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Saturday, January 30, 2016
Alma 42-62 Aka the War Chapters of the Book of Mormon
So much to think about in these
chapters. I am going to focus on one thing that is personal to me. When I was
researching and starting this post I thought I was going to talk about the two
thousand Sons of Helaman and the faith they possessed. I was going to talk
about their parent and what they much have been like. I ever was going to reference
the following scriptures: Alma 53:20 and Alma 56: 47-48. I am not going to expand on all of that. I
think you get where I am going with it.
I want to talk about something
that is even more personal. War. I am the least political person. I won’t talk
about politics. No news shows for me. When it comes to current events if I don’t
happen to see it in my Facebook news feed it is not even in my realm of existence.
I am like a bird with its head in the sand. I know there are wars in countries
all over the world. I know awful things are going on everywhere. Children
suffering, animals suffering, people dying, hurting being tortured. I know this
I don’t need to see it read about it or immerse myself in the details of it. These chapters teach us that the Lord wanted
us to know that war would be a reality in our day and age. This book was preserved
for us after all.
I am not in a country where I
have to pick up a sword or gun and fight to continue to be a Christian. I hope
I never do. But I do have a war I fight. I have, like all of us been at war
since before we even came to this earth. See Revelations 12:7-9. Satan is at
war with the Children of God every day. He is battling with us. He knows our
weakness and plants demons, self-doubt, and fear in our hearts. He whispers in
our ears. He acts like a buddy; a friend and tries to convince us that one
little transgression is no big deal. Maybe one isn’t, but I say it is. It is
the gateway. Open the window a crack and you might be giving Satan the power to
uproot the whole house and leave you fully exposed to all of his power of evil.
Oh, it probably wont be quick or all at once. You might not even notice it
happening. You might even find temporary joy and happiness in your
transgression. But, you will start to lose the war. The one you fought to win
before you were even born.
Except, we know we are not
perfect. We will all sin. We will all transgress. So what now? Is there no
hope? Should I let my “Mormon Guilt” take over and say, “Welp, I messed up
might as well keep doing it.” Let me
tell you the answer is no! There is a way. There is hope. We can and will win
this war that we are in. The Savior Jesus Christ provided the way for us to
come back from the smallest to biggest sins or mistakes. Pray daily. Study the word of God. Reach out
to friend of family. Know that even in the worst most contentious, bloodiest
wars and times of our lives we are not alone. Have faith and hope. Put on the armor
of God. Start your day with a prayer. Keep
it in your heart all day. I am so far
from perfect. I am a sinner. I fall. I yell when a soft word would do a better
job. I hurt people without even realizing it. I am a work in progress.
I hope you find your strength
and are inspired to help bring others to the Light. To help them win the war
against their demons. To love others as Christ loved us. To not delight in the
shedding of blood. To be like Captain Moroni.
visit TheWarChapters for inspiring reading about this section of the Book of Mormon