And now, here are the sons of Mosiah, approaching their father saying, "Hey, Dad. We'd like to go back there and teach them about God." No wonder they had to ask for many days. I wouldn't have let them go! How frightening for Mosiah, as a parent, to even consider allowing his sons to purposefully go into such dangerous conditions. I'm sure he would have said no, if it weren't for the answer he received from the Lord.
Good think god knows best. (Only wish the answers were more clear at times).
I find it interesting to note that in chapter 26 Mosiah turned to Alma for inspiration when it came to a kingdom matter. But this was a family matter, and he took it to the Lord himself. The Lord came back gave a green light to his sons. I wonder if Mosiah was still scared for them. I would be! (One of my children says she is getting answer to prayer and feels the Lord is leading her in a certain direction that scares me. Even when the Lord speaks it can be hard to just go with it). Nevertheless (awesome word!), he allowed them to go because he had faith in the answer he received and the promised that the Lord extended.
As a parent, it is frightening to make choices that I know will affect my children forever. I pray often that I will be in tune to the Spirit, so that I might lead and guide my children where the Lord wants them to go. Yet, they have their own minds. They make many mistakes. They go forward despite my heart felt pleas. My only hope is that God will rescue them when the time comes.
This chapter also refers to two other parts of the Book of Mormon. Verse 9 refers to Alma chapters 17-26. And verse 19 refers to the book of Ether.
The talk about the Urim and Thummim was cool, too :)
What do did you think/learn today?