Man... I can only imagine what Ammon's joy truly felt like. After reading D&C 18:15-16
, I begin to see why Ammon fainted due to overwhelming joy so many times throughout his mission. Dedicating a full chapter to nothing but the rejoicing of Ammon seems perfectly reasonable.
I always thought his brothers were kind of rude to intrude on Ammon's rejoicing by accusing him of being carried away unto boasting. But reading it closely, in verse 9, Ammon says that if it wasn't for them having gone down to the city of the Lamanites, they would still be in darkness. This assumes that God wouldn't have called others to do the same thing, which He very well could have. So maybe his brother's accusation was a bit valid, even though I'm sure Ammon didn't mean it that way.
I love verse 12. "I will boast of my God for in his strength, I can do all things.
" Great stuff.
Verses 17-19 cause me (as I assume it does for any person who has sinned and then received a blessing thought undeserved) to reflect upon the many, many blessings I have received. This, coupled with the perfect knowledge I have of all the sin I have committed, and continue to commit on a daily basis, makes for an almost unbearable dichotomy within myself. Why, when I know I have done so much wrong, do I continue to find grace in God's eyes to the extent He deems me worthy of so many blessings? I do know the answer to this, yet even that knowledge is hard to except, when I see so many others suffering so much more than I am, and seem to be so much more righteous than I. I must trust in God's judgement, and do the best I can each day to honor Him. Despite my many shortcomings, I still know that God is perfect.
Yup... This chapter is indeed a wonderful one. Thank heavens for Ammon and the sons of Mosiah.