My very favorite story this morning in Gospel Doctrine. I LOVE the stories in Alma about missionary work to the Lamanites. I LOVE that they put all their trust in God and went into enemy territory! I love that they all succeeded and returned well. I love that Ammon was so “disarming” out in the fields and then nonchalantly went to care for the horses. Who me? Yah, I just cut off 7 arms but it was nothing!
Surely the last place you would want to go as a missionary is among this violent and hateful people. Sending a son among them while you sat white-knuckled in worry at home would be even worse. Mosiah knew those nagging concerns, and sought the Lord about the safety of his children until he received this assurance. “Let them go up, for many shall believe on their words, and they shall have eternal life; and I will deliver thy sons out of the hands of the Lamanites (Mosiah 28:7).
This assurance did not mean that the sons of Mosiah would know ease and comfort on this mission. These men, who would have been kings in their own land, suffered every deprivation and persecution because of their commitment to God. Those who were imprisoned in Middoni, for instance, “were naked, and their skins were worn exceedingly because of being bound with strong cords. And they also had suffered hunger, thirst, and all kinds of afflictions” (Alma 20:29). Some days must have been grueling, frightening, yet what price is too great to pay to come to know God? They were urged on not just for the ultimate reward of being in the kingdom of God someday, but by the Spirit that dwelt in them here and now. The truly and deeply converted are urged with a power from within to share the sweetness of the gospel. They tremble to think of any soul being lost. Like those who partook of the fruit of the tree of life and then immediately looked to share it with others, so do those who have felt the embracing love of the Savior yearn to bring others into his arms.
This from Meridian Magazine . . . the most wonderful site to get a new perspective for gospel study!