Monday, April 9, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 10

Elder Neal A. Maxwell: “Youth may even have gifts, including the gift of the Holy Ghost, and yet be like counterparts of old who ‘knew it not’ (3 Nephi 9:20). Concerning the gospel message, they may be like busy and preoccupied Amulek” (Sermons Not Spoken [1985], 2). “Amulek . . . is a classic case of an essentially good man being out of touch with the great spiritual realities; he resisted the things of the Spirit because, though he was basically good, he was preoccupied with the cares of the world” (Meek and Lowly [1987], 12).

This chapter gives a new meaning to Independence Day. Amulek was oppressed by a hardened heart. This brought him limited perspective and joy.

We have a choice. What will we choose?

“I would not hear;” “I would not know…” Rebellion is a choice. There are days I don’t like it. But I know I have no right to take the gift of agency from someone else. I just have to accept that rebellion is a choice… and find some way to touch hearts.

President Spencer W. Kimball: “Many voices of seducing spirits advocate carnal pleasures and unrestrained physical satisfactions. Our world is now much the same as it was in the days of the Nephite prophet who said: ‘. . . if it were not for the prayers of the righteous . . . ye would even now be visited with utter destruction. . . .’ [Alma 10:22.] Of course, there are many many upright and faithful who live all the commandments and whose lives and prayers keep the world from destruction” (in Conference Report, Apr. 1971, 7; or Ensign, June 1971, 16).

I think more prayer is in order.

On the fourth day of the seventh month, an angel appeared to Amulek, and he was freed from his oppression of disbelief. His eyes were opened and he could see the hand of the Lord in his life. That single event changed his life, and himself, forever.

That and, of course, his willingness to obey.

Now, I'm not saying that on the Nephite calendar the fourth day of the seventh month is the same as ours- the 4th of July- but I thought it fit. Tehehe. :)

Can you imagine what it would be like to have a prophet in your home, blessing you and your family? When Amulek brought Alma into his home, he stayed with them and blessed them all. How amazing would that have been?

" the prayers of the righteous ye are spared..." The power of the righteous is great. I feel empowered when I read this.

Can I just say here how cool Amulek is? The lawyers were trying to trip him up, and he shut them down. Through the power of God, he was able to discern their thoughts and stop them before they even started. He spoke boldly and courageously before his peers and people. So cool!

What did you think/learn today?

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