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Book of Mormon Study - Alma 62

vs. 4-5-"And he did raise the standard of liberty in whatsoever place he did enter...and it came to pass that thousands did flock unto his standard." I read this and think of the power that we- and especially our youth- have in the world today. No matter where we go or what we do, we must adhere to our standards and our faith. People will notice, be curious, be inspired. They will see our peace and perspective, and desire to have what we do.

vs. 17- The power of an oath keeps impressing me. The Laminites that were just trying to kill the Nephites promise they won't try anymore, so they let them go. Not only do they let them go, but they go and live with the people of Ammon. They took these Lamanites in and let them live among them. Amazing story of forgiveness and tolerance. Talk about not holding grudges!

vs. 36- Teancum's end is a sad one. He was a good man that fought valiantly- but he acted in rashness and paid the ultimate price.

vs. 41- The power of prayer unto saving- amazing.

vs. 42- This verse really stuck out to me out of the entire chapter. These Nephites all went through the same war; some were scarred, yet others were strengthened. It's a testament to me that it isn't our circumstances that matter as much as our perspective (a great thing to here, since I had a totally terrible and sad pity part the other day. But, luckily God helped me changed my perspective and I am feeling much better!) Perspective is such a powerful thing. I think of Anne Frank, Victor Frankel, etc. We have the power to choose to be happy in any circumstance we are in. It's not easy- but we have been given the power to do it by God.

vs. 51- And after all this, they did pray continually. This verse dovetails perfectly into our topic/talk for Monday- Prayer.

What are your thoughts today?


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