1. By the wayside, where they couldn’t take root, and the birds came along and ate them.
2. In stony places, covered with a little earth, but only enough to grow shallow roots before they ran into the hard ground underneath.
3. Among the thorns, where the earth was good enough to grow roots, but the plant was choked out by the surrounding weeds.
Each of these examples represent the state of our hearts, and the way we receive the truths, or seeds, of the gospel. I was thinking about what state my heart might be in, compared to the state where I want it to be.
How often does a garden START with soft, fertile ground? What does it take to convert hard packed, rocky dirt into rich, dark soil? Hard work, consistency, and patience! You have to pull out the weeds, turn the soil, water it, maybe add a little fertilizer, provide shade if necessary, and keep at it constantly.
No matter what state your heart is in, it is completely possible to cultivate it into a place where, if ye give place, that a bseed may be planted in your cheart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your dunbelief, 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 eenlighten my funderstanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me. (Alma 32:28)