We can respect and build upon the beliefs of others, even people with whom we disagree. When Ammon asked King Lamoni if he believed in God, the king replied, "I do not know what that meaneth." Ammon, recognizing that the king was not devoid of belief, asked a follow-up question: "Believest thou that there is... Continue Reading →
“Fellow-Servants” (Alma 17:29)
What inspires you to serve? For me, it is often seeing other people serve. Several years ago, I met a young couple in Chennai, India. They were running a school for young children who lived in a leprosy colony. After talking with them for a short time, I was struck by how happy they were.... Continue Reading →
The Role of Women in the Conversion of Lamoni’s People
I've been thinking today about the role of women in the conversion of King Lamoni’s people. Here are some observations: After Ammon taught the gospel to Lamoni, the king prayed for mercy. Immediately, "he fell unto the earth, as if he were dead." In response, "his servants took him and carried him in unto his... Continue Reading →
“For the Space of an Hour” – Alma 18:14
I've been working on being a better listener, so I was inspired by Ammon's response when King Lamoni failed to answer a question. Here's the story: King Lamoni was overwhelmed when he learned that his new servant, Ammon, had singlehandedly driven away a large group of marauders who were trying to scatter his sheep. The... Continue Reading →
“I Do Not Know All Things” – Words of Mormon 1:7
When Nephi was asked a difficult question, he responded first with something he knew—"I know that [God] loveth his children"—but then followed up with an acknowledgement of his limitations—"nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things" (1 Nephi 11:17). When Ammon asked King Lamoni if he believed in God, Lamoni answered, "I do... Continue Reading →
What Does the Book of Mormon Teach About the Creation of the Earth?
It's so easy to have a narrow perspective. Our brains have finite capacity, and we all have tasks that must be done today. Focusing on the here and now may seem to be imperative. But provincial thinking can result in distorted perception and poor decisions. Book of Mormon prophets understood the importance of seeing the... Continue Reading →
When Should I Express Gratitude?
The Book of Mormon clearly teaches that we should always be grateful: Alma taught his people at the waters of Mormon that they should observe the sabbath day once a week, but that "every day they should give thanks to the Lord their God" (Alma 18:23). Amulek urged the Zoramites to "live in thanksgiving daily"... Continue Reading →
What Does It Mean to Be “Caught with Guile?”
Clever isn't always bad. The 1828 Webster's Dictionary defines "guile" as "Craft; cunning; artifice; duplicity; deceit," and then it adds, "usually in a bad sense." The Oxford English Dictionary defines the word as "Sly or cunning intelligence." The word only appears once in the Book of Mormon, in a decidedly positive sense. After Ammon singlehandedly... Continue Reading →
How Can I Be Bold Without Being Overbearing?
Near the end of his remarks to his son Shiblon, Alma gave him the following advice: Use boldness, but not overbearance (Alma 38:12). To be bold is to be "confident, courageous, and willing to take risks." To be overbearing is to be "unpleasantly overpowering." (Oxford English Dictionary) Boldness is the outcome of an inner battle. You... Continue Reading →
How Can I Be a Better Employee?
Many of us spend a large amount of time at work, contributing to the goals of an organization and interacting with peers, subordinates, and managers. Today, I found the following principles in the Book of Mormon to help me be a better employee: Principle #1: Take ownership. Three days after Ammon accepted the assignment to... Continue Reading →