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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Alma 57

Hello everyone. Sorry for my tardiness! Tori was kind enough to switch days with me since I started school and am crazy busy. But I still wanted to particpate, so wonderful Tori switched with me. Thanks Tori!

Summary: Helaman recounts the taking of Antiparah and the surrender and later the defense of Cumeni—His Ammonite striplings fight valiantly and all are wounded, but none are slain—Gid reports the slaying and the escape of the Lamanite prisoners. About 64—63 B.C.

In this chapter, the Nephites take two cities. They are very smart in how they do this. But what really struck me about this chapter was the last part, talking about the faith of all the warriors. The outcome of this battle was miraculous.
26 And now, their preservation was astonishing to our whole army, yea, that they should be spared while there was a thousand of our brethren who were slain. And we do justly ascribe it to the miraculous power of God, because of their exceeding faith in that which they had been taught to believe—that there was a just God, and whosoever did not doubt, that they should be preserved by his marvelous power.
27 Now this was the faith of these of whom I have spoken; they are young, and their minds are firm, and they do put their trust in God continually.

These verses are amazing. It would take a tremendous amount of faith to go into battle and know that you would be preserved. God really does have the power to do all things if we but have the faith that He will grant us answers to our prayers. We do need to put our trust in God continually. He has put us on this path and called each of us to endure some battle on this earth. I know that we cannot endure it without His help. I have never felt this so much as in the past few weeks since starting school. I feel like such a huge burden has been placed on my shoulders, and I really want to stick with it. But I come home each day not sure houw I am going to make it. I have never pleaded and prayed so much for help. And I know my prayers have been heard. It's only been two weeks, but I feel like I have accomplished so much with the Lord's help, and I know there is no way I will finish without His help. I feel so blessed to have His influence in my life.

35 And behold, we are again delivered out of the hands of our enemies. And blessed is the name of our God; for behold, it is he that has delivered us; yea, that has done this great thing for us.

What I love about this verse is that they Nephites have overcome another mountain. And the first thing they do after accomplishing this amazing feat is thank God. Heavenly Father is always there for us. He will lift us up and give us strength beyond our own. He will help us overcome anything, get through anything. We just need to believe. We need to continually exercise faith. "The times we feel alone are the ones when we forgot to ask for His saving Grace. We must do whatever it takes to stay in His embrace." (From an EFY song) The Lord is always there for us. We just have to have the faith to turn to Him. It is amazing what He will do for us when we have the faith.

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