Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Alma 62

As this multi-year war between the Nephites and the Lamanites came to a close, the tired warriors returned to their homes. The Book of Mormon notes two different responses to the long trial the people had faced:

41 But behold, because of the exceedingly great length of the war between the Nephites and the Lamanites many had become hardened, because of the exceedingly great length of the war; and many were softened because of their aafflictions, insomuch that they did humble themselves before God, even in the depth of humility.

We have a choice on how we will respond to trials and challenges in our lives. Some curse God as unjust or deny that he exists. Others sense his tender mercies in the midst of their afflictions and humble themselves in gratitude for those helps in time of trial. I believe that our trials prepare us to feel more deeply the trials of others. They teach us if we are humble. Those who accepted their trials with humility and faith undoubtedly were the same ones who remembered God in their prosperity.

48 And the people of Nephi began to prosper again in the land, and began to multiply and to wax exceedingly strong again in the land. And they began to grow exceedingly rich.

49 But notwithstanding their riches, or their strength, or their prosperity, they were not lifted up in the pride of their eyes; neither were they slow to remember the Lord their God; but they did humble themselves exceedingly before him.

50 Yea, they did remember how great things the Lord had done for them, that he had delivered them from death, and from bonds, and from prisons, and from all manner of afflictions, and he had delivered them out of the hands of their enemies.

51 And they did pray unto the Lord their God continually, insomuch that the Lord did bless them, according to his word, so that they did wax strong and prosper in the land.

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