It is surprising that an idea can at once be so popular, attracting people to give it passionate devotion, and at the same time be completely false. Why are people so often crazy enough to jump on a trend that is destructive or just plain foolish against their own best interests? The Book of Mormon gives us countless examples.
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The spiritual transformation that accompanies conversion is not just about being better, although that is part of it. It is about becoming a new creature with an entirely different perspective and purpose that comes from understanding the true nature of our redemption.
Hugh Nibley calls Mosiah 29 one of the most important treatises on political power ever written. In fact, the Book of Mormon has plenty to say about good and bad political leaders. Why does a spiritual book have so much to say about politics? We’ll find out today.
As the sons of Mosiah left on their missions, their absence caused a succession crisis for King Mosiah, their father. His solution was to end the monarchy altogether, and transform the government into a system of judges. This change was completely unprecedented in Nephite history, and makes us wonder where Mosiah got the idea, and why he thought it would be for the best.
Come, Follow Me for Individuals and Families: “They Were Steadfast and Immovable” Mosiah 29 – Alma 4
Especially timely now, Mosiah 29 - Alma 4 shows what “humble followers of God” can do to remain “steadfast and immovable in keeping the commandments of God”, despite whatever shakes around them.
Most of us know what it means to feel low. Mostly we feel low about ourselves. Deep down we know what we are, and if we are humble, we know just how big the gap is between what we are and what we should be. Somehow, His infinite sacrifice releases us, enables us to re-emerge whole in both spirit and body, and to become as He is.
When I was growing up and first learning about the story of Alma the Younger’s conversion in the Book of Mormon, I always pictured him as a rebellious teenager who hung out with the four sons of Mosiah. If you look closely at the record and put the facts together, you come to know something altogether different.