Alma 5: 14

And now behold, I ask of you, my brethren of the church, have ye spiritually been born of God? Have ye received his image in your countenances? Have ye experienced this mighty change in your hearts?


Deiter F Uchtdorf, October 2016 General Conference.

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Alma travels around the country and preaches in the different cities of the Nephites. He preaches repentance and invites all to come unto Christ.

Related Scriptures

Whenever there is a scripture that references "his image in your countenances" I think of Malachi 3:3

" And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness."

When a refiner is refining silver, he holds the silver in his ladle in the hot refiner's fire. He does this to burn away the impurities in the metal and make it into pure silver. He has to watch it carefully to know when to remove it from the fire or it will burn away the silver too. And it is easy to see when to remove it, because once the silver is pure, it reflects the refiner's image in its surface.

So when are asked, "Have ye received his image in your countenances?" the question really is, "Have you been purified by trials of your faith?"

Thoughts about this scripture:

From time to time I have experiences that are precious to me. I treasure them and keep them close to me. These are experiences when the Holy Spirit whispers to me, comforts me and strengthens me.

These help me feel closer to God and let me know where my heart it.

I've given my heart to God, and want to make sure that I never take it back. Or give it to anyone else.