I was reading in the first chapter of Alma this week about the prospering of the church during the days of Alma, as the people of that day worked to establish a Zion Society. Their many trials are described, but they “bore them with patience and were immovable in keeping the commandments of God.” They also shared with one another, “imparting of their substance, every man according to that which he had, to the poor and the needy, and the sick, and the afflicted.”
I loved reading about the blessings they received because of this: “and thus they began to have continual peace again, notwithstanding their persecutions. And now, because of the steadiness of the church they began to be exceedingly rich, having abundance of all things whatsoever they stood in need–an abundance of flocks and herds, and fatings of every kind, and also abundance of grain, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things, and abundance of silk and fine-twined linen, and all manner of homely cloth. And thus, in their prosperous circumstances, they did not send away any who were naked, or that were hungry, or that were athirst, or that were sick, or that had not been nourished; and they did not set their hearts upon riches; therefore they were liberal to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, whether out of the church or in the church, having no respect to persons as to those who stood in need.” (Alma 1:28-30.)
If I’m reading this correctly, having Fabric is a blessing of righteous living! Another incentive for being good. Here’s to all my fabric-blessed friends! I’m grateful for your good company.