Monday, July 20, 2015

Alma 15:16 - 15:19

Alma 15:16 And it came to pass that Alma and Amulek, Amulek having forsaken all his gold, and silver, and his precious things, which were in the land of Ammonihah, for the word of God, he being rejected by those who were once his friends and also by his father and his kindred;

Amulek paid a high price for his renewed faith in Christ. He had lost the affections and relationship of his friends, various family members and particularly his father. This along with all his possessions such as his home and valuables.

I guess you really find out who your friends are in situations like these. His father may have been part of the leadership of Ammonihah and he decided that his position was more important than his son. I am wondering if the family members included wife and children as well. Maybe they did not die in the fire but their loyalty to the leadership of Ammonihah also was more important than their “crazed husband.”

Alma 15:17 Therefore, after Alma having established the church at Sidom, seeing a great check, yea, seeing that the people were checked as to the pride of their hearts, and began to humble themselves before God, and began to assemble themselves together at their sanctuaries to worship God before the altar, watching and praying continually, that they might be delivered from Satan, and from death, and from destruction—

Alma’s work in Sidom was going well. The people were listening to him and had spot sliding down the slippery slope toward pride and stiff neckedness. They were attending church services and paying close attention to their social practices to make sure they were not integrating the concepts of satan into their social fabric. They had saved themselves from the same condition that Ammonihah had now found themselves in.

Alma 15:18 Now as I said, Alma having seen all these things, therefore he took Amulek and came over to the land of Zarahemla, and took him to his own house, and did administer unto him in his tribulations, and strengthened him in the Lord.

The two made their way back to Zarahemla. The situation in Sidom was going like they wanted and it was time to return home to rest from their labors. Amulek was still carrying a heavy heart because of the loss of so much in his life. Alma continued to encourage him to remain faithful to the Lord and he would have all his loses made up to him some day.

This is a promise to us all. The things that we lose because we tried to be faithful to the gospel will be made up for and I know it will be made up for way beyond anything we could even conger up in our minds.

Alma 15:19 And thus ended the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.

Year 10 of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi was now over.

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