When Aaron visited the father of King Lamoni, who was “king over all the land” (Alma 20:8), the king was initially disappointed. He had invited Aaron’s brother Ammon to visit him and to teach him the gospel (Alma 20:27). He was willing to speak with Aaron, but he asked why Ammon had not come with him.
Aaron replied, “Behold, the Spirit of the Lord has called him another way; he has gone to the land of Ishmael, to teach the people of Lamoni” (Alma 22:4).
Sister Michelle Craig learned a profound lesson from this passage of scripture:
Each of us has a different mission to perform, and at times the Spirit may call us in “another way.” There are many ways to build the kingdom of God as covenant-making, covenant-keeping disciples of Jesus Christ. As His faithful disciple, you can receive personal inspiration and revelation, consistent with His commandments, that is tailored to you. You have unique missions and roles to perform in life and will be given unique guidance to fulfill them.“Spiritual Capacity,” General Conference, October 2019
Sister Craig pointed out that, when Nephi was commanded to obtain the brass plates, he testified that God would “prepare a way” (1 Nephi 3:7). He didn’t say “the way;” he said “a way.” The way he prepares for me may be different from the way he prepares for you. Sister Craig warned us not to miss opportunities to serve others just because they are different from what others have done or from what we had expected.
Today, I will seek for guidance from the Spirit of the Lord to understand how I can serve. I will remember that God may ask me to serve in “another way—” different from the ways other people are serving, and different from the ways I have served in the past. I will be open to those new assignments, so that I don’t miss those opportunities that may uniquely apply to me in my current circumstances.