Monday, April 23, 2012

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 16

I guess it's true.  What goes around comes around. The people of Ammonihah- the ones that burned the believers- were decimated by the Lamanites. Every single one of them. It reminds me of the scripture that says that the adversary leads people way after him, but does not watch out for them.

I am also struck by the thought that faith in prophets and revelation show by Zoram in verses 5-7. He was the chief captain over all the armies, and because he knew Alma was a prophet of God, he went to him for direction from the Lord, then followed it.

How many times do I rely on my own understanding without counseling with the Lord?

How often do I think I know what's best?

Far too often... sadly.

The Lord gave us minds to use. He doesn't expect us to never make our own decisions. But, the greatest decision we could ever make is to turn our will to His will. As we do that and live His will, in time, our will becomes His as we become more like Him.  At least I hope so.

I love in the last verse it says "having victory over the devil." We are in a war against Satan. We often refer to the war in heaven before the world was... that war is still in full swing.  Only the battle front has changed.  We are still battling for our agency.  Our greatest weapons are humility and faith as we access the gift of the Atonement.

What did you think/learn today?

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