His Promise… Made Was Rash

Alma 51

There is a footnote on the word “rash” that has me considering its meaning and also contemplating past decision that were made rashly, or in haste.

Rashness when resulting in anger seems to be a faulty formula, and maybe this is where anger can be acceptable when separated from rashness (that is, acting quickly or hastily as a result of something provocative.)

There are a couple of other brief thoughts. Moroni was angry with the King-men that thought because of their nobility to place themselves upon the corpus of the Nephite people.

And it came to pass that when Moroni saw this, and also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the borders of the land, he was exceedingly wroth because of the stubbornness of those people whom he had labored with so much diligence to preserve; yea, he was exceedingly wroth; his soul was filled with anger against them.

Verse 14, emphasis added

Then as I read about the needless suffering and destruction that took place as a result of the King-men’s opposition to the government which allowed the Lamanites to overpower and kill many good people, and I could help but feel a degree of anger, pain, and sorrow for the pride that cause this to happen.

–Jamás hubo época más dichosa–

Alma 50

Este capítulo demuestra la realidad de esta frase que puse como tituló.

Fue en la seguridad que proveyó los preparativos al pueblo nefita que animó a los nefitas a unirse a las fuerzas de Moroni. Esto resultó en el crecimiento de las fuerzas de Moroni.

(Yo sé que hay más aquí en estos versículos que no estoy viendo.)

There Never Was a Happier Time

Alma 50

It seems to me that the essesnse of their happiness was in the labors that they were performing to prepare themselves to be protected against the Lamanites.

Building Walls Around the City

There seems to me to be a spiritual parallel between the construction of the walls (mounds of earth, topped with a layer of timbers, topped with a layer of pickets, with lookout towers on top) and the preparations that we need to make to protect ourselves against the spiritual attacks of the adversary.

Another way in which Moroni defended his land against the Lamanites is that he lined the border of the land with cities, that could support armies. It wasn’t just one city, it was multiple cities, just as there is greater strength in families.

“How Merciful and Just Are All the Dealings of the Lord”

(See vs. 19) This is one of those statements that starts with “And thus we see…”, but I’m not seeing it. I’m not makig the connection yet. But this is exactly what the Spirit of the Lord wants me to understand about this passage of scriptures.

It seems counter-intuitive that in making preparations to defend oneself against war that the grand conclusion of it all would be: Behold, God is merciful and just in all his dealings. But that’s exactly what is being stated here.

…Inasmuch as they shall keep my acommandments they shall prosper in the land.

vs. 20

What are the commandments that Moroni and the Nephites are being so attentive to that such profound blessings are extended to them? It doesn’t expressly state in this chapter what the commandements were, only that they “were faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord,” (vs. 22) and consequently the Lord delivered them out of bondage every time.

A host of ills are listed as violations of the commandments that resulted in war and destruction, but we’re not spelling out here. I guess what I’m trying to ascertain here is whether it was in response to their observance of the commandments of God that they were blessed enough as a people to prepare, or was it in the actual preparation that the blessings of the commandments were obtained. I feel that is the latter, in the actions of doing, that the blessings were obtained. But is also a reciprocal effect that as we do, we are blessed in the ability to do more.

In work are the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ obtained.

–Hubo paz continua entre ellos–

Alma 49

Las observaciones finales en este capítulo habla de la fidelidad de Moroni y el pueblo nefita durante este tiempo de guerra. Al reconocer el ventaja que fue dado a ellos por medio de los preparativos de Moroni, el pueblo dio gracias al Señor.

Su prosperidad vino por medio de la atención que les prestaron a la palabra de Dios, no por medio de su fuerzas propias en la batalla.

“Astonished at Their Manner of Preparation”

Alma 49

Moroni did a tremendous work of preparation for when the Lamanites came up to attack the people of the Nephites. Even though in their past, there was a terrible slaughter and destruction that took place at the land of Ammonihah, Moroni learned from this experience, and prepared the place to be strong. Weak things became strong.

