No One Hath Told Me, Save It Be God – Alma 20:2-5

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.
(Alma 20:2-5)

The prophet Joseph Smith said he lived by the following rule: “When the Lord commands, do it” (Teachings of the Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, Chapter 13)  President Thomas S. Monson frequently counseled us never to postpone a prompting. He said, “I believe that the more we act upon the inspiration and impressions which come to us, the more the Lord will entrust to us His errands” (“Consider the Blessings,” General Conference, October 2012).

Ammon’s father had set an example of asking God for guidance on important decisions and following the answers he received. When his sons asked permission to serve as missionaries among the Lamanites, he asked the Lord what he should do and received assurances that they would be protected (Mosiah 28:5-8). It’s not surprising to see Ammon following his father’s example in the passage above: acting with faith on knowledge he had received through the Spirit of the Lord. Some time later, when Lamoni’s people were being attacked by vicious enemies, Ammon suggested to the king that they seek help from the Nephites. Although Lamoni expressed skepticism that the Nephites would treat them kindly, Ammon said, “I will go and inquire of the Lord, and if he say unto us, go down unto our brethren, will ye go?” Following Ammon’s example of faithful obedience, the king responded, “Yea, if the Lord saith unto us go, we will go” (Alma 27:7-8).

Elder Ronald A. Rasband has taught that we need to learn to trust and act on the first promptings we receive from the Holy Ghost:

We must be confident in our first promptings. Sometimes we rationalize; we wonder if we are feeling a spiritual impression or if it is just our own thoughts. When we begin to second-guess, even third-guess, our feelings—and we all have—we are dismissing the Spirit; we are questioning divine counsel. The Prophet Joseph Smith taught that if you will listen to the first promptings, you will get it right nine times out of ten (“Let the Holy Spirit Guide,” General Conference, April 2017).

Today, I will follow Ammon’s example by acting on the promptings I receive from the Holy Ghost in answer to my prayers. Rather than second-guess the inspiration I receive, I will recommit to follow the voice of the Spirit when I hear it trusting that God will bless me as I choose to act in faith.

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