“I Always Knew” – Alma 30:52

We know more than we realize.

After Korihor was struck by the power of God, he began to see things differently. He acknowledged that he had been teaching falsehoods. He did so “because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind.” Over time, his mind was blinded by the approval he received from others: “I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch that I verily believed that they were true” (Alma 30:53).

He may have believed that his teachings were true, but he actually knew better. “I always knew that there was a God,” he said (Alma 30:52). This reminds me of the regretful words of Amulek: “I was called many times and I would not hear; therefore I knew concerning these things, yet I would not know” (Alma 10:6).

It’s ironic that Korihor, the very person who had accused believers of having frenzied and deranged minds, ended up admitting in the end that he had been deceived, and that he should have always known better. (See Alma 30:16.)

Today, I will take some time to think about the things I know to be true. I will strive to live consistently with the truths I know now, so that I can avoid the regret that accompanies the words, “I always knew.”

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