Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Alma 23:14

"And the Amalekites were not converted, save only one; neither were any of the Amulonites; but they did harden their hearts, and also the hearts of the Lamanites in that part of the land wheresoever they dwelt, yea, and all their villages and all their cities."
Alma 23:14

This is sort of scary.  Ammon and his brethren come to preach to the Lamanites, and they have amazing, miraculous success… except among the people that actually know about the gospel already.   I think that this shows us how hard it is to get back if we forsake the gospel… in this verse ONE person does it, and seriously, that one person in my eyes is amazingly cool, to walk away from his rebellion.  What is worse, at least to me, is that not only did they stubbornly resist this free second chance from God (which we all seem to get now and then), but they also influenced other people to join them in their rebellion.   The Lamanites, who in other parts of the land were accepting the gospel in droves, here resisted the call, because of the influence of the former Nephites.   Let’s be careful today, and always, to influence others for good, and to not let our own private rebellions become public causes.

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