An important key to receiving revelation is given in verse 14. Alma poured out his whole soul to God. Then he was blessed with open communication, and "the voice of the Lord came to him." How often do I get to the point that I am in open communion with God? How quick am I to forget the blessings that can freely flow from heaven?
The feelings that I have felt as I have read through these verses are almost too tender to recount herein. There is a beautiful review of the core doctrines of the Gospel of Christ. There are important points also that sometimes get overlooked in basic gospel discussions, such as the importance of covenants and taking upon us the name of Christ.
Verse 23 has caught my attention this morning as being particularly curious and at the same time amazing. Verse 22 states that "And whomsoever ye receive shall believe in my name; and him will I freely forgive." Then the reason for such mercy and kindness: "For it is I that taketh upon me the sins of the world; for it is I that hath created them; and it is I that granteth unto him that believeth unto the end a place at my right hand." (vs. 23)
Reading through these verses once more, the words of the Savior come to mind, "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep... my sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: " (John 10:14,27)
The very essence of this revelation is that there is a decision to be made wherein every individual has to choose whether or not they will follow the Savior of the world. If a person desires to follow Christ, no matter how many mistakes he or she makes, as long as that person repents, they can be counted a part of the Church of Christ. When an individual stops or chooses to not do that, then they have no part or place in the Church of Christ.