I Will Endeavor to Speak with Boldness – Mosiah 7:12-13

12 And now, when Ammon saw that he was permitted to speak, he went forth and bowed himself before the king; and rising again he said: O king, I am very thankful before God this day that I am yet alive, and am permitted to speak; and I will endeavor to speak with boldness;
13 For I am assured that if ye had known me ye would not have suffered that I should have worn these bands.

Ammon’s perspective:
  • King Mosiah had sent him with 15 other men to find out what had happened to a group of Nephites who had followed a man named Zeniff many years earlier to live among their enemies, the Lamanites (Mosiah 7:1-3).
  • Ammon and his men didn’t know anything about the people of King Limhi (Zeniff’s grandson).  They didn’t know whether they had been destroyed by the Lamanites, whether they had united with the Lamanites, or whether they were still loyal to their compatriots in Zarahemla.
  • After traveling for forty days, upon arriving in the land of Shilom, Ammon and three of his men were taken captive and imprisoned for two days before being brought before King Limhi (Mosiah 7:5-8).
King Limhi’s perspective:
  • He and his people were in bondage to the Lamanites.  They had made several attempts to free themselves and had suffered many casualties (Mosiah 21:6-12).
  • He had sent messengers to find Zarahemla.  Those men had found the ruins of a great city and had reported to the king that Zarahemla had been destroyed (Mosiah 21:25-26).
  • The king assumed that Ammon and his men were some of the wicked priests of his father, King Noah, who were in hiding and who had caused significant trouble to him and his people (Mosiah 21:20-23).
Under the circumstances, it was indeed bold for Ammon to speak so openly to the king.  One reason he could be so bold was because he assumed that his audience had the best of motives.  He could easily have been resentful of the cold welcome he had received or fearful that his captors would not respond favorably to his message.  Instead he told himself, “They don’t have all of the facts.  If they did, they wouldn’t be treating me this way.”
What if we all approached disagreements with that attitude: “I believe that if you had all of the facts, you would act differently.”  When we assume the best in others, we treat them with respect and we avoid reacting emotionally.  We are willing to make the effort to explain the facts as we understand them, and we are also willing to hear their understanding of the facts.  Additionally, we can speak with boldness because we believe that our words will be well-received and will make a difference.
Today, I will “endeavor to speak with boldness.”  I will believe in the reasonableness of my colleagues, friends, and family, and I will share my perspectives openly with them, believing that they will act wisely when they are in possession of all of the facts.
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