Reading in Alma chapter 50 today. I love reading about Captain Moroni. What an amazing man. What an astounding example of Christian discipleship. Here was a man who was truly dedicated to serving his people because he was fully, "all-in" committed to the Christ's cause.
I love reading about how he prepared the land and prepared the people to defend their families, their rights, their religion, their land and their liberty. I can't help but ask myself, "Do I have that same fearless and determined dedication? Am I doing everything I possibly can to protect and preserve my family? How am I doing at developing the Christlike characteristics Moroni had as described in Alma 48? Am I a man of sound understanding? Do I joy in the liberty and freedom of my country and my fellow Americans? Am I firm in the faith of Christ?" These and a dozen other questions flow through my mind. I want to be a Modern Moroni. Use that profile on my regular Facebook page. I'm not there yet, but I'm striving. Would to God that I can be as Christlike as he was, just like President Monson and the apostles, and so many other Modern Moroni's!
"Earning the Trust of the Lord and Your Family"
Elder Richard J. Maynes gave an inspiring and insightful talk by that title during the Priesthood session of this past October 2017 General Conference. In reading it I couldn't help but think of Captain Moroni again and I couldn't help asking myself a dozen other questions. I want to be a man of integrity. I want to earn the Lord's trust. I want to have the trust of my family. Yet I am a weak, and far to often, foolish man. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I fall short in so many ways. How grateful I am, however, for a loving Savior and His marvelous enabling grace which comes because of His atoning sacrifice. Because of what He did, I can repent and diligently seek for and receive His enabling grace which allows me to do many things that I could not do on my own. I admire Elder Maynes for His integrity. I loved the story he shared about the business trip with his father. I won't get into the details here but you can read it for yourself here. To summarize, his Father was put in a position where he could have compromised his integrity, but instead he taught Elder Maynes an eternal lesson. “Listen, Rick, once you take a bribe or compromise your integrity, it is very difficult to ever get it back. Don’t ever do it, not even once.” A valuable lesson that we all need to learn and apply.
Gotta run. Until next time - may God be with you.
Picking up where I left off yesterday.
Verse 6 - This verse packs a lot of meat.
First Alma bears testimony that he only knows what he knows because the Spirit of God made it known unto him. It is the same for you and I. When we want to know the truth, we have to put ourselves in a position where the Spirit of God can bear witness of the truth to us.
Second Alma points out the fact that if he had not been born of God, or, in other words, put himself in a position to receive instruction from the Spirit, he would not have known the things He knew.
Verses 7-8 -
God is merciful and loves us. He will extend that love to us, even in our darkest hour when we seem bent on destruction of ourselves and others. If we are humble enough, in the midst of our pain and anguish, to call out to God and Christ for mercy, they will hear our cries.
I had personal experience with this. No, I've never been trying to destroy the church or lead others to spiritual destruction, but I've been on the path of my own spiritual demise. I know for myself that God is merciful and am here writing today because of His abundant love and tender mercies. Had He not helped me know and understand that I was His son, and of infinite worth, I would probably just become another suicide statistic. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel in my heart for the arm of mercy that was extended toward me. I cannot begin to give voice to the joy I feel when I look upon my beautiful wife and children and recognize the multitude of blessings that are mine.
Gotta go for now.
11/14/17 - Reading Alma 38 today where Alma counsels with his son Shiblon. I've always found it interesting how Alma's account of his conversion is a lot more condensed in this chapter than in Alma 36. However, it makes sense that Alma would take more time and go into greater detail with Helaman given that he was going to be the next prophet and the High Priest over the church.
Though this chapter is short, there are some great nuggets of truth in here.
Well, I need to run for today. More tomorrow! If these notes are helpful to you, let me know by leaving a comment. I'd love to get your thoughts and perspectives