Missionary Challenge: Alma 37:37-40, 43-45

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.

And now, my son, I have somewhat to say concerning the thing which our fathers call a ball, or director—or our fathers called it Liahona, which is, being interpreted, a compass; and the Lord prepared it.

And behold, there cannot any man work after the manner of so curious a workmanship. And behold, it was prepared to show unto our fathers the course which they should travel in the wilderness.

And it did work for them according to their faith in God; therefore, if they had faith to believe that God could cause that those spindles should point the way they should go, behold, it was done; therefore they had this miracle, and also many other miracles wrought by the power of God, day by day.
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And now, my son, I would that ye should understand that these things are not without a shadow; for as our fathers were slothful to give heed to this compass (now these things were temporal) they did not prosper; even so it is with things which are spiritual.

For behold, it is as easy to give heed to the word of Christ, which will point to you a straight course to eternal bliss, as it was for our fathers to give heed to this compass, which would point unto them a straight course to the promised land.

And now I say, is there not a type in this thing? For just as surely as this director did bring our fathers, by following its course, to the promised land, shall the words of Christ, if we follow their course, carry us beyond this vale of sorrow into a far better land of promise.” – Alma 37:37-40, 43-45.

This series of scriptures is GREAT. It touches on a few ideas.

  1. Counsel with God. This means:
    1. We don’t just tell him what we’re doing. We don’t tell Him what we think He ought to do. We don’t “order” Him around. Instead, we stay open to His guidance.
    2. We don’t expect the Lord to do everything for us. We come to the Lord with a plan and a strategy. We come to the Lord willing to work and ready for His direction.

    When we counsel with God, we work with Him. It is such a great way to develop a relationship with Him. Besides, that, He is a great Counselor. He will direct our paths for our good. There is no conflict of interest.

  1. The Word of God
    1. Alma reminds us of the Liahona. When Nephi and his family exercised faith, it pointed in a direct course to the promise land. When they got lazy, it stopped working
    2. The Liahona is a symbol of the Word of Christ in our own lives. The scriptures and modern revelation – in other words – the Word of Christ – will point each of us in a direct course to Eternal bliss. Just as the Liahona brought Nephi’s family to the promised land, the Scriptures can point us to our eternal “promised land.”
    3. Don’t get lazy!
    4. Every day we must work. We must fight for the Spirit. We must counsel with the Lord. We must look to His Word. Every day we must choose to take a step closer to Heaven.

    We can also share this knowledge with others. Many people don’t have the advantage of understanding the power of prayer or the Word of Christ. Think of how their lives will be blessed with they can counsel with God and have His word available to them!

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  1. Marcia Yiapan

     /  October 6, 2012

    It’s a shame that gullible people can be so easily fooled by an impostor. This passage from Alma is clearly a cheap imitation of Holy Writ. Any linguist could tell you that. The Bible, which is quite a thick book, is enough for us. No one should add to it. In fact, the Apostle Paul warned that if anyone–even an angel–came up with a “new Gospel” he should be eternally condemned. Did you know that? Please read the Bible only and see what clouds it will dispel.

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    • Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      I have read the Bible, and I love it! 🙂 I have a testimony that it is true. I believe in Jehovah of the Old Testament, and that He came to the earth as Jesus Christ to save the world. I’m grateful for the record that we have of His life in the New Testament. I’m grateful for the law of Moses. I love the Prophecies of Christ recorded by Isaiah and other Old Testament Prophets. Is there anything better than Isaiah 53? I love the poetry of the psalms, the tender example of Job, and the bold prophet Elijah. As I’ve studied the Bible, I have approached it Spiritually – with the Holy Ghost. Paul teaches: “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” – 1 Corinthians 2:14. As I’ve studied the Bible prayerfully and spiritually, I have received a witness that it is true.

      I have also approached the Book of Mormon in the same way – prayerfully – with confidence that God and His Holy Spirit would not lead me astray. The Same Spirit that has witnessed to me of the truth of the Bible has also witnessed of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It is an amazing book! It has brought me closer to Christ. It helps to illuminate the Bible. It has changed my life for the better. I know that it is good. I know that it is the word of God.

      I encourage you to check it out. I’m not going to try to convince you of the truthfulness of it – as I know that you can gain your own witness. Conduct your own experiment. You can order a free Book of Mormon here or you can even Read it online.

      The Book of Mormon teaches us to do good. It teaches us to pray (that was the scripture quoted in the post you commented on – the scripture in Alma). It teaches us to believe in Christ. It teaches us the purpose of our lives here on earth. It is another testament of Jesus Christ – along with the Bible – not meant to compete with or replace the Bible, but meant to complement it. Again, I encourage you to read it for yourself and make your own opinion of it’s words. I know that if you approach it spiritually, then you will be able to discern it spiritually, too. I know that the Lord will tell you whether or not it is true. You don’t need to have a linguist to be a witness – what better witness is there than the Holy Spirit of God?

      Thanks again for commenting.

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  2. Marcia Yiapan, Paul had no idea the book of Revelations would be added to other books to make the Bible. The bible was compiled of many books long after Paul’s death. So his closing statement pertained to the Book of Revelations only.

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    • I should also have stated that there are many similarities between the Bible and Book of Mormon because they are both inspired by the same author. It is only logical to anyone with any sense of logic that God would send similar revelations to prophets in the Bible and Book of Mormon.

      Reply

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