Friday, August 28, 2015

Alma 19:6 - 19:10

Alma 19:6 Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind, and the light which did light up his mind, which was the light of the glory of God, which was a marvelous light of his goodness—yea, this light had infused such joy into his soul, the cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in his soul, yea, he knew that this had overcome his natural frame, and he was carried away in God—

Ammon was aware that Lamoni was in a comatose state but under the control of God. Removing the attitude of unbelief and know almost nothing of Godliness would take some intense conditioning. Lamoni was now going through that change. His attitudes towards his people and all others were being changed and that was going to take some time and would not happen in just a few minutes. When he awaken, he would be a totally different man and have a totally different outlook on life and all around him.

This would explain Ammon seeming indifference to Lamoni's condition. He knew what was happening to Lamoni and that it would just take time for it to take place, but all would be well in due time.

Alma 19:7 Therefore, what the queen desired of him was his only desire. Therefore, he went in to see the king according as the queen had desired him; and he saw the king, and he knew that he was not dead.

The queen’s desire for her husband was only Ammon’s desire. Ammon wanted him to awaken as well because he knew the king was not dead.

I am sure that Ammon was excited to see the change that was certainly be taking place in Lamoni. I'm sure that Ammon was envisioning how the missionary work would begin in earnest from this time forth.

Alma 19:8 And he said unto the queen: He is not dead, but he sleepeth in God, and on the morrow he shall rise again; therefore bury him not.

Ammon told the queen that Lamoni was not dead. He was only in a deep sleep but he would awaken the next morning.

Alma 19:9 And Ammon said unto her: Believest thou this? And she said unto him: I have had no witness save thy word, and the word of our servants; nevertheless I believe that it shall be according as thou hast said.

Ammon asks the queen if she believes him. She replies that she does even though she only has his word and the word of the king's servants.

Alma 19:10 And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith; I say unto thee, woman, there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites.

The queen's acceptance to his decoration concerning her husband takes Ammon back a little. No one among the Nephites had ever shown this kind of faith.

I can remember my reaction to the missionaries as they taught me those many years ago. I accepted their word right off even though I had their word only. I guess I was ready to hear and accept the gospel when I took the missionary lessons.

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