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Book of Mormon Study - Alma 51

I am amazed at the Nephites inability to maintain peace for a long period of time! Most of the contention arises from pride. Darn pride cycle!

What is most amazing to me is that all the "in" fighting gives those bad guys a toe in the door.

I see this in our current political enviroment.  People seeking their own agendas are making life more difficult for others.  People who feel that they, somehow, "deserve" more without more effort, are weakening our position of remaining a free nation.

I often wonder what will happen when the money runs out - it will.  I often wonder how people will feel when the "land of the free" becomes the "land of the bond" because we have become a socialist state -  we are heading there. 

I usually try to stay away form polotics.  Polotics makes my blood boil.  Too many "give me's" and not enough "I'll work's" in this world.

Here is how I see it.... weak on the inside means weak on the outside.

In chapter 51 we see that while the Nephites were preoccupied with problems on the home front, the Lamanites entered the land and took "possession of many cities."  If they hadn't needed to solve homeland issues they could have been ready for the oppotion.

If we are not one, we are not the Lord's.  And if we are not the Lord's, we are not protected.

The other lesson I noticed it, beware of sharp objects.  :)

My seminary students love the story of Teancum.  He is a ninja.  He didn't poison his enemy by degrees.  He took care of business... swiftly.   I think that we must handle our sins, temptations and all things that would take our freedom away in such a manner.  End it!  Quickly!

Overall, I think one of the hardest things to do is to align your will with God's will. It is the great task for us all.  Also, we are expected to defend our freedoms and our country.  United we stand, divided we fall.  And finally, act swifty and with skill.

What do you think?


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