But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.
Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me.
We each have to determine for ourselves that the Book of Mormon is true. This gives us instrustion on how to do so. After gaining a new testimony of the Book of Mormon we may struggle with understanding and accepting different doctrines of the Gospel. Or we may wish for a deeper understanding of a principle that we know is true. How do we proceed to gain or strengthen our testimony on a specific doctrine?
Here are the steps of what Alma teaches in the above scriptures.
1. Desire to believe
2. Exericise faith in the word of God
3. Plant the seed, the word of God, in your heart
4. Nurture the seed
5. Evaluate the results of nurturing the seed
For the next few posts I will be expanding on each of the steps. I invite you to participate by choosing a doctrine of principle of the Gospel that you would desire to strengthen your testimony and experimenting upon the word!