The first time I remembering reading Alma’s experience with soon-to-be converts at the Waters of Mormon (which is what every baptismal font could be called) was when I spoke at my nephew’s baptism:
…Behold, here are the waters of Mormon…and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
Obviously this is a sermon and suggestion–even a charge–for those who are ready to be baptized.
However, this morning I looked at these verses from a marital perspective.
My wonderful hubby is beginning a new career selling insurance. It’s been a difficult journey, due in part to the learning curve. I have a lifetime of experience in selling; I love it! So I often give him bits of advice for his career. I’m learning that’s not such a great idea. He’s my spouse, not my student.
As I read these words this morning after Bob left for work, I saw how this can also be part of our marriage commitment and covenants with each other.
Marriage is a lot of fun when we’re having fun. When most people begin to question their marriage decision it’s when challenges arise. This is when spouses really need to bear one another’s burdens that they may be light and to be willing to mourn with those who mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort–not to be critical or contentious.