After being forced to leave the city of Ammonihah, Alma saw an angel who commanded him to go back. The angel didn’t explain how things would be different this time, just that he should return and preach to the people of Ammonihah again. In response, he returned “speedily” (Alma 8:8-18).
Arriving at the city, Alma was famished. He had been fasting for many days. He approached a stranger with a simple request: “Will ye give to an humble servant of God something to eat?” (Alma 8:19). This man welcomed Alma into his home, fed him, and allowed him to teach and bless his family for many days (Alma 8:20-27, Alma 10:7-11). Then, he accompanied Alma to preach to his fellow-citizens, adding his witness to Alma’s.
This man was named Amulek. Before this experience, he would have seemed an unlikely missionary companion for Alma. He was a wealthy man with a good reputation in the city. Although his ancestors had been people of faith, he was not particularly interested in religion (Alma 10:4-5). He had been “called many times,” but he “would not hear” (Alma 10:6). But this time, he heard, and he responded.
Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf has suggested that there is a lesson for us in this story:
For whatever reason, sometimes we…are reluctant to find and ask our Amuleks. Perhaps we think that we can do the work better by ourselves, or we are reluctant to inconvenience others, or we assume that others would not want to participate. Too often we hesitate to invite people to use their God-given talents and engage in the great work of salvation….
In whatever position you currently serve…to be successful, you must find your Amuleks.
(“Learn from Alma and Amulek,” General Conference, October 2016)
Today, I will follow the example of Alma and recruit others to help in the work of salvation. I will remember that I need their help and that they will be blessed as they engage and serve in the work of the Lord.