Saturday, April 30, 2011

You have the courage!


  The story of the sons of Mosiah has always been one of my favorite stories to read in the Book of Mormon. It is a story of faith, courage, and valiance. But if you know the history of these men, you would understand who they really were. Before their conversion they used to run around stealing from, and mocking those who believed in the Messiah. They rejected the teachings of their father and the church and wanted nothing to do with it. But after the conversion of their friend Alma (the younger), they realized the blessings that came from living the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they started sharing it with everyone around them.
 And that is were their story starts. They went on many missions, all over the country and to many different people. The lamanites were one of those groups of people they taught. In the Book of Alma it describes just what these people were like,
 "And assuredly it was great, for they had undertaken to preach the word of God to a awild and a hardened and a ferocious people; a people who delighted in murdering the Nephites, and robbing and plundering them; and their hearts were set upon riches, or upon gold and silver, and precious stones; yet they sought to obtain these things by murdering and plundering, that they might not labor for them with their own hands.
 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols, and the acurse of God had fallen upon them because of the btraditions of their fathers..."
  Not exactly the kind of people I would like to run into while tracting in Wyoming. But Ammon and his brothers willingly went into the lands of the Lamanites to share this great message with them. They knew that it had changed their hearts, and they knew that it could change the lamanite people's too.
The world is a tough place, no matter where you are. All of us face challenges and hardships that test our faith. If we are mocked, cheated, robbed or hurt for what we believe in, is that going to stop us from living a good life? I don't think these men are the only ones who have the ability to gain the courage that they had. We all need to trust in the knowledge of our Savior, and know that he is with us. If we are doing the things He wants us to do, then He has promised to help us. So go out, remember who you are and keep fighting a good fight. You have the courage!

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