In the Book of Mormon, the prophet and missionary Alma encounters a man named Zeezrom who is doing all he can to dissuade a group of people that Alma is teaching from believing Alma’s teachings of Christ and His gospel. Alma and his fellow missionary Amulek do not back down though, and bear a strong testimony that makes Zeezrom question his attempts to prove them wrong. Sadly, as he tries to make up for his mistake and tell the people he was wrong, it is already too late and the city goes against Alma and Amulek, even going so far as killing all the believers. A little later, Zeezrom is just being eaten up by this and asks for Alma and Amulek to come see him as he lies in bed incredibly ill of body and spirit. Their interaction is as follows:
6 And it came to pass that Alma said unto him, taking him by the hand: Believest thou in the power of Christ unto salvation?
7 And he answered and said: Yea, I believe all the words that thou hast taught.
8 And Alma said: If thou believest in the redemption of Christ thou canst be healed.
9 And he said: Yea, I believe according to thy words.
10 And then Alma cried unto the Lord, saying: O Lord our God, have mercy on this man, and heal him according to his faith which is in Christ.
11 And when Alma had said these words, Zeezrom leaped upon his feet, and began to walk; and this was done to the great astonishment of all the people; and the knowledge of this went forth throughout all the land of Sidom.
This passage demonstrates to me the power of faith to be healed and redeemed, and to be free from the guilt that weighs on our souls to the affecting of our physical bodies. The story of Zeezrom is really sweet to me, because sometimes those strongest advocates against the true gospel can even have a strong change of heart, as scriptures have shown time and again. In many cases, they can even become strong missionaries for Jesus Christ and His gospel instead, which Zeezrom did end up doing to make restitution for his early mistake.
Something in this passage that always stands out to me is the way it says Zeezrom LEAPED out of bed. He didn’t just sit up, but he LEAPED. Sometimes we expect to be carried to our feet, thinking that the offer of Divine help means we can sit there and have everything taken care of for us if we just believe. In reality, we need to make a solid effort and really trust in God as we jump into action. Once we have asked Him for help, we need to be willing to put the work into the opportunities he gives us. A leap takes a considerable deal of energy compared to rolling out of bed, or sitting up in bed. Are we leaping, or are we laying still and waiting for the miracles that could have already come? If I am struggling with monetary concerns, I need to pay tithing and turn to the Lord in faith, then I need to make those strides to being more fiscally stable. If I’m struggling in school, I need to trust that the Lord will bear me up as I take those leaps of faith and begin working towards it.
We can take these leaps of faith and trust that the righteous prayers are being heard and miracles are happening right before us.