Wow! I had never really contemplated this scripture in this way and it is very enlightening and appropriate for me. I have often been so frustrated that my husband and I cannot serve a mission at this time, and also frustrated with the Lord for not opening the way for us. I can see now that I need to trust him and accept the work He has given me to do in the here and now.
I like to think that Alma's desire is fulfilled every time another copy of his testimony is received by someone new, as missionaries carry the Book of Mormon to the far corners of the earth.
Larry does well in his effort to think things thoroughly through before drawing conclusions. His best quality, in writing, is his dedication to showing scriptural PATTERNS, and not just isolated verses of scripture. However, despite that his logic bears a true message, I believe he is mistaken to think that the "last law", which the Israelites under Moses failed to obey, is referring to "thou shalt not covet." While that may be the last item mentioned in the list of Ten Commandments, the "last law" Joseph was referring to was, and is the "law of the celestial kingdom", or the Law that rules Zion. This is the law that allows an entire people to enter the presence of the Lord, wherein all are able to "see the face of God." This is the law that Israel failed to embrace as a people. The EXACT SAME THING happened to the LDS people, and this is very plainly set forth in the Lord's own words as recorded in D&C 105:2-9.
Excellent thought! This has often bothered me and you have, so excellently, placed the "sin" into perspective.
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