Thou Mayest Speak Boldly – Alma 18:20-21

20 And the king said: How knowest thou the thoughts of my heart? Thou mayest speak boldly, and tell me concerning these things; and also tell me by what power ye slew and smote off the arms of my brethren that scattered my flocks—
21 And now, if thou wilt tell me concerning these things, whatsoever thou desirest I will give unto thee; and if it were needed, I would guard thee with my armies; but I know that thou art more powerful than all they; nevertheless, whatsoever thou desirest of me I will grant it unto thee.

King Lamoni was impressed with the actions of Ammon. As Mormon relates the events, he makes it a point to highlight the actions which impressed the king:
  1. Ammon had shown courage in fighting to defend the king’s flocks. The king surely knew that he was placing Ammon in a precarious situation. Other servants who had been given the same assignment had failed to stand up to the robbers and had been executed by the king for their cowardice (Alma 17:27-29). Now, he hears that the Nephite who had just arrived in their land had faithfully done his duty and had inspired the other servants to also stand firm.
  2. After performing such a dramatic feat, Ammon had humbly gone on to perform his next duty, which was to feed the king’s horses. Rather than boast of his accomplishments or take a break from his duties, Ammon simply went on to the next task on his list, prompting the king’s praise: “Surely there has not been any servant among all my servants that has been so faithful as this man; for even he doth remember all my commandments to execute them” (Alma 18:10).
  3. When Ammon did appear before the king, he was able to discern the king’s thoughts by the Spirit of the Lord (Alma 18:16).
The king was so impressed by these actions that he wanted to learn from Ammon. His heart was receptive to the gospel message because he had seen firsthand the faithfulness of the messenger. As he invited Ammon to teach, he encouraged him not to hold back: “Thou mayest speak boldly,” he said.

Today, I will remember that my actions may pave the way for me to effectively teach the gospel. I will strive to live the gospel the best I can, recognizing that my efforts to live righteously may open doors and provide opportunities to share the gospel with others, as it did for Ammon.

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