Alma 53: 2, 20 – 21; 56: 46 – 48

Verse 2: And Moroni went to the city of Mulek with Lehi, and took command of the city and gave it unto Lehi. Now behold, this Lehi was a man who had been with Moroni in the more part of all his battles; and he was a man like unto Moroni, and they rejoiced in each other’s safety; yea, they were beloved by each other, and also beloved by all the people of Nephi.

            I’ve also experienced friendship with others whom I have learned to love. Working together in our lives has strengthened us and given us joy. I rejoice in their achievements and accomplishments. Their lives have lifted mine.      Friendship has been one of the blessings of my life. Many people from my past hold a place in my heart and have blessed my life through our interactions together.

Verse 20: And they were all young men, and they were exceedingly valiant for courage, and also for strength and activity; but behold, this was not all—they were men who were true at all times in whatsoever thing they were entrusted.

Verse 21: Yea, they were men of truth and soberness, for they had been taught to keep the commandments of God and to walk uprightly before Him.

            These young men have been an inspiration for me since I was a child, through my young womanhood years, while I raised my children, and even now as I am older. Their valiant courage, strength and activity in doing what was right, in serving their country, and in helping their fathers keep their covenants, has inspired me to be more valiant. Their commitment to truth and obedience to God has increased my desire to be true to Heavenly Father and His work. I’ve wanted to be the kind of person, teacher, and mother that these young men were in being true to the stewardships entrusted to me as they were to theirs.

Chapter 56

Verse 46: For as I had ever called them my sons (for they were all of them very young) even so they said unto me: Father, behold our God is with us, and he will not suffer that we should fall; then let us go forth; we would not slay our brethren if they would let us alone; therefore let us go, lest they should overpower the army of Antipus.

Verse 47: Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.

Verse 48: And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it.

Age doesn’t determine faithfulness. Being true to the truths that we have been taught is what shows our faith. A child can be obedient as can a teenager or adult. Old people can still have faith and obey God’s commandments. Being true to ourselves enables us to be true to others.

            Being true to God helps us to do hard things. Trusting His ways helps us accomplish what seems impossible on our own. If we fear God we do not need to fear anything else. Trusting Him helps us accomplish what He asks of us according to His purposes.

            I have wanted to be the kind of mother and teacher that would help others be able to say they didn’t doubt God because they knew that I knew His truths. I have used and lived by God’s truths in my life. I have wanted my choices to be a reflection of my faith in God and His commandments. I’ve achieved some of that trust. I see that there are areas in which I can do better.

            My desire to show my faith in God by my life and choices increases as I get older and my influence reaches beyond my family. I am grateful for the truth I’ve been given and want to help others also to receive the blessings of truth in their lives.

            May we each do the best we can to live the truth we know.

Dani

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