Mon - Apr 13, 2009 : 11:22 am
Alma : 22
Well.. I got to verse 3, when a concept which, for some reason, has been pounded into my spirit throughout pretty much my whole life, came ringing true and clear. What is that concept, you ask? Don't assume to know anything about the effect you may have on others. Sometimes you can tell, but sometimes you can't.
Because of the honesty, love, and charity Ammon had when confronting King Lamoni's father, we know that an entire nation of the Lamanites was converted more stoutly to the gospel than pretty much anyone else in scripture.
When Aaron went in to the King to preach to him, the king told him to help him figure out what Ammon's motives were for being so nice to his son.
The bottom line is (sorry for the scattered post, not sure why my brain isn't working quite right as of late) is this:
When you are going about doing the work of God, you are most likely, uknowingly, changing hearts and planting seeds in the people with whom you interact.
Did Ammon know the effect his actions would have on Lamoni's father? My guess is - "no". Did he have to? Not at all, because Ammon knew he was doing God's work to the best of his ability, and letting the chips fall where they may.
Even though this wasn't the case with Lamoni's father, when someone doesn't react at all to a spiritual gift given, or even if the reaction is negative. You still don't know what kind of thoughts might have been planted, and when those thoughts might crop up.
Anyway. On to verse 4.
Also, another thing popped in my head while thinking about all this. Sometimes as people, we want recognition for the things we do. This is totally natural, in my opinion. If Ammon wanted the recognition for having piqued the heart of Lamoni's father, and ultimately putting things in motion to convert thousands of people to the truth, he didn't show it. He simply went where the spirit told him to go. Ammon wasn't even around when the king of all the Lamanites was shown the truth. I only hope I can someday be that humble.
Also... Something I noticed in verse 12 is that both Ammon (when converting Lamoni) and Aaron converting Lamoni's father, both got their students to agree to believe what was being said before actually teaching them. I know it stands to reason, but sometimes, as a missionary, it's hard to guage the student's level of belief before feeding them some truth. Interesting, anyway.
Verse 22 - "disturbance"? "contention"? I'd be more worried about my life being taken from me than that, but I guess that mindset of a missionary is definitely one of spiritual conservation. Very interesting they were worried more about losing the spirit than being killed by the mob.