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Book of Mormon Study - Alma 24

These past couple of chapters have got me thinking.

Men captained by Christ will be consumed in Christ. To paraphrase President Harold B. Lee, they set fire in others because they are on fire. (See Stand Ye in Holy Places, p. 192.)

Their will is swallowed up in His will. (See John 5:30.)

They do always those things that please the Lord. (See John 8:29.)

Not only would they die for the Lord, but more important they want to LIVE for Him.

Enter their homes, and the pictures on their walls, the books on their shelves, the music in the air, their words and acts reveal them as Christians.

They stand as witnesses of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places. (See Mosiah 18:9.) (Ensign, Nov. 1985, 6 7).

These changes can continue throughout our lives as we faithfully keep our covenants.

The people in these chapters made this mighty change work for them. I want it to work in my life too.

We can see how powerful the influence is that parents have on their children and grandchildren. When one person rejects or leaves the gospel, often times they become the worst of enemies, and that influence affect others for generations to come.

The people of Anti-Nephi-Lehi took their temptation, their weaknesses, and buried them deep. They wanted to insure that there would be no chance that they would return to their destructive ways. They did much more than covenant not to take up weapons of war again- they would offer their own life rather than take another’s; quick to be selfless rather than selfish; become an industrious people [ it has been said that the Savior choose His disciples while they were at work; while Satan chooses his disciples from those who are idle]).

What would I write on “a sword” and bury that it might be a testimony to God and to men of your commitment to live my standards and to keep my covenants?

The Lord works in many ways... verse 26. I totally agree. Sometimes I can only see one or two possible ways to get what I think I want/need, so I find myself petitioning the Lord. Sometimes things go my way, but most often He has another way He wants things to go. Most of the time I don’t get it. But I hope to understand… someday. One of the greatest lessons in this life is to learn to accept that His ways are higher than mine. It may be one of the greatest lessons, but it may also be one of the hardest lessons.

In this chapter a thousand righteous people were slaughtered. At face value, that appears to be a tragedy. But when looked at through God's eyes and purposes, it was His way of converting more. The righteous that were slain were brought back to Him in glory (I have to believe that their pain was lessened as they died) and more than a thousand were converted because of it.

I know in my life I've gone through some very painful things that I see later (or hope to see) were for my benefit and growth, as well as those around me.

The Lord does work in many ways. The key is always trusting Him, even (or especially) when His ways don't always make sense.

What did you think/learn today?


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