A Portion of That Spirit Dwelleth in Me – Alma 18:34-35

34 Ammon said unto him: I am a man; and man in the beginning was created after the image of God, and I am called by his Holy Spirit to teach these things unto this people, that they may be brought to a knowledge of that which is just and true;
35 And a portion of that Spirit dwelleth in me, which giveth me knowledge, and also power according to my faith and desires which are in God.
(Alma 18:34-35)

When King Lamoni heard of Ammon’s miraculous strength in protecting his livestock from an intimidating gang of marauders, he sent for him. When Ammon appeared, the king didn’t dare to speak. For an hour, he sat silently, and Ammon waited patiently.  Finally, with a little prompting from Ammon, the king asked the question that was on his mind, “Who art thou?” He sensed that Ammon had more than human power, and he wanted to understand where this power came from.

Ammon taught the king about God and then explained that he had been called by God to preach the gospel. He explained that the Spirit of the Lord, which was with him, gave him knowledge and power, and that he had received these great blessings because of his faith and because of his desire to do the will of God.

President Ezra Taft Benson affirmed the importance of the Holy Ghost in missionary work:

The Spirit is the most important single element in this work. With the Spirit and magnifying your call, you can do miracles for the Lord in the mission field. Without the Spirit you will never succeed regardless of your talent and ability
(Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Ezra Taft Benson, Chapter 12: “Seek the Spirit in All You Do“).

Today, I will follow the example of Ammon in my gospel teaching. I will invite the companionship of the Holy Ghost by exercising faith and by letting the Lord know that I am willing to follow His guidance. I will remember that, with the Spirit of the Lord, I will receive knowledge and power which will enable me to be successful in doing the Lord’s work.

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