Friday, December 5, 2014

Sharing the Lord's Language

The Lord takes every event in a people's history or personal life and uses it to bless His children or bring about goodness from it

In Mosiah 23:36 we read about the Lamenites promising Alma and his brethren that if they would show them the way which led to the land of Nephi, they would grant them their lives and liberty. In verse 37 we learn that after Alma did show them the way that led to the land of Nephi the Lamenites would not keep their promise. In verse 38 we learn those were not guards over the people in the land of Helam did go to the land of Nephi.

In Mosiah 24:5 As Amulon was favored by the king of the Lamenites and was able to appoint teachers in every land of the King of the Lamenites;   we learn that Amulon's people did not teach about God to the Lamenites , but that they were friendly with the Lamenites and they taught them to keep their record.

A very strong witness of the Lord taking a trial and turning it for good is that because of this bondage or trial it says in Mosiah 24:4, " and thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamenites."

As we flash forward into Mosiah 28:1 we see the rebellious sons of Mosiah, after converting to the Lord then desired to go to the land Nephi that they might preach the word of God to their brethren the Lamenites.

From these scriptures we can see that although Alma's people were in bondage by the Lamenites; the Lord took a bad senerio and allowed it to work for His benefit as Amulon's people were made to teach and they were friendly. Lastly, the Lamenites learned the language of Nephi through this event.

The Lamenites knowing the language of the Nephites was surely a blessing to the Son's of Mosiah. If this had not happened communication barriers would also be one more hinderment keeping the Lamenites from having a chance to hear the gospel. 
Whether or not those Lamenites accepted the gospel the work of spreading His word was hastened even through another people's trial.

There are many senerios of these types of things in the scriptures, but another one that I always am reminded of is in the Old Testament with Esther being married to a man whom was not a Jew, yet because of her desire to serve the Lord and preserve her people she was able to use her position to bless the lives of all of the Jews. ( Esther 8 )

I want the Lord to be able to use me as an instrument in His hands even through situations of my own that are not as ideal. I hope that I can be like Esther and provide all the necessary ordinances in the temple for a long line of Italian Catholics that are my husband's ancestors.
Also, as I will be spending Christmas with the Turano family I have decided that our gifts to them will be a daily little object that has a scripture attached to it. Even if they never accept the gospel in this life, their exposure to the language of the Church of Latter Day Saints; will be familiar to them.

As members, even though we most likely will not be able to teach others another language, we can teach the language of God; which is the pure Love of Christ.
I would encourage all members to try and team up with the Lord in making our situations be used for good, and preparing His children on the earth; by being friendly to non-members  ( Mosiah 24 ) and again teaching His language of " Love " .

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