Four chapters accomplished yesterday with a goal of five for today. That will put me at 3/7 of the way done for the week. It’s not even 50%, but it’s not too bad for it only being Monday. Let’s see if I can manage (and if the toddler will let me) to get five chapters done! Ready, steady, go!
At the end of Alma 47,m Amalickiah became king of the Lamanites. As soon as he managed this feat, he began to stir up the Lamanites that they would want to go to war against the Nephites. His only reason for wanting to go to war was his deep seeded desire to be king over everything. Using his craftiness, Amalickiah appointed chief Zoramites to be in charge because they knew much about the Nephites and their way of war and the strong points and the weaknesses of the Nephite people.
Alma 48 then changes course and tells us that completely opposite of Amalickiah, Moroni is building up God for his people and preparing their minds to be faithful. While preparing these people spiritually, he was also teaching them to fortify their cities and to be prepared to go to war.
Moroni was a great man, the scriptures give us many details as to the heart of him. We learn that Moroni worked to maintain freedom, liberty, family, Christianity, that he was a might man with a perfect understanding, that his soul joyed in liberty, whose heart did swell in thanksgiving to God, who joyed in freedom for himself and his brethren. And most importantly, Moroni was a man that was solid in his faith of Jesus Christ and would fight to keep his oath to defend his beliefs.
The Nephites that Moroni led were a courageous people and a faithful people that would only fight if they knew that it was to defend themselves. By doing so, they would keep their covenants and God would assist them in prospering in the land. Moroni was such a strong leader and so solid in his faith and commitment to God, that verse 17 reads: “Yea, verily, verily, I say unto you, if all men had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Moroni, behold, the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever; yea, the devil would never have power over the hearts of the children of men.”
I’d like to take you back a minute here…. remember Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah? Do you recall that they were the vilest of sinners? That they led away many hearts and were horrible in the sight of God and their people? Now, I have just shared what a great man that Moroni was and in Alma 48:18 it states: “Behold, he (Moroni) was a man like unto Ammon, the son of Mosiah, ye, and even the other sons of Mosiah, yea, and also Alma and his sons, for they were all men of God.” So we can see that a man that is the vilest of sinners can turn to God and be great…. Moroni is compared in greatness to men that who once were abominable in the the sight of God. How great is the Atonement?
Next up, we read of Helaman, the oldest son of Alma the younger. We learn that he and his brethren were still out preaching repentance to the Nephites and all who would listen. Many were humbled because of the words of these men and this allowed internal peace for the Nephites. As this chapter comes to a close, we learn that the Nephite had to go to battle against the Lamanites and that the wars lasted many years. With this, the Nephites fought to protect their liberties and their families and their religion, but they were sorrowed to be sending Lamanites to their death without them having a knowledge of Jesus Christ. I really appreciate knowing that one can defend themselves and what they know is right and still feel sorrow for what they must do in order to protect.
I leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.