The Cloud of Darkness – Helaman 5:40-42

40 And it came to pass that the Lamanites said unto him: What shall we do, that this cloud of darkness may be removed from overshadowing us?
41 And Aminadab said unto them: You must repent, and cry unto the voice, even until ye shall have faith in Christ, who was taught unto you by Alma, and Amulek, and Zeezrom; and when ye shall do this, the cloud of darkness shall be removed from overshadowing you.
42 And it came to pass that they all did begin to cry unto the voice of him who had shaken the earth; yea, they did cry even until the cloud of darkness was dispersed.

I can relate to the sensation of being covered by a “cloud of darkness.” High levels of stress can discourage me and can make my mind less clear than usual. This can happen dramatically during unusually large challenges, but it can also happen on a smaller scale during my day-to-day life when I face challenges which are unexpectedly difficult to overcome.
In the passage above, some Lamanites are surrounded by a literal cloud of darkness. A former member of the church named Aminadab is able to teach them what they must do to be liberated. He tells them to repent and to pray until they have sufficient faith to be freed.
The Bible Dictionary teaches us that repentance is “a change of mind, a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world.” Even though we generally associate repentance with sin, we might also consider it to be a tool we can use whenever our minds become confused or our hearts depressed. Turning our minds to Heavenly Father and praying until we have sufficient faith to achieve clarity of thought is a good practice, and one that I would like to follow more frequently.
Today, I will pray until I have clarity of mind and peace in my heart. As I face challenges throughout the day, I will remember that Heavenly Father can help me maintain that clarity and peace and can remove from me any “clouds of darkness” that might temporarily “overshadow” me.

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