Sorrow and Rejoicing – Alma 28:1-14

1 And now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the land of Jershon, and a church also established in the land of Jershon, and the armies of the Nephites were set round about the land of Jershon, yea, in all the borders round about the land of Zarahemla; behold the armies of the Lamanites had followed their brethren into the wilderness.

2 And thus there was a tremendous battle; yea, even such an one as never had been known among all the people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea, and tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad. [The greatest battle in the history of these people since Lehi arrived takes place when the Lamanites followed the Anti-Nephi-Lehies into the wilderness.] 

3 Yea, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the people of Nephi; nevertheless, the Lamanites were driven and scattered, and the people of Nephi returned again to their land. [Because of the sudden attack of the Lamanites against Ammonihah the Nephites were wise to have watchtowers set up throughout the land.]

4 And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation heard throughout all the land, among all the people of Nephi—

5 Yea, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father; and thus the cry of mourning was heard among all of them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain.

6 And now surely this was a sorrowful day; yea, a time of solemnity, and a time of much fasting and prayer.

7 And thus endeth the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; [So much has happened in just 15 years. So much war and death.]

8 And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi, their sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and safety of the brethren in the land of Jershon. And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls forever.

9 And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites, and also the wars between the Nephites and the Lamanites; and the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended.

10 And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives; yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed.

11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred, because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless wo.

12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult [are elated] in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of God, in a state of never-ending happiness.

13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man [difference in circumstances] is because of sin and transgression, and the power of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men.

14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing—sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy because of the light of Christ unto life.

This world is filled with good and evil, love and hate, happiness and death; but few are willing to take hold of the iron rod which leads to Life. The devil truly ensnares the hearts of people with lies, fear, discouragement, and pride. What does it take to awaken our family, friends, and neighbors? We can serve them, show love, and be an example, but it is not enough. The only way we can truly be a servant of God is to have charity.

You might ask, “But, isn’t that what you just listed?” Yes, but those are the fruits of charity, not charity itself. True charity is to know the mind of God, or as it is written, “the pure love of Christ.” This is to know God’s will regarding ourselves and others. Without truly knowing Him, we are “nothing” in the kingdom of Heaven.

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4 Responses to Sorrow and Rejoicing – Alma 28:1-14

  1. daniel Dylan says:

    Thank you so much for your comments at the end of this chapter. Your posts are so inspirational to me. They so inspire me to press forward, to show the fruits of charity, and know the will of the Lord in all things. Only He knows the way . Thank you so much. Your blog makes such a huge difference in my life. God bless you in all your works.

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  2. Bryce Passey says:

    A few years back I realized that when Mormon abridged these records, he had seen our day and that no one in his days would ever read these words. They were meant for us… a message/warning across time. Now, when I read small insertions, like this chapter, I read them very differently than I had traditionally. This chapter is, to me, a very sobering warning.

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  3. Lyle Wood says:

    [What does it take to awaken our family, friends, and neighbors? We can serve them, show love, and be an example, but it is not enough. The only way we can truly be a servant of God is to have charity.] I ask myself the above question every day. My wife and I are diligent in our efforts of service toward the above list; yet I never feel it is enough, or that my family, friends, and neighbors are awake!
    [You might ask, “But, isn’t that what you just listed?” Yes, but those are the fruits of charity, not charity itself. True charity is to know the mind of God, or as it is written, “the pure love of Christ.” This is to know God’s will regarding ourselves and others.] My question: What does that look like in my daily life…to know God’s will regarding ourselves and others? Am I to perceive what to do for others as the Lord would act and do for them? Regarding myself; am I to be brutally honest and obedient with my inner knower which tells me what the best in me should do or be? How do I identify “True Charity”?? [True charity is to walk in the Spirit of God knowing His will for you and others. When such light is bestowed upon us we are worthy of the baptism of fire and gift of the Holy Ghost. This is the promise of the Sacramental Prayer, “that the Spirit shall always be with them.” When this is the case we will know exactly how the Lord desires us to do His will in regard to our family and others. PR]

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  4. Mike Ross says:

    It seems like what needs to happen is to know the mind of God so well that you can intervene in subtle ways without impingement of agency but just enough to stir them up to rememberance. Just enough to get them to turn their head back to the Lord.

    I believe that Charity is the full endowment of the Holy Ghost… who shows/tells us all things what we must do.

    Is there any room for this sort of intervention?

    If loving and serving is not enough shouldn’t we be striving to hear how the Lord would have us work miracles in people’s lives to help bring them to a state of turning back to Him?

    Ammon, as we just read, did it with King Lamoni… is that what a full manifestation of Charity looks like? [Yes, Ammon fully demonstrated this virtue and gift of the Spirit. As we pray for others the Lord can show us how to be an instrument in His hand. It is more important that we be an advocate for those we love, as we pray in their behalf, and the Lord guides us to do what He would have us do. PR]

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