Thursday, July 29, 2010

Alma - Chapter 50

There is a comment, probably from Mormon, during his abridgment that states:
"....there never was a happier time among the people of Nephi, than in the days of Moroni." (verse 23)
Never a happier time?  Not even during the reign of King Benjamin?  I think this is astonishing!  Consider their situation.  They are spending enormous efforts in preparation for war.  They've just had a serious war with an enemy they are certain to meet again.  How can this be a happy time?  I think the answer must be that happiness is not a condition of prosperity and peace, but rather a condition of obedience and sacrifice.  These people are doing exactly what the Lord desires of them and it shows, despite worldly circumstances around them.  This is a huge lesson for me.  I've been invited to speak to a group of youth next week.  Their leaders are concerned because these young people have developed a 'what's the use' attitude toward life.  A notion that there's no point in going to college for example because the world's about to end and the effort would be wasted.  Verse 23 of Chapter 50 is an answer to my prayers and hopefully this Bishop's prayers as well.

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