Alma 46: 8 – 9, 12 – 14, 15 – 18

Verse 8:  Thus we see how quick the children of men do forget the Lord their God, yea, how quick to do iniquity, and to be led away by the evil one.

Verse 9: Yea, and we also see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men.

            Many years ago, I listened to a talk in Sacrament Meeting, in which the speaker said that because people are forgetful, prayer can help us to remember. The habit of daily prayer can help us remember the Lord our God. It can help us remember to obey His commandments. It can help us remember what is eternally important.

            I believe prayer can help us teach our children to remember and to love the Lord our God also. I’ve found prayer a help and a blessing over my life. When I’ve taken the time to pray, my heart has been turned to God. It has helped my focus come back to Him and not to remain on my own problems. It has helped me to remember that He is in charge and that I can trust Him to help me through my difficulties and trials.

            Conversely, when we forget to pray, the enemy of God has more chance to take away our faith in God and to tempt us to not obey God’s commandments. Then he is more able to lead to transgression and sin. Remembering Heavenly Father and His love and Jesus Christ and His atonement made because of His love for us, helps us to be more quick to do good and to follow Them.

            One man can have an influence among many, whether for good or ill. One person’s choices have an influence. Each individual’s choices affects other people. What each person chooses in life will be for good or bad in the lives of others: an important point to ponder.

Verse 12:  And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it—In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children—and he fastened it upon the end of a pole.

Verse 13: And he fastened on his head-plate, and his breastplate, and his shields, and girded on his armor about his loins; and he took the pole, which had on the end thereof his rent coat, (and he called it the title of liberty) and he bowed himself to the earth, and he prayed mightily unto his God for the blessings of liberty to rest upon his brethren, so long as there should a band of Christians remain to possess the land—

Verse 14:  For thus were all the true believers of Christ, who belonged to the church of God, called by those who did not belong to the church.

            I love the symbolism Moroni shows here in rending his coat, a reminder that the people are a remnant of Jacob and Joseph’s descendants. He reminds his people of their history.   Moroni gives the purpose in their fighting to retain the freedom that God had given them, as well as for their families and peaceful living. When he was prepared, he prayed to God for specific blessings for his people.

            I like that followers of Christ, even before His birth, were called Christians. True believers of Christ are those who seek to follow His teachings. They are people who covenant with Him and His Father to be obedient, to remember His Atonement and to use it in their lives, and to live so they can have the Holy Spirit guide them in their lives.

            Those who do not believe Christ called those who do Christians. It was probably not said in complement. Christians take it in complement and wear it with gratitude because we recognize the gifts given to us by Jesus Christ.

            It is similar to those who hated the Latter-day Saints in the time of the restoration of the Church and called them “Mormons”. It was not given as a complement to the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believed in the Book of Mormon. It was not offensive to those who believed the Book of Mormon to be God’s word because Mormon was a good man, a prophet who was humble and sought goodness. He sought to do all that Jesus Christ wanted Him to do and blessed many peoples’ lives.

            Although “Mormon” was not an accurate title for the members of the Church because we are followers of Jesus Christ, it is not offensive. I want to be known as a true believer of Jesus Christ by everyone. I want people to know that I believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God to His prophets who lived anciently in the Americas.  I am a Mormon Christian.

Verse 15: And those who did belong to the church were faithful; yea, all those who were true believers in Christ took upon them, gladly, the name of Christ, or Christians as they were called, because of their belief in Christ who should come.

Verse 16: And therefore, at this time, Moroni prayed that the cause of the Christians, and the freedom of the land might be favored.

Verse 17: And it came to pass that when he had poured out his soul to God, he named all the land which was south of the land Desolation, yea, and in fine, all the land, both on the north and on the south—A chosen land, and the land of liberty.

Verse 18: And he said: Surely God shall not suffer that we, who are despised because we take upon us the name of Christ, shall be trodden down and destroyed, until we bring it upon us by our own transgressions.

            God loves all of His children and supports us in doing His will. His goal s to help us learn and understand, then help us walk on the path Home to Him. We come from different backgrounds and have various personalities. He works with us individually to help us learn in the ways that we specifically need to come unto Jesus Christ.

            As we pour out our souls to God in prayer, He is pleased. He will keep His covenants to us as we do all in our power to keep our covenants with Him.   He will lift us up in the face of our adversaries so that we can succeed in doing His will.

            Let us believe in Christ and take His name upon ourselves. Let us do His work and bless the world around us.


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