That the Lord Might Show Forth His Power in Them – Alma 8:30-31

30 And Alma went forth, and also Amulek, among the people, to declare the words of God unto them; and they were filled with the Holy Ghost.
31 And they had power given unto them, insomuch that they could not be confined in dungeons; neither was it possible that any man could slay them; nevertheless they did not exercise their power until they were bound in bands and cast into prison. Now, this was done that the Lord might show forth his power in them.

When we have to endure adversity, we often wonder why. Why me? Why this particular challenge? Why now? As Mormon teaches us through the account of Alma and Amulek, the answer in some cases may be this: because someone nearby can learn important spiritual lessons through your experience.
On one occasion, when Jesus encountered a destitute man who had been born blind, His disciples asked him why this had happened. Was it a consequence of his parents’ sins? Could the man’s own sins have somehow caused this? Jesus responded, “Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him” (John 9:3). He then healed the man, which had a profound impact on his neighbors, who had known him since birth.
On more than one occasion, Neal A. Maxwell taught, “We are each other’s clinical material” (“Jesus, the Perfect Mentor“, Ensign, Feb 2001). Perhaps one meaning of that phrase is that our trials can be beneficial to the people around us who watch us pass through them. That is a powerful insight for me, and an ennobling one. Some of what I endure may be for the benefit of other people–people who know me, people who know what I am going through and how I am coping with it.
Today, as I experience adversity, I will remember my trials may be not only for my own spiritual growth but for the growth of the people around me. I will strive to “endure it well” (D&C 121:8), knowing that my response to my trials can bless not only me but also my family and my neighbors.
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