It Was Easier to Keep the City…Than to Retake It – Alma 59:9

9 And now as Moroni had supposed that there should be men sent to the city of Nephihah, to the assistance of the people to maintain that city, and knowing that it was easier to keep the city from falling into the hands of the Lamanites than to retake it from them, he supposed that they would easily maintain that city.

There is a simple but powerful principle embedded in this verse: it is easier to keep something we already have than to regain it after we have lost it. How easily we take for granted the things that we currently have and focus our attention instead on new experiences and challenges. Today, I resolve to pay attention to the things that are going well in my life, such as family relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being, and to invest sufficient time and energy in those aspects of life to maintain what I already have. Of course I want to progress, to gain new skills, and to prepare myself for new opportunities. But I want to make sure that I continue to build on a solid foundation, that I don’t give up the ground I have already gained, and that I continue to invest in those things which matter most to me and to those I love.

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  1. I love the practicality of this counsel. It is applicable in so many areas of life. Keeping and maintaining the “ground we've won” in regards to faith and testimony expresses gratitude to God for what we've received. Said in other words, neglecting or taking for granted the blessings we've received or the ground we've gained demonstrates a lack of perspective and appreciation. Thanks for this reminder.


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