Quail

Be careful what you wish for. And how much you wish for it. And how you allow that wish to influence your decisions. As the children of Israel traveled to the promised land, some of them "fell a lusting" (Numbers 11:4). They wanted meat, and they wanted it now! The manna, which miraculously appeared six... Continue Reading →

Receive Counsel

In Zenos's Allegory of the Olive Tree, there is a scene in which one of the servants questions a decision made by the Lord of the Vineyard. "How comest thou hither to plant this tree, or this branch of the tree?" he asks. "For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of... Continue Reading →

“It Shall Be Disposed of by a Council”

If you want to increase the probability of making wise decisions, form a council. When Ammon and his fellow missionaries saw that their converts were being slaughtered by their enemies, he convened a council with government leaders to determine how to deal with the crisis. (See Alma 24:5.)When the Nephite army faced precarious circumstances, Captain... Continue Reading →

“Prepare the Minds of Their Children”

In 1833, the Lord instructed several church leaders to pay more attention to their families. He told them to teach their children "light and truth," to set in order their homes, and to be "more diligent and concerned at home" (Doctrine and Covenants 93:41-50). The prophet Alma explained to his son Corianton that one reason... Continue Reading →

Rashly

Alma counseled his son Shiblon to "bridle all [his] passions, that [he] may be filled with love" (Alma 38:12). He told another son, Corianton, to "cross [himself]" and to "counsel with [his] elder brothers in [his] undertakings." And he added, "give heed to their counsel" (Alma 39:9-10). While our gut reaction to our circumstances may... Continue Reading →

“I Will Ease Your Mind Somewhat” – Alma 39:17

King Benjamin taught his people that they should administer to the relief of others "both spiritually and temporally, according to their wants" (Mosiah 4:26). Alma gave the same commandment to the members of the newly organized church at the waters of Mormon (Mosiah 18:27-29). What does it mean to administer relief spiritually? One example might... Continue Reading →

No Excuse – Alma 39:4

After identifying a major sin his son has committed, Alma preemptively refutes a potential justification: Yea, she did steal away the hearts of many; but this was no excuse for thee, my son. Thou shouldst have tended to the ministry wherewith thou wast entrusted (Alma 39:4). Several chapters later, at the end of Alma's remarks,... Continue Reading →

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