Witnesses of God – Mosiah 18:9

8 And it came to pass that he said unto them: Behold, here are the waters of Mormon (for thus were they called) and now, as ye are desirous to come into the fold of God, and to be called his people, and are willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light;
9 Yea, and are willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places that ye may be in, even until death, that ye may be redeemed of God, and be numbered with those of the first resurrection, that ye may have eternal life—
10 Now I say unto you, if this be the desire of your hearts, what have you against being baptized in the name of the Lord, as a witness before him that ye have entered into a covenant with him, that ye will serve him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you?
(Mosiah 18:8-10)

As the prophet Alma teaches in the passage above, inherent in the covenant of baptism is the obligation to be a witness of God for the rest of our lives. That makes sense. After all, baptism is a public statement of our loyalty to God and our willingness to obey his commandments. By choosing to be baptized, we agree to make our faith public, and therefore, we should be willing to be open about our faith from that time forward.
This week, I’m learning about sharing the gospel. As I study the Book of Mormon, I’ll consider what we can learn from some of the great missionary stories in the book, and I’ll also consider the doctrines and principles in the book which can help us to share the gospel more effectively.
As I study this topic this week, I will remember that I promised to be a witness for God when I was baptized. I will commit to pray for and participate in missionary opportunities throughout the week as I learn about this important topic.
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