5 And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just–yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them–therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God.
6 Therefore he took Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner; and Himni he did leave in the church in Zarahemla; but the former three he took with him, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, who were at Melek; and he also took two of his sons.
7 Now the eldest of his sons he took not with him, and his name was Helaman; but the names of those whom he took with him were Shiblon and Corianton; and these are the names of those who went with him among the Zoramites, to preach unto them the word.
An important part of goal setting is figuring out whose help you need to accomplish your goals. When Alma saw the situation of the Zoramites, he determined that they needed to hear the word of God. His first step was to assemble a team of capable missionaries to travel with him and contribute to the effort. Note that he was as thoughtful about who he didn’t bring as about who he did bring: he deliberately didn’t bring Himni and Helaman, leaving them in Zarahemla to move the work forward there.
Alma was the chief judge, and so he had some authority to make these assignments. But whether or not we are in a position of authority, we can think about whose help we need to enlist in order to achieve our goals. Thinking that through up front, and achieving their buy-in, can be key to our success.
Today, I will review my goals for the rest of 2016 and ask myself the question, “Who can help me accomplish this goal?” I will reach out to those people and request their support.