Moroni also prepared other parts of the land that were known to be weak, to become stronger.

There was one thing that gave Moroni the advantage in this situation against the armies of the Lamanites. It was his creative approach towards defending the lands of the Nephites, for it was done in a way that had never been known before among them. Because it was “new” the enemy was not prepared to.

–No obstante su renuencia–

Alma 48:22-25

Estos versículos finales repasan unas decisiones doctrinales que fueron difíciles para los que tenían conocimiento de la verdad. Fue difícil tomar armas contra sus hermanos para matarles, y enviarles de esta vida no preparados de presentarse ante Dios. Se supone entonces que los nefitas entendían que esta vida era un tiempo para prepararse para este mundo que viene, después de este tiempo de probación.

Pero, aunque fue penoso para los nefitas enviar sus hermanos al mundo eterno sin la preparación necesario, fue de mayor importancia para ellos perseverar el modo de vida que permitía no destruyera sus familias y el espacio que permitía que ellos podría progresar.

O sea, siento que ellos valieron el hogar y la familia y la iglesia que enseñaban los mandamientos de Dios hasta el punto de defenderlo contra los que no lo tenia.

–En hacer bien–

Alma 48:11-24

Los versículos 15 y 16 me llaman la atención esta mañana.

Y esta era su fe, que si lo hacían, Dios los prosperaría en la tierra, o en otras palabras, si eran fieles en guardar los mandamientos de Dios, él los prosperaría en la tierra; sí, los amonestaría a huir o a prepararse para la guerra, según el peligro en que se vieran

y también, que Dios les manifestaría a dónde debían ir para defenderse de sus enemigos, y haciendo esto, el Señor los libraría; y esta era la fe de Moroni, y su corazón se gloriaba en ello; no en la efusión de sangre, sino en hacer bien, en preservar a su pueblo, sí, en obedecer los mandamientos de Dios, sí, y en resistir la iniquidad.

Alma 48:15-16, énfasis añadida

Si somos fieles en guardar los mandamientos de Dios, las instrucciones específicas que pertenece a cada situación, Dios nos prosperaran. Y en esto, se gloriaba el corazón de Moroni, o sea, en hacer bien.

–Preparando para defender–

Alma 48:1-10

Amalickíah logró tener control por completo del pueblo de los lamanitas. Lo hizo sin dinero. Y en el momento que llegó tener dominio sobre el reino de los lamanitas, inmediatamente incitó al corazón del pueblo en contra de los nefitas.

En sus preparaciones para ir contra los nefitas, Amalickíah también apuntó a lideres los que tenían experiencia de entre los nefitas.

Lo que más me impresiona es que Moroni fue proactivo en sus preparaciones para proteger su pueblo. Estaba cambiando los fuertes y sitios de refugio para que estuviesen listos para los ataques de los lamanitas.

“Prosper in the Land”

Alma 48:11-25

I appreciate the simplicity of the statements on prosperity found in this chapter. These verse give so much understand into our perspectives on faith and prosperity.

The Nephite nation was reluctant to go to war against their brethren, yet they understood that it was better to defend themselves than to permit themselves to be destroyed by the wickedness of the Lamanite dissenters.

“Moroni, On the Other Hand, Had Been Preparing”

Alma 48:1-11

I have been tempted as of late to dwell perhaps a little too much on the agenda of the anti-industrialists, assuming that much of today’s maladies are the result of technology and industrialization. I know deep down inside that this is not so, but rather it is man’s abuses of any age that are wrong. Many modern constructs are to be challenged though. Many ideas are still to be corrected.

Long before our present time, Amalickiah inspired the hearts of a people in his civilization to do war against the Nephites. There was no industrialization. There was no technology. And yet people gathered. People were influenced. The social experience was had and people chose one side or the other.

It is Babylon that we are fighting against — seeking for Zion.

Moroni is juxtaposed to Amalickiah in these verses. While Amalickiah is focused on a brute force power grab, Moroni is fortifying the faithful, actively putting into place measures that had never before been known among the Nephite civilization.