Aaron and His Brethren Went Forth – Alma 23:4-5

4 And now it came to pass that when the king had sent forth this proclamation, that Aaron and his brethren went forth from city to city, and from one house of worship to another, establishing churches, and consecrating priests and teachers throughout the land among the Lamanites, to preach and to teach the word of God among them; and thus they began to have great success.
5 And thousands were brought to the knowledge of the Lord, yea, thousands were brought to believe in the traditions of the Nephites; and they were taught the records and prophecies which were handed down even to the present time.

I wrote last November about the durability of the Lamanites’ conversion and suggested some reasons for it. I’d like to suggest a few more based on these two verses:

  1. Aaron and his brethren were out visiting the people. Their own conversion was strong, and so the new members benefitted from having direct interactions with them.
  2. They established churches and consecrated priests and teachers to lead and to teach them. Meeting together frequently and teaching one another the word of God enabled them to strengthen one another. 
  3. They were taught from the scriptures. The scriptures keep us in touch with the fundamentals and help us to remember that God is “the same yesterday, today, and forever” (1 Nephi 10:18). As Elder Neal A. Maxwell observed:

The holy scriptures represent mankind’s spiritual memory. And when man’s connection with scripture is severed, mortals are tragically deprived of an awareness of spiritual history, blinding the eyes of faith…. Without this precious, spiritual perspective, the human family is seldom more than one generation away from deep doubt and even disbelief (“God Will Yet Reveal,” General Conference, October 1986).

Today, I will be grateful for the ways the Lord helps me to grow in the gospel–allowing me to interact with people of great spiritual maturity, giving me opportunities to teach and to be taught, and giving me access to the spiritual history contained in the scriptures.

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