2 And the voice of the Lord came to Ammon, saying: Thou shalt not go up to the land of Nephi, for behold, the king will seek thy life; but thou shalt go to the land of Middoni; for behold, thy brother Aaron, and also Muloki and Ammah are in prison.
3 Now it came to pass that when Ammon had heard this, he said unto Lamoni: Behold, my brother and brethren are in prison at Middoni, and I go that I may deliver them.
4 Now Lamoni said unto Ammon: I know, in the strength of the Lord thou canst do all things. But behold, I will go with thee to the land of Middoni; for the king of the land of Middoni, whose name is Antiomno, is a friend unto me; therefore I go to the land of Middoni, that I may flatter the king of the land, and he will cast thy brethren out of prison. Now Lamoni said unto him: Who told thee that thy brethren were in prison?
5 And Ammon said unto him: No one hath told me, save it be God; and he said unto me—Go and deliver thy brethren, for they are in prison in the land of Middoni.
Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia,
After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas.
And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us (Acts 16:6-9).
As Mormon highlights in the Book of Mormon passage above, Ammon also received guidance from the Lord, both about where he shouldn’t go and where he should go. Specifically, the Lord told him not to go to the land of Nephi (as Lamoni had requested in the prior verse), because his life would be in danger there. Instead, he was directed to the land of Middoni, where his brother Aaron and two of their fellow missionaries, Muloki and Ammah, had been cast into prison.
I like the simple faith and sincerity in Ammon’s response when Lamoni asks him how he knows all of this: “No one hath told me, save it be God.”
Just as the Lord directed the Apostle Paul, and just as He directed Ammon, I know that He can provide guidance to me, both about what I shouldn’t do and about what I should do. Today, I will take the time to ask specific questions about decisions I currently face, and I will listen for answers. I will act on the direction I receive, trusting that the guidance I receive from God is reliable and true.