Skip to main content

Book of Mormon Study - Alma 50

I took notice of the interesting way that the fortifications were described here in chapter 50. Mormon starts at the bottom: heaps of dirt. Then he describes each layer: On top of heaps of dirt were timbers, then frames of pickets, the towers. It made me think of 'line upon line.' Every part was necessary for the creation of the next part.

Same in our lives. We learn line upon line, here a little, there a little. We also are given trials line upon line: first we experience this, then that prepares us to go through that, and so on. We change line up line (unless your name is Alma the Younger, or Saul). God works big things by small means (thankfully, for me!)

I liked how even after the attack, Moroni was smart enough not to relax and brag about his victory- but he kept working on his defenses. He didn't take it easy. Sometimes we can get over-confident in our righteousness. We can become complacent in our stage in life, testimony, etc., and that's when the Adversary can make his attack.

Moroni is the perfect Christian soldier.

This got me thinking… what kind of soldier am I? Am I a Christian Soldier or a Weekend Warrior?

Elder Neal A. Maxwell wrote "Righteous desires need to be relentless, therefore, because, said President Brigham Young, "the men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day" (in Journal of Discourses, 11:14). Therefore, true Christian soldiers are more than weekend warriors . (Ensign, November 1996, p. 22.)"

What makes a Christian Soldier?

Christian soldiers always keep their covenants. I think these war chapters show that they fight for their freedom (Alma 53:17). Keeping covenants gives us true freedom. I think this is best reflected in our attitude… I choose what I do in this life. Not, "I have to" go…

Christian soldiers follow the prophet. These war chapters shoes these young soldiers are choosing a prophet of God to be their leader. They demonstrate a Father-to-son relationship with their prophet. (Alma 56:44) We need to have a father/son relationship with our prophet. We need the prophet for a hero. It is the words of Jesus Christ, taught to Pres. Monson that will save you.

Christian Soldiers do not fear death. They did not doubt their mother's teachings who taught them to honor and obey parents and to follow the prophet. Helaman's stripling warriors’ dads buried their swords in their view (their sons) and testified that they would not take them up. "Thus we see" they would remain firm and submit to death rather than break their covenant. These young boys lost their dads.

Christian Soldiers obey absolutely. Absolute obedience brings blessings - absolutely!

Christian Soldiers are a great strength to everyone they meet. All of our actions should bring people higher… not tear them down. Pres. Gordon B. Hinckley, Ensign, May 1998, speaking to the Aaronic Priesthood said, "The girl you marry will take a terrible chance on you. She will give her all to the young man she marries. He will largely determine the remainder of her life. She will even surrender her name to his name…. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as young men holding the priesthood of God, you have a tremendous obligation toward the girl you marry. Perhaps you are not thinking much of that now. But the time isn't far away when you will think of it, and now is the time to prepare for that most important day of your lives when you take unto yourself a wife and companion equal with you before the Lord. That obligation begins with absolute loyalty. As the old Church of England ceremony says, you will marry her "for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, for better or for worse." She will be yours and yours alone, regardless of the circumstances of your lives. You will be hers and hers alone. There can be eyes for none other. There must be absolute loyalty, undeviating loyalty one to another. Hopefully you will marry her forever, in the house of the Lord, under the authority of the everlasting priesthood. Through all the days of your lives, you must be as true one to another as the polar star…. The girl you marry can expect you to come to the marriage altar absolutely clean."

Christian Soldiers are true at ALL times. They were exceedingly valiant for courage.

I want to be that kind al soldier. Most times I fall short. I hope to get there someday.

What did you learn?


Popular posts from this blog

Book of Mormon Study... Title page and testimony of the witnesses

According to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “the title-page of the Book of Mormon is a literal translation, taken from the very last leaf, on the left hand side of the collection or book of plates, which contained the record which has been translated, the language of the whole running the same as all Hebrew writing in general; and that said title page is not by any means a modern composition, either of mine or of any other man who has lived or does live in this generation” (History of the Church, 1:71).

That means it’s scripture too! That is why today I start my Book of Mormon study with the title page.

I am part of the House of Israel. My children and their children are a part of the House of Israel. This Book is written for me and for them.

I love that the Title page declares that this book is a “gift”… now this book I am marking will become a “gift” for my grandson. How cool is that? I feel like Nephi, writing my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the gospel plan as I study God’s word so …

An Open Letter to Those Who Hate The School Dress Code

I have noticed a ton of resistance to dress codes in schools.  I have something to say... get over it.  
A dress code is not about body shaming.  It is not about control.  It's not about taking away individuality. The dress code is not about making social divisions.  It is not about taking away individual rights.
A dress code is about keeping a professional environment where real work happens.  Contrary to popular belief, woman don't get to wear whatever they want when ever they want in "the real world." Every profession has some kind of dress code.  Nurses, doctors, real estate brokers, vets, and even McDonald's workers have a dress code.  Even farmers and day labors wear clothing appropriate to the work they do.  School is a professional environment where the student's "job" is to be the student - to learn - and the teachers' job is to open the possibilities in young minds and to create an environment where people - all people - can learn.  Th…

Once-a-Slightly Over Month Cooking

Today may be the last day of the year, but it was the first day of the month around the Boyack house.  Today was Once-a-Month-Cooking day.  The funny thing is that it usually ends up lasting longer than a month.  Our last big cooking day lasted from September to now.  The thing is, I don't always pull from the freezer.  Weekend we cook from scratch.  However, with my voice lessons in late afternoons and sometimes play practice or performance I am too tired to think about dinner.  Making dinner ahead saved me so much money from September to Christmas that I was able to pay for half of Christmas from the savings from the food budget.  Plus, we had much healthier meals!

After collecting which recipes we wanted to make, and making a shopping list, John headed to the store around noon.  We started the cooking and assembly around 1:00 and ended all the cooking by 7:00.  In that time we made 35 dinners.  We have the fix-in's in the cupboard to make 15 more quick and easy meals.  We …