Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mosiah 23

Alma and his people escaped the Land of Nephi and established their own little colony on principles of righteousness and equality. They had no king, and Alma refused to be a king, saying

7 But he said unto them: Behold, it is not expedient that we should have a king; for thus saith the Lord: Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another; therefore I say unto you it is not expedient that ye should have a king.

However, after a period of peace and prosperity, they were discovered by the Lamanites and again brought into bondage. Mormon's comment was

21 Nevertheless the Lord seeth fit to chasten his people; yea, he trieth their patience and their faith.

22 Nevertheless—whosoever putteth his trust in him the same shall be lifted up at the last day.
Elder Allan Packer of the Seventy said, "When the winds blow and the rains pour, they blow and pour on all. Those who have built their foundations on bedrock rather than sand survive the storms. There is a way to build on bedrock by developing a deep personal conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and knowing how to receive inspiration. We must know—and know that we know. We must stand spiritually and temporally independent of all worldly creatures. This begins by understanding that God the Father is the Father of our spirits and that He loves us, that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer and Savior, and that the Holy Ghost can communicate with our minds and our hearts. This is how we receive inspiration. We need to learn how to recognize and apply these promptings." (Allan F. Packer, “Finding Strength in Challenging Times!,” Ensign, May 2009, 17–19)
The gospel of Jesus Christ has not protected me from all trials in life, but as I have learned to trust in the Lord and seek him in prayer I have found the strength to handle those trials. I have discovered that those who have that trust have peace in the storm.

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