Saturday, August 7, 2010

Alma - Chapter 59

Helaman's success compounded Captain Moroni's problems, yet Moroni still rejoiced in Helaman's success.  Rather than being jealous, angry or feeling sorry for himself, Moroni realized the real problem.  There remained a number of the Nephites who chose not to seek or be worthy of the blessings they collectively needed.  Section 121 of the Doctrine and Covenants teaches us that if our thoughts are filled with virtue (this is virtue in the broader sense, including all that is wholesome and good) then our confidence with wax strong in the presence of the Lord.  This works individually and as groups.  If some of the group aren't making right choices then it stands to reason that confidence in the outcome for the group will diminish in the minds and hearts of all, even the righteous.

You and I may be justified in lacking confidence in America, or the world for that matter.  Fortunately, we also belong to smaller groups.  Some of which, the church being the classic example, are prospering because a vast majority of that group share the confidence of which we speak.  The same could be said of our own local communities and families.  Of course it applies to our own individual lives.

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