Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alma - Chapter 49

I'd love to have been situated on Captain Moroni's fortifications and seen the look on the Lamanites' faces as they discovered the new challenge they faced.  What a comfort it is to be prepared, to be protected.  "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." (D&C 38:30)

I think there is a great lesson in this chapter.  While I suppose the day may come when physical fortifications are required to defend ourselves.  Such a day is not imminent.  If it were, our leaders, who are every bit as far seeing as Captain Moroni, would have instructed us in such a manner.  But the spiritual onslaught being presently waged on our homes, families, way of life is underway and we have long been counselled to fortify ourselves and homes against its attack.  Have we made the kind of effort the Nephites did?  Are we as secure and comfortable behind our fortifications as we might be?  I think our situation is every bit as precarious as that of the Nephites and it is time to make certain our fortifications are strong.

I love that after the Lamanites abandonned their designs the Nephites thanked God for their deliverance.  It would have been easy for them to take the credit unto themselves or to give undue credit even to their leader. It was in deed God who preserved them and such will be the case with us.  When we put on God's armor and are protected by it, it is important to remember that it is His armor, that He forged and prepared it.  He made it efficacious in our behalf.  Hardly fair to boast of it for merely putting it on.

One last note:  Isn't it wonderful to see that Corianton is doing well, serving faithfully; unhampered by his past mistakes.

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