Your Influence – Alma 46:9

Never underestimate the influence that one person can have.

Mormon opens his account of the seven-year war between the Nephites and the Lamanites by focusing on two leaders: Amalickiah and Moroni. After describing the influence Amalickiah had over many of the Nephites and the disruptive effect of his leadership, Mormon explains what we can learn from this story:

We…see the great wickedness one very wicked man can cause to take place among the children of men (Alma 46:9).

Immediately afterward, he relates the story of Captain Moroni writing the core values of the Nephite people on a makeshift flag made from his ripped coat and using it to rally the people to the cause of freedom (Alma 46:19-21).

Mormon’s message is clear: one person can have an enormous influence for good or for evil.

Church leaders have reminded us on many occasions that our influence may be larger than we realize. For example:

  • Thomas S. Monson: “Never underestimate the far-reaching influence of your testimony” (“Be Thou an Example,” General Conference, April 2005).
  • Bonnie S. Parkin: “Don’t underestimate your ability to share His love through a simple, genuine gesture” (“Eternally Encircled in His Love,” General Conference, October 2006).
  • Elaine S. Dalton: “I truly believe that one virtuous young woman or young man, led by the Spirit, can change the world” (“A Return to Virtue,” General Conference, October 2008).

Today, I will remember this important lesson: my voice can have an impact, and it may have a bigger impact than I realize. I will choose to speak up with a voice of testimony, love, and virtue, believing that my voice can make a difference in the world.

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