Monday, January 18, 2016

Today's Favorite Verse: Alma 22:18

Today's Favorite Verse: Alma 22:18
"O God, Aaron hath told me that there is a God; and if there is a God, and if thou art God, wilt thou make thyself known unto me, and I will give away all my sins to know thee, and that I may be raised from the dead, and be saved at the last day. And now when the king had said these words, he was struck as if he were dead."

This chapter continues the mission of Aaron and his brethren. Ammon has left to go teach the people of Lamoni. Aaron is led by the spirit to preach the gospel to king Lamoni's father. Before preaching to him he offers himself to be his servant, very similar to what Ammon had done to king Lamoni. We find that Lamoni's father the king has been pondering on the words of Ammon since they last spoke. He sincerely wants to know the meaning of those words. The spirit has been working to soften his heart.

Aaron begins to expound the scriptures and plan of redemption to the king's understanding. The king then asks "Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day? Behold, said he, I will give up all that I possess, yea, I will forsake my kingdom, that I may receive this great joy."

Aaron tells him to bow down before God and repent, which he then does. His experience is very similar to that of his son Lamoni's. The light of Christ had prepared his heart to receive the Holy Spirit and be filled with joy. The other key thing I see is the king was willing to give up all his sins to know God. This made me ponder on the importance of giving up all my sin to know the Lord. Nothing should be held back. When a sincere heart lays it all on the alter the Lords response is quick and powerful.

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