have been supported under trials and troubles of every kind. I will trust in him forever, and he will deliver me from bondage.”

“I plead with you, son. Always trust in God and he will always be there for you. He will take care of you. I love you, son.”

References: Mosiah 27:8-12, Alma 36

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